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Our Executive search brand Red Penny & Partners are currently conducting a process on behalf of the UKAA for their next CEO


Founded in 2016, the UKAA currently has c.310 members and is growing at c.30% per annum. Members comprise leading investors, operators, advisors and suppliers operating in the sector today. The UKAA also is a member of the global alliance of the NAA (National Apartment Association of USA), which represents over 82,000 members with more than 10 million rental housing units globally.

The number of UKAA members has grown significantly over the past three years, as has the organisation’s remit. It is now seeking two high calibre individuals with a passion for the Build to Rent sector to further enhance the UKAA's value to the sector and its growing membership.

UKAA has a reputation for bringing all parts of the Build to Rent sector together, serving as a platform where all those with a stake in the industry can share and collaborate in non-proprietary environment, working together for the greater good and supporting the sector to go from strength to strength.

The role of the CEO is crucial as the UKAA enters its next stage of growth.Any applicant must demonstrate a deep understanding of the BTR sector, strong leadership skills and the ability to champion the efforts of the UKAA and the wider sector.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Overall responsibility for performance of the UKAA
  • Set strategic objectives with the UKAA Board and Strategic Advisory Group
  • Set thought leadership / content agenda for UKAA with relevant stakeholder
  • Achieve agreed strategic objectives
  • Maintain productive relationships with stakeholders across UK and international Real Estate sector, including other industry bodies, press and media, government, NAA.
  • Represent UK BTR sector in international arena as required.
  • Identify and exploit opportunities for growth in scope and scale of UKAA activities and revenue
  • Set agenda for UKAA and ideally BTR sector for key issues and priorities
  • Develop Trusted Stays business, as a member of advisory board
  • Identify and exploit opportunities to develop UK BTR sector and support growth and understanding of sector amongst stakeholders and end-customers
  • Develop UKAA as a sustainable organisation and business.
  • Develop UKAA staff career opportunities
  • Safeguard health and wellbeing of UKAA staff and contractors / partners

Key Performance indicators

  • Approval of UKAA from members, staff, sponsors and other stakeholders
  • Financial performance
  • Good governance measures
  • Key skills, attributes and experience
  • A strong leader/people manager with a positive, grow mindset required
  • Strong level of resilience and determination
  • Friendly, personable, and approachable
  • Ability to liaise efficiently between different departments
  • A flexible, hands on individual who is happy to get involved in all areas of the business as required
  • Detail-oriented, efficient and organised
  • Excellent problem solving and time management skills
  • Previous experience working within Sales, Real Estate and Customer Engagement an advantage
  • Previous experience in management high functioning teams an advantage

Application Process

Formal application is by email to:

Please send your CV and a covering letter, covering your suitability for the role and the reasons for your interest. Please be sure to include your full contact details including your personal email address, home address and mobile telephone number.

All applications will be acknowledged and treated in the strictest of confidence.

Please note: all 3rd party introductions will be forwarded to Red Penny & Partners.

Wednesday 16th February, 2022