Ian Potter announces retirement from ARLA

Ian Potter announces retirement from ARLA

Ian Potter has announced his retirement from ARLA. He will step down as managing director next June and a search for his successor is already under way.

Recruitment specialists Property Personnel, run by Anthony Hesse, have been hired to find a replacement for Potter, a Fellow of ARLA, who will retire on June 13.

The role, said ARLA, will be predominantly “outward-facing, with the responsibility for liaising externally with ARLA stakeholders and its extensive membership across the UK”.

It said the new managing director will be responsible for increasing membership and acting as ARLA’s main spokesperson, and will also be the principal representative for interactions with government and other industry organisations.

Potter’s retirement follows seven years with ARLA, for most of which he was operations director. During his time with ARLA, the organisation controversially merged with the NAEA for the creation of NFoPP.

Potter was promoted to managing director of ARLA last year following the departure in March 2012 of Peter Bolton King, who was chief executive of NFoPP and all the organisations within it.

Potter was previously with Countrywide Residential Lettings in Scotland, and had been the original chairman of the Scottish regional branch in 1992 before joining the ARLA national council.

Before entering the lettings industry he was a bank manager for TSB, also in Scotland, over a 21-year period.
Mark Hayward, managing director of the NAEA, said: “Ian has been a credit to ARLA during his time with the organisation.

“I know he is held within the highest regard among those in the lettings industry and beyond. He is a true expert in his field and has campaigned tirelessly for much-needed Government regulation of the sector.
“As managing director, he has run ARLA’s internal affairs in exemplary fashion, while still finding time to regularly comment on industry matters in the media, as well as positively informing government policy.

“I must personally thank him for leaving the organisation in fantastic shape, with membership growing, and we must now look forward to finding a suitable successor.”