UKAA appoints North West chair

Dougie Orton-Wade has been named chair of the North West branch of the UK Apartment Association, which advocates for the build-to-rent sector.

Orton-Wade is an asset manager with Allsop Letting and Management. He will be aided in his work promoting BTR by deputy chair Peter Grimshaw, who is also the sales director for Regal Blinds.

The UKAA hub also has a steering committee made up of Ben Etherington of Loft, David Green of SimpsonHaugh, Giovanni Pilla of CBRE, Kate Howell of Allsop, Leanne Hargreaves of Grainger, Michael Howard of Urbanbubble, Sam Smith of Dandara, Tom Moreton of HPS Services and Vicky Hurcomb of Sigma Capital.

‘’I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed chair of the North West hub for the UKAA,” Orton-Wade said. “The region has been a driving force over recent years, contributing to the expansion of the UK BTR sector and I’m excited to work with like-minded industry experts to continue with developing the UKAA and shaping the future of the industry.

“The North West has the ability to truly ‘set the standard’ and benchmark for other regional hubs as they immerge,” Orton-Wade continued. “Myself and the rest of the North West steering group are committed to making this a huge success in 2022 and beyond.‘’

The North West is one of the first regions to get a UKAA group. It is part of a new initiative of UKAA, which wants to enable local markets to grow. The initiative is the project of UKAA membership, events and marketing committee chair Michael Howard of Urbanbubble.

‘’The BTR sector continues its upward trajectory, with every key city across the UK having communities planned, built or delivered; it was important the UKAA’s reach was truly national,” Howard said.

“It’s our ambition that the organisation will have strong regional forums in every area by the end of 2022, starting with the North West and Scotland,” he said. “These areas are represented by a fantastic cross-section of BTR stakeholders and we’re excited with how this robust regional presence will strengthen the UKAA and learning amongst members.’’

UKAA expects to expand into the Midlands next.

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