Dorian Gonsalves, CEO of Belvoir Lettings, has announced the appointment of Nicholas Leeming as the company’s second non-executive director (NED).
Described by one industry publication as “a legend of the UK property portal business”, Nicholas has over 30 years’ experience in the property sector, having co-founded Propertyfinder.co.uk in 1996. Following Propertyfinder.com’s acquisition by Zoopla in 2009 he spent nearly three years as their business development director, before leaving the company in August 2012.
“We are delighted to welcome Nicholas to the Belvoir Board,” said Dorian. “After leaving Zoopla in August we asked him to join Belvoir because we knew that his immense knowledge of the industry, his public profile and strategic vision would help us to achieve our goals in the coming years.”
Nicholas commented on his appointment: “I am very pleased to accept the position of NED with Belvoir. The lettings sector is vibrant, and Belvoir has one of the largest networks of lettings offices in the UK. In addition, Belvoir floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in February 2012 and it is very exciting to become involved with a company at this stage of its development.
“In terms of what I can bring to the Belvoir board, I have considerable experience in the application of online marketing and technology, which is crucial to the long term success of any business nowadays. I think this is where I can add real value to the future growth of Belvoir.”
Nicholas was recognised with the 2008 Estate Agency of the Year award for Achievement and also judges at several industry awards. His roles have involved handling the business relationship with many key estate agency firms across the UK, providing him with a unique insight into the property industry in this country. He is married, with three children, and lives near Oakham, in Rutland.
Belvoir appointed Karen Bach as the franchise‘s first NED in February 2012.