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ARLA Conference

2017 Speakers

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Julian Worricker - Conference Moderator

Julian Worricker

ARLA welcomes Julian’s return as moderator of the Conference for the fourth consecutive year.

A hugely experienced host and moderator, he has hosted several conferences which have involved moderating panels of experts on various topics, conducted Question Time style sessions, presented awards and generally immersed himself in the chosen subject.

Julian has been working at the BBC since 1985 and is currently a presenter for the BBC News Channel’s rolling news and the BBC World Service’s Weekend World Today programme. Julian also presents various programmes and documentaries for BBC Radio 4, including Any Answers?, the programme which invites listeners to respond to the issues raised on the preceding topical discussion programme, Any Questions?

Julian joined the BBC in 1985 as a staff reporter for BBC Radio Leicester before moving to Midlands Today as a TV presenter. He joined Five Live at its launch in 1994, initially as a newsreader and reporter, but was soon a regular presenter on Weekend Breakfast and stayed there for 13 years as the presenter of Nationwide, Breakfast, where he worked alongside Victoria Derbyshire.

In December 2006, he reported from Australia during The Ashes for the Breakfast programme on Five Live. In September 2007 Julian decided to take a six month break from both Five Live and BBC News to go travelling around the world

Nik Madan - ARLA President

Nik Madan ARLA Conference

Nik Madan is the Group Lettings Development Director at Connells Group.

Nik oversaw a two-year expansion programme opening over 120 lettings branches across the country, the largest sustained expansion programme ever undertaken by a UK lettings agency. Nik's current brief is to oversee the Connells Group's Corporate Lettings business working with asset managers, institutional investors and the PRS sector.

Nik's background has always been in lettings having worked in the industry for 21 years including 12 years at John D Wood & Co. running their lettings business.

David Cox - ARLA Managing Director

David Cox

David Cox joined the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) as Managing Director in June 2014.

He has a strong policy and stakeholder engagement background, having held previous senior policy roles at the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI).

A trained barrister, David has also acted as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP.

Claer Barrett

Claer Barrett

Claer Barrett is editor of FT Money, and responsible for all of the Financial Times’ personal finance coverage, having been at the publication since 2011.

She regularly appears on BBC breakfast discussing a host of personal finance issues, including the letting agent fee ban on the day of the Autumn Statement last year.

Claer is an award winning journalist, and last year was awarded the Financial Commentator of the Year Award at the Headline Money Awards in 2016.

Robert Bolwell

Robert Bolwell ARLA Conference

Rob Bolwell is the Head of Dutton Gregory’s nationally recognised Landlord & Tenant Department whose clients include legal expenses insurers, corporate and private landlords and developers. 

Rob advises on complicated dilapidation and possession cases and works for a number of clients with large block management portfolios.

A regular speaker at ARLA (and other) conferences he recently collaborated with Louisa Fletcher on the acclaimed publication ‘Property Uncovered’.

Tim Douglas - Policy & Campaigns Officer, ARLA

Tim Douglas ARLA Conference

Tim joined ARLA in July 2015 having previously worked as a Researcher for MEPs and an MP.

He helps ARLA members understand key policy issues and legislative changes.

Tim responds to consultations and attends meetings on behalf of ARLA to extend its influence with other organisations and the government.

Tim has played 200 National League Rugby Union games and is a local Councillor in Rugby.

Gareth Fowler

Gareth Fowler ARLA Conference

Managing Director, Keysafe (UK) Ltd

Gareth founded Keysafe in 2000 and has been managing director for the past 15 years.

A long-time advocate for confirming tenants’ immigration status as part of mitigating landlord risk, Gareth was involved with ARLA training of agents for the Right to Rent pilot scheme in the West Midlands which the Home Office declared a resounding success.

Under Gareth’s stewardship, Keysafe has performed well above expectations – pioneering new approaches to tenant vetting, and attracting a roster of demanding, nationally-recognised clients.

Many long-standing customer relationships have been built on the back of Gareth’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and friendly, expert advice.

Over the years, Gareth has become a well-known and respected figure in the letting industry, and is a regular speaker at industry events – most recently on the subject of tenant immigration checks and landlord duties under Right to Rent.

William Hague

William Hague ARLA Conference 2017

William Hague was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After attending a local comprehensive (and causing a media sensation as a schoolboy speaker at the Conservative Party Conference), he studied at Oxford and INSEAD, and worked in management consultancy. He then served as Member of Parliament for Richmond for 26 years.

William has been a prominent political leader for more than 20 years, serving as Leader of the Conservative Party and as Foreign Secretary. After announcing his intention to step down, he concluded his political career as First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons. In four years as Foreign Secretary William dealt with a turbulent period encompassing wars in Libya and Syria, withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Ukraine crisis, the struggle against terrorism and relations with Europe.

