The Association for Rental Living (ARL) Board criteria

The ARL was first established in 2016 to establish the UKAA as a membership body that could create networks for sharing best practice, connect suppliers with investors and operators, and create awareness of the nascent Build to Rent (BTR) sector.

The UKAA has rebranded as the Association for Rental Living, confirming a wider remit, to fully represent the range of sectors within BTR.

With this evolution comes a need to have a clear succession plan for members of the Board of the ARL, to build upon the success of the current Board of the UKAA and now ARL to date, and to meet the needs of the evolving BTR environment.

Over the course of 2024, the Board will be re-constituted, and nominations are invited from people with the strategic vision and experience to shape the future of the wider BTR sector.

The Board of the ARL is responsible for the overall control, governance and strategic direction of the organisation in representing the Build to Rent sector. 

How to apply:

Please send an application to [email protected]

Submit a CV along with a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words outlining:

  1. Which Board role or roles you are interested in being considered for.
  2. An explanation of why you want the role and what value you will bring.
  3. A brief description on how they see the ARL evolving.
  4. Your views on the risks, challenges and opportunities along the way.

Applications to be submitted by 31 May 2024

A nominations panel will review all applications and create a shortlist of people to interview during June 2024

Nominations are invited for the following roles and further details can be found under each section below:

  1. Chair
  2. Vice-Chair role
  3. Secretary and Treasurer
  4. Legal
  5. Governance
  6. Special advisors

Section 1.

Universal criteria for all Association for Rental Living (ARL) Board members

  1. Commitment to the Mission: Board members should have a strong commitment to the ARL’s mission, values, and goals. They should be passionate about the cause or purpose of the organisation.
  2. Integrity and Ethics: Ethical behaviour and integrity are crucial for board members, who often serve as stewards of the organisation’s resources and reputation. They should adhere to high standards of honesty, transparency, and accountability.
  3. Objectivity: An ability to take a detached view of the interests of the ARL, free from self-interest.
  4. Respect:  An ability to exercise respect and courtesy towards other Board members, the ARL staff team members and ARL members.
  5. Leadership Skills: Board members should possess leadership qualities, including the ability to inspire and motivate others, make sound decisions, and effectively manage conflicts and challenges. Be able to take impartial decisions based on written or oral briefing.
  6. Strategic Thinking: Board members play a strategic role in guiding the ARL’s direction and priorities. They should be able to think critically, analyse complex issues, and contribute to the development of long-term strategies.
  7. Financial Literacy: Understand the ARL’s financial statements, budgets, and financial management principles is important for effective oversight of the organisation’s finances. Board members should be able to interpret financial information and participate in financial decision-making.
  8. Governance Knowledge: Familiarity with governance principles and practices is essential for board members, including an understanding of roles and responsibilities, legal and regulatory requirements, and best practices for board operations.
  9. Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the ARL and the broader industry. This could involve championing initiatives to increase representation, address systemic barriers, and foster a culture of belonging.
  10. Communication Skills: Board members should be able to communicate effectively with other ARL board members, staff, stakeholders, and the public. This includes listening actively, articulating ideas clearly, and fostering open dialogue.
  11. Teamwork and Collaboration: Board members work collaboratively with other board members, staff, and volunteers to achieve the ARL’s goals. They should be able to work effectively as part of a team, respect diverse perspectives, and contribute constructively to discussions and decision-making processes.
  12. Networking and Relationship Building: Building relationships with stakeholders, sponsors, partners, and wider BTR community is important for advancing the ARL’s mission. Board members should have strong networking skills and the ability to represent the organisation positively in various settings.
  13. Promotion: ARL Board members should have a willingness to act as advocates for the organisation and communicate a positive view of its work
  14. Attendance: Attend Executive Board and the ARL’s Strategic Advisory Group (The SAG) meetings. Special Board meetings may be called from time to time.
  15. Continuous Learning and Improvement: Board members should be open to learning and professional development opportunities to enhance their effectiveness in their roles. They should be willing to seek feedback, reflect on their performance, and actively strive for personal and organisational improvement.

This role require strong leadership, communication, strategic thinking, and relationship-building skills, as well as a deep understanding of the BTR sector represented by the ARL.

