Launch of the UKAA Best Practice guide

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Dave Butler, UKAA CEO

The UKAA is the trade body for everyone operating the Build To Rent sector. Dave joined as CEO in July 2018, with a brief to help grow the sector and our members businesses through a focus on sharing knowledge and highlighting best practice.  Under his leadership, the UKAA has more than doubled in size to 300 members, expanded the scope and range of activities and built a reputation for innovative and dynamic events. In January 2022, Dave was named in the EG’s  50 Most Influential in BTR. Dave is also currently a Non-Executive Director for Orbit Housing Association, and fa trustee of Smile Through Sport, a leading disability sports charity operating across the North- East.


Lesley Roberts, UKAA President and Partner & Executive Director, Allsop

Lesley is a Partner at Allsop specialising in build to rent. She is a well-known specialist in the residential investment market and has been heavily involved in the evolution of build to rent in the UK over the last few years. Prior to joining Allsop, Lesley was a Director at Pinnacle Group, spearheading PRS services for large scale residential landlords and investors, and has a decade of experience working with developers, housing associations and institutional investors in acquiring, building and efficiently operating large scale PRS portfolios. With 15+ years of UK PRS experience, her expertise incorporates all facets of large-scale residential portfolio performance including product suitability, design, lettings, management, operations and strategic asset management. She has contributed to thought leadership through both the British Property Federation (BPF) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), having toured the US studying their multi-family model and heavily involved with the second edition of the ULI’s ‘Build to Rent Guide’, and more recently appointed as the President of the UKAA – the specialist industry body for build to rent.



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