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Written by George Bailey

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director Designate.

David Cox, previously of the National Landlords Association, will join ARLA with immediate effect and shadow current Managing Director, Ian Potter, until fully assuming the Managing Director role on 16 June, following the NFoPP AGM on 13 June.

The five month period of joint directorship has been agreed to enable a smooth leadership transition.

ARLA said that Cox had a strong policy and stakeholder engagement background, having held previous senior policy roles at the NLA and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI). A trained barrister, he worked as a Crown Court clerk before acting as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP.

Cox said: “I am delighted to be joining ARLA and look forward to applying the experience and knowledge gained at UIPI and NLA to ensure continued success for its membership and the lettings industry.

“It is an exciting time for the lettings industry and I will work hard to ensure ARLA’s voice is heard across the policy, media and broader business sphere.”

Mark Hayward, current Managing Director of the NAEA said: “We had some excellent applicants for the role, but all agreed that David was the right person for the job. I look forward to working with David over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and that the highest standards to our membership are maintained.”


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    Anyone who has known or worked with David would know that he is a smart, committed and highly knowledgeable PRS expert. I have no doubt that he is the right person for the job.

    Those who haven't had the pleasure of knowing David yet... judge him on his results before you speak to soon...

    A great loss to the NLA – well done DC!

    • 27 January 2014 10:55 AM
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    David Cox was Parliamentary advisor to Anthony Steen MP for Totnes in Devon.

    Mr Steen had a bit of trouble when claiming expenses of £87,000 as exposed by the Daily Telegraph. He stepped down in 2010.

    You can read the story here:


    I hope the advice Mr Steen received from David Cox was good, if indeed it was in anyway connected.

    • 23 January 2014 18:33 PM
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    Never heard of him.

    • 23 January 2014 09:30 AM
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    What about this too - no lessons learned after PBK?

    Also confirmed today was the appointment of Michael Finn MBE as Executive Chairman
    of NFoPP, a newly-created role to facilitate the running of the NFoPP Board and
    provide strategic counsel to the organisation. Michael was an Equity Partner in
    Drivers Jonas for 22 years and a past President of RICS, Building Surveying Division
    and is immediate past Chairman of the Government's Building Regulations Advisory

    • 21 January 2014 10:44 AM
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    This is a huge loss for the NLA, but a loss which ARLA will certainly gain from.

    Best of luck to David.

    • 21 January 2014 10:11 AM
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    @ industry expert too
    Certainly not jealous of the low Salary - no wonder they didn't get anyone sensible.

    Of course I wish him well - but ALRA have made a mistake and he is not the man for job.

    • 21 January 2014 09:56 AM
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    Sounds like a bit of jealousy and envy going on here "Industry Expert"!

    I wish David lots of luck - congratulations to David and ARLA

    • 21 January 2014 09:50 AM
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    This is The NAEA & ARLA – supposed to represent the workers!

    Is there not someone who has actually formed and run a large estate agency with real knowledge of the sharp end? Looks like a cozy wrap up.

    • 21 January 2014 09:48 AM
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    Anyone who is expected to replace Ian Potter will have to run the gauntlet as its rather like the loss of ravens at the Tower of London.

    There is more to ARLA than just the MD . I am sure he will be able to rely upon Ian's guidance if required even after June.

    I always feel people should be judged on what they do and be given a fair chance to do it.

    I would like to wish David the best for his new role

    • 21 January 2014 09:43 AM
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    From ARLA's Potter to NLA's Voldemort

    • 21 January 2014 09:37 AM
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    I've never heard of David Cox. Why the negative comments?

    • 21 January 2014 09:28 AM
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    Oh dear! What have they done! Going from the Legend of IP to the disaster zone of DC. That is the end of ARLA then!

    • 21 January 2014 09:18 AM
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    • 21 January 2014 09:01 AM