Nick Leeming, who stepped down from his role at Zoopla in August of this year, after over 15 years at the forefront of the property portal industry in the UK, has joined Belvoir Lettings as the company’s second Non-Executive Director (NED).
With over 30 years’ experience in the property sector and having co-founded Propertyfinder.co.uk in the mid-nineties, Leeming spent nearly three years as the Business Development Director, following Propertyfinder.com’s acquisition by Zoopla in 2009.
“We are delighted to welcome Nicholas to the Belvoir Board,” says 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.”
“I am very pleased to accept the position of NED with Belvoir,” says Nicholas. “The lettings sector is vibrant, and Belvoir has one of the large 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. I am looking forward to helping with the future growth of Belvoir.
“The UK property sector has been a major part of my life. Prior to launching Propertyfinder I became a qualified Chartered Surveyor, and was a practising agent for over 15 years, having been a partner in Humberts (now Chesterton Humberts), the national firm of estate agents.
“During my time with Propertyfinder I oversaw its development into one of the country’s best known property portals before it was merged into the Asserta Group where I then became a main Board Director. The combined businesses were sold to News International and the REA Group before subsequently being acquired by Zoopla in 2009. I then became the Business Development Director for Zoopla. The company provided online and property data services for around 10,000 clients with over 600,000 properties. I left Zoopla in August 2012 to develop wider business interests in the property industry.
“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 a number of industry awards. He is a trustee for a number of private trusts and a company pension fund. 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 company’s first NED in February 2012.