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Confirmed: ARLA chief executive quits the organisation

It came as little surprise after weeks of speculation but David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, left the organisation officially on Friday.

A message from the organisation - sent out at 5pm - said simply: “The Board of Propertymark would like to thank David for his significant contribution in his time to the development of ARLA Propertymark, and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

It was believed that Cox - who joined ARLA back in 2014 - had been told he could not apply for the new role of head of the joint NAEA/ARLA Propertymark organisation when Mark Hayward, the chief executive of the NAEA, retires later this year.


Cox rose to prominence in ARLA after being a senior figure at the National Landlords Association.

Many in the industry regarded Cox as a straight talking and authoritative advocate for the rental sector, and less ‘old school’ than many long standing figures in Propertymark. 


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    Biggest mistake Propertymark have made to date. If they think they can just return to the old boys club of the pre-David era, they are mistaken. We need to vote with our feet.

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    David was never at the Residential Landlords Association, he was at the NLA on the policy team. He is also one of the leading voices for the sector and is willing to speak up when others don’t. This is a very bad decision and I wish him every success in the future.

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    Now, I've been out the business for 10 years and knew David Cox vaguely as we had sat on the same NAEA/ARLA Exam Committee on the odd occasion before he took on the CEO's job.

    I found him to be measured and knowledgeable and not the least surprised when he was appointed CEO following on from Ian Potter. He was a good fit.

    I wish somebody at Propertymark would explain why he couldn't apply for the new role, but of course they never do.

    It will be interesting to see how the organisation will change under the new joint CEO. It's about saving money probably by one salary. I don't envy whoever takes it on.

    Things have changed drastically since I was in practice, but it only seems like yesterday.

    Mark Hayward and David Cox both going is a bit of a blow.

  • Ellie Beale Belvoir Loughborough

    That’s really disappointing! David Cox was fantastic in his role! I wish him all the best.


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