Carolyn Uphill, Chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA).
The NLA represents private landlords across the United Kingdom, providing advice, guidance, professional development, and working to affect positive change for both its members and everyone involved in the private rented sector (PRS). We are the largest representative body for private landlords, and currently work with over 66,500 landlords, 31,000 of which are paying members.
About the Role
To improve its effectiveness, market penetration, membership and commercial income, as well as to provide for fresh ideas and successors to the current directors and Chairman in due course, the NLA is seeking to strengthen its Board by recruiting up to 2 new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) able to contribute to its ambitious growth and development plans.
The role of the Board is to develop strategies that ensure that the NLA is effective, robust, and financially capable of supporting its members, plotting an often difficult course through campaigns, support, advice, and the provision of best practice in the PRS.
NEDs need to remain abreast of legislation and issues affecting the PRS, have rational, independent and timely decision making abilities and to commit between 18 to 24 days per year to NLA business.
Duties will include attendance at Board meetings in London (normally 5 per year) plus associated preparation and fiduciary duties, for which a flat fee of £5,000pa is payable. In addition, NEDs may be co-opted to serve on one or more sub-committees and some special projects or events for which an hourly rate is payable.
Commercial experience at director-level is desirable and the Board is particularly keen to identify a suitable candidate with a strong understanding of IT issues in a services environment.
Candidates will be, or have recently been, active in the private rented sector, preferably as landlords, or in a related and relevant way and be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of and empathy with the private individual landlord.
They must have a working knowledge of relevant company law and corporate governance. Sound presentation skills and media interview experience would be an advantage.
About the NLA
The NLA is committed to raising the standards in the PRS, countering the negative perceptions of the industry and reducing the calls for restrictive legislation which prevents growth, penalises the responsible majority, and adversely affects private renting for both landlords and tenants.
With a head office in the heart of central London and a committed network of regional representatives, the NLA is actively engaged in influencing policy and opinion, as well as building working relationships with the Government and Local Authorities on behalf of private landlords.
NLA members have access to and discounts for its numerous services, from a telephone advice line, landlord information library, as well as courses in professional development, legislation, and how to run an effective lettings business.
How to apply
If you’re interested in applying we’d love to hear what you can bring to the role. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack. The Closing Date for applications is 11th April 2016.