The trade organisation for the UK’s Build to Rent sector – UK Apartment Association (UKAA) – announces Brendan Geraghty as its new CEO following the retirement of Dave Butler. As an architect, design and development strategist in roles with Centred Architecture, Optim and Geraghty Taylor Architects, and being active in the sector since 2011, Brendan comes to the CEO position with a deep understanding of the Build to Rent.
Recognised as a Build to Rent thought leader, Brendan has actively championed the integration of consumer culture in the sector with a ‘brand before building’ approach. Combining strong conceptual and creative intelligence with a solid practical bias, Brendan’s strategic, analytical approach allows ‘big picture’ thinking to be supported by appropriate levels of granular detail to create inspiring and deliverable solutions. Brendan’s cross-sector experience and 16 years in senior project and business roles positions him perfectly for taking the UKAA forward.
“I’m delighted and honoured to lead the UKAA into this new chapter, working to ensure the UK and our members are at the forefront of best practice in the Build to Rent sector. The potential of Build to Rent is still far from fulfilled – there is appetite for exceptional growth in the UK, particularly at a regional level. UKAA will be at the heart of that growth.”Brendan Geraghty, CEO, UKAA
Brendan has already been associated with the UKAA for some time, having managed the content for the recently launched Best Practice Guide. He will now lead the organisation as it moves to shape the future of Build to Rent in the UK.
In his new role as CEO, Brendan will spearhead the UKAA’s leadership through high quality knowledge and research – supporting the organisation to serve as the voice of the Build to Rent sector in the UK. He will also explore new relationships with others in the residential sector with an interest in Build to Rent – including housing associations, co-living investors and operators, contractors and house builders as well as pressing ESG issues such as Net Zero Carbon.
“We are thrilled that Brendan has taken up the leadership of UKAA at this exciting time in the organisation’s development. We look forward to the organisation’s continued growth with Brendan at the helm at this pivotal time for Build to Rent in the UK.”Lesley Roberts, President, UKAA
The UKAA has over 300 members from across the sector, growing at a rate of over 100 members per year. It serves as a single unifying and authoritative body for the urban and suburban Build to Rent sector, working with government, investors, lenders, operators, suppliers, and customers to support knowledge exchange, expansion and best practice at all levels.