The new body will launch in January 2020. Alan Ward, RLA chair and Adrian Jeakings, NLA chair, announcing the appointment in a joint statement, said: “Ben has a depth and breadth of knowledge of private renting which will be a tremendous asset to our campaigning and members’ services.”
Beadle (pictured) is currently director of operations at Touchstone, part of the Places for People housing group. Previously he was managing director of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Northern Ireland and director of customer service with TDS. He will join NRLA in November.
Both chairmen paid tribute to their respective current chief executives, Richard Lambert at NLA and Andrew Dixon at RLA for dedication to the task and support in the “detailed work of bringing the organisations together”. The pair will depart at the end of the year.
Last week, landlords backed a merger between their two largest representative bodies. Members of the NLA and RLA voted for the two organisations to form the new National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) and provide a stronger, single voice for the private rented sector.
The new organisation will boast more than 80,000 landlord members making it the sector’s largest trade association by far.
It will speak for members owning and managing half a million properties or about 10 per cent of the private rented sector.