ARL appoints new Scotland Hub Chair

ARL’s Scotland Hub is proactively addressing key living sector challenges and opportunities, which the new appointment will help take forward.

Iain Murray has joined the ARL as its new Chair of the Scotland Hub | BTR News
Iain Murray has joined the ARL as its new Chair of the Scotland Hub.

The Association for Rental Living (ARL) has appointed Iain Murray as the new Chair of the ARL Scotland Hub. Iain will take over from current Chair Gillian McLees on 10 May, following the Living Asset Specialist’s two-year tenure as Chair of the Scotland Hub.

Previously, Iain was Senior Director – Build to Rent Consultancy (Europe) at Cortland Consult, and is now Head of Operational Living at Bidwells.

While at Cortland Consult, he was also a member of ARL’s Whole Life Costing Working Group. He has worked in the Build to Rent sector since its inception, having served as Managing Director of LIV Consult.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to take the work of the ARL Scotland Hub forward at this important time for the living sector here in Scotland. My thanks to Gillian for her inspired and strategic leadership of the Hub to date, which has provided a firm foundation for future success.”

Iain Murray, Chair, ARL Scotland Hub

ARL’s Scotland Hub brings together key living sector stakeholders through a diverse range of events that proactively address the key challenges and opportunities for the sector, showcase best practices, and focus on customer service and other key operational and investment concerns. Events range from in-depth panel discussions and social events to study tours.

“It was an honour and privilege to be the inaugural Chair of the ARL Scotland Hub and I am extremely proud of the work we achieved, working towards so many excellent and far-reaching projects. I am confident that Iain is the ideal person to take that to the next stage.”

Gillian McLees, inaugural Chair, ARL Scotland Hub

As with all ARL regional Hubs, the Scotland Hub features programming designed around the specific locality. In addition to Scotland, ARL also operates Hubs for the Northwest, the Midlands, and London & the Southeast. Hubs for the Northeast and the Southwest of England and Wales are planned.

“On behalf of all those at ARL, I would like to thank Gillian McLees for her excellent leadership and contribution to the work of the Scotland Hub over the past two years. Gillian’s been at the heart of establishing the hugely successful ARL Scotland Hub and growing its membership and impact. She has created significant links for the ARL with Scottish Government Ministers and policymakers, increasing understanding of the value of the Build to Rent sector to housing in Scotland. The recent positive reaction to the ARL Build to Rent Code of Practice is a fine example of the impact that Gillian has had, establishing a strong platform for future engagement for the incoming Chair to build upon. We are delighted to welcome Iain Murray to pick up the mantle and take this work forward.”

Brendan Geraghty, CEO, ARL