ARL appoints Midlands Hub Chair

The Founder of Birmingham’s FleetMilne residential sales and lettings agency takes over from outgoing Chair Rebecca Taylor from Long Harbour.

Nicola Fleet-Milne has joined the ARL Midlands Hub as its new Chair | BTR News
Nicola Fleet-Milne has joined the ARL Midlands Hub as its new Chair.

Membership group The Association for Rental Living has announced the appointment of Nicola Fleet-Milne as the new Chair of the ARL Midlands Hub.

Long Harbour’s Rebecca Taylor has successfully led the Midlands Hub since its founding in May 2023 and will continue to serve within the Hub following Nicola’s appointment. Nicola joined the Midlands Hub in 2023 and will now work alongside Global Apartment Advisors’ Tom Grey serving as Vice Chair.

Founded in 2004, FleetMilne provides opportunities for property investment in Birmingham, including in Build to Rent, with expertise that spans buying, selling, renting and letting high-quality homes.

“The Build to Rent sector is transforming the residential landscape, providing high-quality rental homes in response to the country’s housing need. The sector started life by delivering city centre apartments for rent, but has morphed to encompass other living models, including single-family, co-living and later living.

“Professionally managed rental homes will form an increasing proportion of residential stock in the UK, with the Build to Rent sector on track to be worth £170bn by 2032, according to the British Property Federation and Savills. Birmingham’s Build to Rent offer is relatively embryonic but is rapidly evolving.

“There are 15 schemes in operation, with more than 20,000 units in the pipeline. Investors and developers are now extending their reach to the suburbs and around the wider region. It’s an exciting time for Build to Rent in the Midlands and I’m thrilled to represent the sector as Chair of the ARL’s Midlands Hub.”

Nicola Fleet-Milne, Chair, ARL Midlands Hub

ARL’s Midlands Hub proactively addresses key challenges and opportunities for the living sector from a regional perspective, bringing together stakeholders from across Build to Rent, multi- and single-family rental, co-living and later living. The Hub advocates for the rental living sector in the Midlands and runs a range of informative events, from meetings to study tours.

The Midlands Hub is part of a network of ARL Hubs across the UK. At present, there are Hubs in the Northwest, Scotland, Midlands, London and the Southeast, with plans in place to expand the network to include the Southwest of England, Wales and the Northeast.

“It is excellent news that Nicola will be leading the Midlands Hub; the sector’s rapid development is the ideal time to be embedding best practice, including a crucial focus on customers and their rental experience.

“There is also much to be done in terms of growing the understanding of Build to Rent’s role as an anchor tenant in regional regeneration and working with everyone from local authorities to investors. The ARL is grateful to Rebecca Taylor for her excellent leadership of the Midlands Hub thus far and to Nicola for now taking up the mantle.”

Brendan Geraghty, CEO, ARL

Altogether, the ARL aims to represent over 330 investors, funders, developers, operators and suppliers across the UK’s rental living sector. The organisation’s work includes promoting purpose-built rental living, best practice, knowledge and data sharing as the sector continues to mature.