  1. Leadership and Governance: The chairperson typically provides leadership and direction to the organisation’s board of directors, guiding its strategic direction and ensuring alignment with the mission and goals of the ARL. They may preside over meetings, set agendas, and ensure effective decision-making processes.
  2. Strategic Planning: Working with the CEO, the chairperson has a role in developing and implementing the ARL’s strategic plans and objectives. This may involve assessing industry trends, identifying opportunities and challenges, and setting long-term goals for the organisation.
  3. Collaboration and Partnerships: Help to forge partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, industry associations, government agencies, and relevant stakeholders to strengthen the ARL’s impact and influence within the BTR sector.
  4. Financial Oversight: Work with the board, CEO and Financial Director to ensure financial sustainability and accountability.
  5. Representation and Advocacy: The Chair may represent the ARL in external settings, such as industry conferences, government meetings, and media interviews. They may also advocate on behalf of the BTR sector to policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders.
  6. Governance Oversight: Oversee the governance of the ARL, working closely with the CEO and the board of directors to establish policies, set priorities, and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  7. Supporting the CEO and ARL Staff Team: While not directly responsible for day-to-day operations, the chairperson may work closely with the CEO and management team to provide guidance, support, and strategic direction as needed. They may also help recruit, evaluate, and provide feedback to senior leadership.
  8. Member Engagement and Communication: The chairperson may play a role in engaging and communicating with members to ensure their needs and interests are being addressed. This could include participating in member events, soliciting feedback, and communicating updates on key initiatives and decisions.
  1. Support to the ARL Chair: Assist the Chair in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, stepping in when needed and supporting their initiatives and decisions.
  2. Leadership Backup: Act as a backup to the ARL Chair in their absence, ensuring continuity of leadership and decision-making processes.
  3. Strategic Planning: Participate in ARL strategic planning activities, including the development of goals, objectives, and action plans to advance the ARL’s mission and vision.
  4. Membership Engagement: Work to engage and retain ARL members, collaborating with the CEO to develop strategies for member recruitment, retention, and satisfaction.
  5. Industry Advocacy: Support the ARL’s advocacy efforts by representing the organisation’s interests to policymakers, government agencies, and other stakeholders.
  6. Governance Oversight: Assist in overseeing the governance of the ARL, ensuring compliance policies, and relevant laws and regulations.
  7. Financial Oversight: Support the CEO and Financial Director in their financial planning, budgeting, and monitoring financial performance of the ARL to ensure the organisation’s financial sustainability.
  8. Communication and Outreach: Assist in communication and outreach efforts to members, stakeholders, and the public, helping to promote the ARL’s activities, initiatives, and achievements.
  9. Strategic Partnerships: Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with other organisations, industry associations, and stakeholders to enhance the ARL’s impact and reach.
  10. Leadership Development: Mentor and support other board members and volunteers, helping to develop their leadership skills and capacities.
  11. Board Recruitment and Development: Participate in board recruitment efforts and contribute to the orientation and development of new board members, ensuring a strong and effective governing body.

The Company Secretary and Treasurer plays a vital role in supporting the effective governance and administration of the organisation, ensuring that it operates ethically, transparently, and in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.

  1. Corporate Governance: Ensure that the ARL operates in compliance with its constitution, bylaws, and relevant laws and regulations. Provide advice and guidance to the board of directors on governance matters.
  2. Board Support: Help to organise and facilitate board meetings and ensuring that decisions and resolutions are properly recorded and implemented.
  3. Legal Compliance: Ensure that the ARL complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, including filing necessary reports and documentation with government agencies such as Companies House.
  4. Constitution and Bylaws: Maintain and update the ARL’s constitution, bylaws, and other governing documents as needed. Ensure that these documents reflect any changes in the organisation’s structure, policies, or legal requirements.
  5. Record Keeping: Working with the CEO, oversee the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date records of the ARL’s activities, including board meetings, resolutions, and membership information. Ensure that these records are properly organised and accessible to board members and stakeholders.
  6. Annual General Meeting (AGM): Working with the CEO, coordinate the ARL’s AGM, including sending out notices to members and ensuring compliance with legal requirements for AGMs.
  7. Conflict of Interest Management: Implement and oversee policies and procedures for managing conflicts of interest among board members, staff, and volunteers. Ensure that potential conflicts are disclosed and managed appropriately.
  8. Risk Management: Work with the board to identify and assess risks to the ARL’s operations and reputation. Develop and implement strategies to mitigate these risks and ensure the ARL’s long-term sustainability.
  9. Regulatory Reporting: Help to prepare and submit required reports and filings to regulatory bodies, such as Companies House, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) or other relevant authorities, in a timely and accurate manner.
  10. Training and Development: Provide guidance and support to ARL Board members on their roles and responsibilities, as well as training opportunities to enhance their understanding of governance best practices and legal requirements.
  11. Policy Development: Assist the board in developing and reviewing policies and procedures related to governance, membership, ethics, and other areas relevant to the ARL’s operations.
  12. Confidentiality and Data Protection: Ensure that sensitive information is handled confidentially and in accordance with data protection laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the UK.
  13. External Representation: Serve as a representative of the ARL in dealings with external stakeholders, including government agencies, professional bodies, and other organisations within the sector.
  14. Financial Controls: Ensure compliance with financial policies, procedures, and regulations.
  15. Audit and Review: Coordinate the annual financial audit or review process, liaising with external auditors or accountants to ensure that financial statements are prepared accurately and in accordance with applicable accounting standards.
  16. Financial Planning and Forecasting: Assist in long-term financial planning and forecasting to ensure the ARL’s financial sustainability and resilience.
  17. Financial Policy Development: Assist in developing and reviewing financial policies and procedures to ensure compliance with best practices and legal requirements. Recommend updates or revisions to financial policies as needed.
  18. Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with other board members, staff, and external stakeholders to ensure effective financial management and communication. Provide regular updates on financial performance and issues to the board and relevant stakeholders.