He expanded Britain’s diplomatic network and placed a renewed emphasis on export success. He was also responsible for two of Britain’s intelligence agencies, and visited more countries than any Foreign Secretary in history. William also led the negotiating team that created coalition government in 2010. His mix of international and domestic experience has given him a deep knowledge of the inside of politics and the reasons for growing instability in world affairs.

He speaks with great authority on the impact of technological change, population movement, economic trends and the rise of religious intolerance on our economy and all our lives. Having known many global leaders, he speaks from rich experience about different styles of leadership – drawing on numerous debates with Tony Blair and first-hand knowledge of the world’s Presidents from George W Bush to Vladimir Putin.

William is also well known as a raconteur, hailed by Hillary Clinton as “the David Beckham of toasting.” With true Yorkshire wit and natural comic timing he describes the pitfalls of politics and the disasters caused when media, drink, politicians and debating come together. He is also an accomplished historian, author of two bestsellers and winner of the History Book of the Year Award.

William lives in Wales and Yorkshire with his wife Ffion. He continues with his humanitarian work, including the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative which he co-founded with Angelina Jolie Pitt, and work to combat the illegal trade in wildlife.

Dianne Hayter

Dianne Hayter ARLA Conference

Dianne Hayter is the Shadow Minister for Brexit, and for Consumers, in the Lords and has recently chaired the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Review into Mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) for all letting agents.

Before entering the Lords, she ran a number of organisations including the Fabian Society, Alcohol Concern and the Pelican Cancer Trust.

She was also a Board Member of the National Consumer Council, the Board for Actuarial Standards, the Insolvency Practices Council and the NPSA, was Vice Chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, and chaired both the Legal Services Consumer Panel and the Property Standards Board.

She has a PhD in history, has written or edited a number of books, and is a Visiting Professor at Westminster University.

Ross Jezzard

Ross Jezzard ARLA Conference

Ross is the Founder and Director of Jezzards.

Starting as an online agent, Jezzards was one of the first companies to operate a hybrid model and now provides both an online and traditional agency service from their four branches in South West London and Surrey.

With over a decade’s experience in lettings, Ross has worked in both corporate and independent agencies before establishing his own firm in 2013.

Ross has also been a prominent member of ARLA Propertymark for many years; initially acting as Regional Representative for South London before being appointed as an ARLA Board Member and in 2014 he was elected by the membership to serve as a Board Director of the National Federation of Property Professionals (now Propertymark).

Sam Mitchell

Sam Mitchell ARLA Conference 2017

Sam joined Rightmove as Head of Lettings in April 2015 and has overall responsibility for Rightmove’s lettings business.

Previously, he spent 13 years in estate agency where he held a variety of senior roles across with Foxtons in their head office before heading to New York to run their mortgage business.

Sam returned to the UK to run Foxtons property management business before joining LSL as Regional Managing Director running 30+ Your Move branches.

Immediately prior to joining Rightmove he held the position of CEO of UK Sotheby's International Realty.

Robert Peston

Robert Peston ARLA Conference

Robert Peston is ITVs Political Editor and host of their new flagship politics and current affairs show, Peston on Sunday.

He covers the latest happenings in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the important players on the national and international political scenes. Prior to his high-profile move Robert was the BBC’s Economics Editor, revealing the stories behind the statistics and explaining the implications of domestic, European and global economic shifts.

Before that, as Business Editor, he broadcast and published a series of exclusive and influential stories about the global financial situation. He revealed the crises at Northern Rock and RBS, the emergency rescue of HBOS, and the tumult around the credit crunch, bailouts and austerity. B

efore joining the BBC, Robert was City and Assistant Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, in charge of the business and money sections. and the FT’s Financial Editor. At the FT, he was a member of the editorial board and earlier he served as its Political Editor, Banking Editor and founder of the investigations unit.

Away from the cameras Robert has also won plaudits for his online journalism, and he is the author of critically acclaimed books including How Do We Fix This Mess? and Who Runs Britain?. Both examine the causes and long-term implications of the 2008 financial crisis.

Amongst of wealth of journalism awards Robert has to his name, he has won the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year, and Scoop of the Year (twice), the Wincott Prize for financial journalism, and the Broadcasting Press Guild’s award for Best Performer in a non-acting role.

Robert has written and presented a number of documentaries and factual series, notably four films about China’s boom and probable bust, two films on the EU referendum, three films on the financial crisis, and the popular series Robert Peston Goes Shopping.

Vicky Spratt

Vicky Spratt ARLA Conference

Vicky Spratt is deputy editor of millennial news and lifestyle brand The Debrief.

Previously a BBC political producer and broadcast journalist much of her work centres around making political news relatable and digestible for digital natives.

She fronted The Debrief’s campaign Make Renting Fair which resulted in the government’s letting fee ban.

The housing crisis is a special area of interest for her, both professionally and personally because, simply, she’s (like 86% of The Debrief’s readers) is at the sharp end of it every day.

 

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