The National Landlords Association (NLA) has announced that three new Non-Executive Directors will join its Board.

Adrian Jeakings, Steve Simpson and Dietmar Walter were officially appointed on 22nd June 2016 and will take office with effect from 1st September 2016.

The role of the NLA Board is to develop strategies that ensure that the NLA is effective, robust, and financially capable of supporting its members, through campaigns, support, advice, and the provision of best practice in the private rented sector (PRS).


Adrian Jeakings has over 25 years of experience working at board level in executive and non-executive roles, including:

  • Three years as President of the Newspaper Society and Chairman of the News Media Association
  • Six years as Chief Executive Officer of Archant
  • Twenty years as Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director for Archant, Schlumberger, Dun & Bradstreet and The Stationary Office.


Dietmar Walter has extensive experience in digital data analytics, market research and in managing a property portfolio first-hand. Now an IT, Business Growth and Transformation Consultant he was formerly:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Commetric Ltd., a media analytics and software company
  • Vice President International of GMI Inc., a digital marketing analytics and technology company.


Steve Simpson has worked closely with the NLA over the years, and is experienced at senior management and board levels in financial services, having operated as:

  • National Sales Manager for NLA Mortgages
  • NLA Representative for the North East
  • Senior Business Managemer at Keystone Buy-to-Let Mortgages


All three of the new Non-Executive Board members are also NLA Accredited Landlords.


NLA Chairman Carolyn Uphill said:

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Non-Executive Directors to the NLA Board.

“Adrian Jeakings, Dietmar Walter and Steve Simpson bring a wealth of experience and expertise from their careers working in the PRS, financial services, digital media, and marketing.

“As members of the Board, their experience will be invaluable in strengthening the NLA, ensuring that it can continue to develop while providing its growing membership with all the support and guidance they need to excel in the world of buy-to-let.”

Christopher Walkey

Founder of Estate Agent Networking. Internationally invited speaker on how to build online target audiences using Social Media. Writes about UK property prices, housing, politics and affordable homes.

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