The role of a part-time volunteer Legal Director for the ARL involves various responsibilities related to legal compliance, risk management, and providing legal advice and support.

  1. Legal Compliance: Ensure that the ARL complies with all relevant laws, regulations, and legal requirements applicable to its operations. Stay informed about changes in the law that may affect the organisation and its activities.
  2. Governance Support: Provide legal advice and support to the ARL board of directors and senior management on governance matters, including compliance with the organisation’s governing documents, bylaws, and policies.
  3. Contract Management: Review, draft, and negotiate contracts and agreements entered into by the ARL, including agreements with members, suppliers, vendors, sponsors, and partners. Ensure that contracts are legally sound and protect the ARL’s interests.
  4. Intellectual Property Management: Identify and protect the ARL’s intellectual property rights, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Manage the registration, maintenance, and enforcement of intellectual property assets.
  5. Risk Management: Identify legal risks and liabilities facing the ARL and develop strategies to mitigate these risks. Provide guidance on risk management practices and policies to protect the ARL from legal exposure.
  6. Legal Research and Analysis: Conduct legal research and analysis on issues relevant to the ARL’s activities, including regulatory compliance, industry standards, and legal developments affecting the BTR sector.
  7. Policy Development: Assist in the development and review of ARL’s policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legal requirements and best practices.
  8. Dispute Resolution: Assist in the resolution of disputes and legal conflicts involving the ARL, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Coordinate with external legal counsel as needed.
  9. Data Protection and Privacy: Ensure compliance with data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  10. Training and Education: Provide legal support and education to board members, staff, and volunteers on legal issues relevant to their roles and responsibilities. Raise awareness of legal risks and compliance requirements within the ARL.
  11. Corporate Records Management: Work with the CEO to maintain accurate and up-to-date corporate records, including minutes of board meetings, resolutions, and other legal documents. Ensure compliance with record-keeping requirements under company law.
  12. Regulatory Compliance: Monitor and advise on regulatory developments affecting the BTR sector and ensure compliance with industry-specific regulations and standards.
  13. External Representation: Serve as the ARL’s legal representative in dealings with external stakeholders, including government agencies, regulatory bodies, legal counsel, and industry associations.
  14. Ethics and Integrity: Promote ethical conduct and integrity within the ARL, advising on ethical dilemmas and conflicts of interest.

Overall, the Legal Director plays a crucial role in ensuring that the organisation operates in a legally compliant manner, manages legal risks effectively, and upholds high standards of governance and integrity.

The role relates to ensuring effective governance practices, compliance with regulations, and maintaining transparency and accountability within the ARL.

  1. Governance Framework: Develop, review, and implement governance policies, procedures, and best practices to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as to promote transparency, accountability, and integrity within the ARL.

  2. Board Support: Provide support to the board of directors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities. Ensure that board members understand their roles and responsibilities.

  3. Governance Training: Provide training and orientation sessions for board members to enhance their understanding of governance principles, legal obligations, and fiduciary duties. Keep board members informed about changes in governance regulations and best practices.

