UKAA expands and appoints new Scotland and North West Chairs

The UKAA has appointed Chairs to champion and expand activities in the North West and in Scotland.


Dougie Orton Wade MIRPM (Asset Manager, Allsop Letting and Management) has been appointed as Chair of UKAA North West, supported by Deputy Chair, Peter Grimshaw (Sales Director, Regal Blinds).


Gillian McLees (Director of BTR, Rettie and Co) has been appointed as Chair of UKAA Scotland.


UKAA has been working on setting up groups across the country with a view to helping local Build to Rent (BTR) markets develop and grow, championed by Chair of the UKAA Membership, Events and Marketing Committee, Michael Howard of Urbanbubble.


Scotland and the North West have been the first to launch. Recently, 150 BTR professionals attended a successful event in Manchester exploring what other regions can learn from the experiences of BTR in the city and a delegation of Scottish professionals also attended a two-day Study Tour. There are plans for a series of similar events in 2022. The first UKAA event in Scotland will take place in Glasgow in February 2022.


Further expansion is planned in the Midlands with a launch planned for early 2022.


Steering groups are supporting the new Chairs and work is underway to leverage understanding of local markets, to build programs of activities that will:


  • Showcase what BTR has to offer to the community and economy
  • Map and understand local challenges and opportunities to the development and delivery of BTR
  • Propagate a wider network of support for BTR buyers and suppliers in regions covered with a program of events, training and socials
  • Gather market data and insights to promote understanding of best practice, customer and market trends.




Dougie Orton Wade, NW Chair commented: ‘’I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed Chair of the North West Hub for the UKAA. The region has been a driving force over recent years, contributing to the expansion of the UK BTR sector and I’m excited to work with likeminded industry experts to continue with developing the UKAA and shaping the future of the industry. The North West has the ability to truly ‘set the standard’ and benchmark for other regional hubs as they immerge. Myself and the rest of the North West steering group are committed to making this a huge success in 2022 and beyond.‘’


Gillian McLees, Scotland Chair commented: ‘’ I am delighted to be appointed Chair of the Scotland UKAA. 2022 is set to be a pivotal year in the BTR sector in Scotland with the launch of landmark schemes to the public and long awaited buildings becoming operational. I am committed to the success of this sector and providing the rented homes that Scotland desperately needs. Working with the UKAA well help us work towards achieving excellence, innovation and success for our members, residents, clients and suppliers alike.”


Michael Howard, Chair of the UKAA Membership, Events and Marketing Committee commented: ‘’The BTR sector continues its upward trajectory, with every key city across the UK having communities planned, built or delivered; it was important the UKAA’s reach was truly national. It’s our ambition that the organisation (UKAA) will have strong regional forums in every area by the end of 2022, starting with the North West and Scotland. These areas are represented by a fantastic cross section of BTR stakeholders and we’re excited with how this robust regional presence will strengthen the UKAA and learning amongst members.’’


Dave Butler, CEO, UKAA commented “I am really pleased to welcome Gillian and Dougie as chairs of the Scottish and North West Hubs. Their appointment recognises their leading roles in the Build to Rent sector and the growing importance of BTR as a source of quality homes in their regions, but also highlights the crucial importance of dynamic local leadership in the development of the UKAA. I look forward to working closely with them in the coming months and years.”




UKAA Steering groups:

The following steering groups have been established:


  • Adam Russell, Legal and General
  • Ewan Anderson, 7n Architects
  • Gillian McLees, Rettie
  • Hamish Cameron, JLL
  • Martin Devine, Pinsent Masons
  • Robin Blacklock, Dowbrae
  • Stuart Montgomery, Lismore Capital
  • Will Scarlett, Scarlett Developments


North West:

  • Ben Etherington, Loft
  • David Green, Simpson Haugh
  • Dougie Orton-Wade, Allsop
  • Giovanni Pilla, CBRE
  • Kate Howell, Allsop
  • Leanne Hargreaves, Grainger
  • Michael Howard, Urbanbubble
  • Peter Grimshaw, Regal Blinds
  • Sam Smith, Dandara
  • Tom Moreton, HPS Services
  • Vicky Hurcomb, Sigma Capital