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Tributes for senior NRLA executive who has died of cancer

A senior figure in the National Residential Landlords Association died over the weekend after being diagnosed with cancer.

It was the Deputy Director for Policy and Research, John Stewart.

He had held his post since the NRLA was established in 2020, and prior to that served as Policy Manager for the Residential Landlords Association for almost six years.


Before joining the RLA he served as Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, having been a councilor in Aberdeen for nine years, including almost two years as its leader.

Chief executive Ben Beadle says: “We are desperately sad to learn of John’s passing.

“During his time at the NRLA, and prior to that the Residential Landlords Association, John was a popular and valued friend, colleague and mentor. He worked tirelessly for the organisation and its members with passion and conviction.

“Known for his love of Eurovision and Kilmarnock FC, John was well respected within the industry for his knowledge and experience and was committed to creating a fair and well-functioning private rented sector for landlords and tenants alike. He will be missed by many.

“Whilst we mourn his loss, we fondly remember his sense of humor, and the kindness and support he showed towards those he met and worked with. These continued to be his hallmarks, even as he faced his devastating diagnosis.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go to John’s husband, Neil, and his wider family and friends at this difficult time.”

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