  4. Board Composition and Recruitment: Assist in the recruitment, selection, and onboarding of new board members, ensuring that the board has the necessary skills, expertise, and diversity to fulfil its responsibilities effectively.

  5. Board Evaluation: Facilitate the periodic evaluation of the board’s performance, including individual board member evaluations and overall board effectiveness assessments. Use evaluation results to identify areas for improvement and implement changes as needed.
  6. Governance Policies and Procedures: Working with the CEO develop and maintain governance-related policies and procedures, including codes of conduct, conflict of interest policies, and whistleblower policies. Ensure that these policies are communicated to all members and are consistently applied.
  7. Legal Compliance: Ensure that the ARL complies with all relevant laws, regulations, and governance codes applicable to its activities, including charity law, company law, and sector-specific regulations. Monitor changes in legislation and update governance practices accordingly.
  8. Risk Management: Identify and assess governance-related risks facing the ARL, including risks related to conflicts of interest, compliance failures, and reputational damage. Develop risk mitigation strategies and monitor their implementation.
  9. Ethics and Integrity: Promote a culture of ethics, integrity, and accountability within the organisation, emphasising the importance of ethical behaviour and adherence to the ARL’s values and principles.
  10. Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with key stakeholders, including members, sponsors, regulators, and the public, to ensure transparency and accountability in the ARL’s governance processes. Respond to stakeholder inquiries and concerns in a timely and transparent manner.
  11. Compliance Reporting: Prepare and submit governance-related reports and filings as required by law or regulation, such as annual reports, governance statements, and filings with regulatory authorities.
  12. Continuous Improvement: Continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the organisation’s governance practices, seeking feedback from stakeholders and benchmarking against industry standards. Identify opportunities for improvement and implement changes to enhance governance effectiveness.

The role of a part-time volunteer Special Advisor to the Board is typically advisory in nature, providing specialised expertise and guidance to the board of directors on specific issues or strategic initiatives.

  1. Strategic Advice: Provide strategic advice and insights to the board on matters within their area of expertise, helping to inform decision-making and shape the ARL’s strategic direction.
  2. Industry Knowledge: Bring specialised knowledge and expertise related to the BTR sector, providing insights into industry trends, best practices, and emerging issues that may impact the ARL.
  3. Policy Development: Assist in the development and review of ARL policies and positions on key issues relevant to the ARL’s mission and objectives. Provide input on policy formulation and advocacy strategies.
  4. External Relations: Serve as a liaison between the ARL and external stakeholders, including government agencies, industry associations, and other relevant organisations. Represent the ARL at external meetings, conferences, and events as needed.
  5. Advocacy Support: Provide support to the ARL’s advocacy efforts, helping to identify opportunities for policy influence and advocacy campaigns. Provide expertise on legislative and regulatory matters affecting the ARL’s interests.
  6. Research and Analysis: Conduct research and analysis on specific topics or issues relevant to the ARL’s priorities, helping to inform board decisions and develop evidence-based strategies.
  7. Networking: Leverage their professional network to connect the ARL with potential partners, collaborators, and resources that can support its mission and objectives.
  8. Special Projects: Take on special projects or initiatives as assigned by the board or executive leadership, providing expertise and leadership to drive these projects forward.
  9. Governance Support: Provide advice and support to the board on governance matters within their area of expertise, including governance best practices, board composition, and board development.
  10. Training and Capacity Building: Provide training and capacity-building support to board members and staff on topics within their area of expertise, helping to enhance the organisation’s knowledge and skills.
  11. Confidential Advice: Offer confidential advice and counsel to board members and senior leadership on sensitive or confidential matters, maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.
  12. Innovation and Creativity: Bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and creative solutions to the ARL’s challenges and opportunities, helping to drive innovation and excellence in organisational practices.

Time commitment

  • Board Meetings are held four times a year in person in London with each meeting lasting approximately three hours plus preparatory reading in advance.
  • There is also an expectation that there will be approximately four further informal meetings each year either in person or remotely (1-2 hours per meeting).
  • Additionally, Board Members will be invited to attend the four Strategic Advisory Group Meetings held each year (1-2 hours per meeting).
  • It is hoped that Board members will also proactively support ARL events where possible, such as the Annual Conference and Expo; Chair panel discussions/round tables occasionally; act as ambassadors for the organisation at internal and external events and meetings.


  • The ARL is a not for profit membership association – the Board and Advisor positions are voluntary and therefore not remunerated.

Applications should be sent to [email protected].