Maxine Fothergill, who has just completed her year as President of ARLA Propertymark, is the latest recruit to Zoopla’s Lettings Advisory Board.
The portal describes the board as “an independent, non-regulatory group” which “aims to draw on the deep industry expertise of leaders and influencers across the lettings sector.”
Fothergill joins alongside other new members Carrie Alliston, lettings director at Hunters, and Julie Ford, founder of mediation service Gothard Rowe.
The board now comprises 13 members who have been meeting over the last 12 months; the primary focus of the work to date has been identifying key parts of the lettings and management process that require improvement and where agents and property software can unlock a better experience.
It has also given detailed proposals to the government outlining areas to improve the consumer experience of renting and how a rented property register could form the foundation of better protections for the quality of rental supply.
Michael Cook, national lettings managing director at Leaders Romans Group and chair of the Zoopla lettings group says: “It’s great to get subject matter experts onto the board such as Carrie, Julie and Maxine. All have an excellent track record and broad experience across the industry and myself and the rest of the board are looking forward to working with all of them. The board has recently made some strong representation to Government in line with our agenda for a more sustainable private rental sector and we will look to turn our attention to positively shape the detail and practicalities that goes into the Renters Reform Bill.”