Who we are
The National Residential Landlords Association is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to serving landlords in the private rental sector. We have just over 100 staff based in London, Manchester, Cardiff and home-based and a Board of 8 comprising the Chair, seven non-executives and the Chief Executive.
Jodi Berg OBEChair
Jodi’s early career was as a solicitor specialising in corporate and commercial law before bringing that experience to the governance of private, public and not for profit organisations. She brings to NRLA over 30 years of experience of Board membership and chairmanship including non-executive directorship of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and chairing public bodies in the health and criminal justice sectors. She is passionate about helping organisations to be the best and most efficient they can be, devoting themselves to excellence of service. Alongside her corporate experience she is a specialist in dispute and complaints resolution, notably in the housing sector, and has acted as the Independent Complaints Reviewer for HM Land Registry, the Charity Commission and regulators the Housing Corporation and the Tenant Services Authority.
“Being a landlord is one of the most socially responsible roles one can hold. With the few irresponsible exceptions who hit the headlines, landlords are predominantly people who want to give their tenants decent homes to live in for a fair return for their investment. Membership of NRLA helps landlords to understand their responsibilities and those of their tenants, and to keep up with the ever-changing environment in which they have to operate. I am determined that NRLA will spare no effort in working towards improving the way in which landlords are generally perceived by securing recognition of their importance to our society, leading to a fairer deal from Governments, local authorities and the courts. Members will find a warm welcome at NRLA that offers fellowship with other landlords, information and advice when needed, and the opportunity of accreditation.”
Adrian JeakingsNon-executive Director
Adrian brings over 25 years’ experience at board level in both executive and non-executive roles. He has worked in senior financial roles in the UK and abroad and was CEO of Archant, a regional media business, for six years.
His non-executive roles have included Chair of the News Media Association, President of the Newspaper Society and Chair of the National Landlords Association. He was a director and Chair of the Audit Committee at the Press Association, Chair of Norse Group’s Audit Advisory Committee and a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s appointments panel. He has also served as a lay member of the University of East Anglia’s Audit Committee and as a Governor of Norwich School.
After serving as the NLA Chair, Adrian worked closely with the Chair of the RLA, Alan Ward, to bring about the merger of the two associations and create the NRLA. He will now continue as a NED to ensure the vision of the merger is delivered.
Alan WardNon-executive Director
A landlord and developer in the PRS since 1993 with a mixed portfolio, Alan is an RLA founding director and became chairman in 2008, ultimately became joint architect of the merger to form NRLA.
He believes the PRS provides an essential economic benefit to the nation with little recognition. He sees it as capable of a major contribution to meet the nation’s housing need given better fiscal understanding by Government.
"Regulation is pointless without effective enforcement and that requires an intelligence-lead approach to target the criminals. I have faith in the well-meaning majority of landlords to deliver property that is safe, legal and secure and despise the criminals and frauds who disproportionately concentrate the minds of those in Westminster, Cardiff and town halls."
Steve SimpsonNon-executive Director
Having spent most of his professional career in financial services until April 2011 and supporting the family retail business as Company Secretary for 32 years, in more recent times his work brought him into contact with the NLA, firstly as a Local Representative and then as Non-Executive Director since 2016, it addition to this he re-trained and qualified to provide small businesses with bookkeeping, business planning and self-assessment support.
A landlord with 4 properties in his hometown of Chester Le Street, Co Durham for 16 years and likes to provide good quality accommodation for his tenants.
Also Chair and Director of Back on the Map Enterprises in Sunderland, this expands his involvement in the private rented sector with board responsibility for a further 120 properties and broadens his understanding of the sector, good governance, risk and business strategy.
"In an ever-changing world for landlords, I hope to bring my experience as a landlord and in business to the NRLA, to assist with the challenges placed on the PRS by Central and Local Government and to ensure our members receive the very best communication, support and services now and into the future”
Douglas HaigNon-executive Director
I have a passion for improving and streamlining everything I'm involved in, particularly the property sector. I divide my time between building my business portfolio, serving property owners, landlords, developers and property managers and working with landlords, politicians and the third sector to build a better private rented sector that is suitable for all stakeholders.
As a result of my desire to invoke change within the property sector I became Chair of the Cardiff Landlord Forum and later Director for Wales of the Residential Landlords Association then later Vice Chair. I dealt directly with those that are making policies that affect landlords and tenants alike including Housing Ministers in England and Wales, No. 10 and various panes and committees. I speak to increase the professionalism of the sector, ensuring people live in a safe and secure home whilst not increasing costs or overburdening the sector with legislation. I was a key member of the RLA board that led to the merger of the two largest representative bodies for landlords, the Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlords Association.
Harish BhayaniNon-executive Director
Harish started his career with a master’s level degree in engineering from Imperial College, London. He brings a variety of commercial experience and knowledge to his role accumulated over forty years. He has been a landlord since 2007, building a successful portfolio from scratch. In his voluntary activities he has been a trustee/chair in homelessness charities since 2006.
In 2001 he founded and still runs, a diversity consultancy, serving clients in all sectors. His other board level roles have included periods as governor at a large secondary school and as an investor in his own and other peoples’ SMEs. Prior to setting up his diversity consultancy he spent 20 years developing his career in a wide range of corporate roles, at Exxon Mobil, Rover Group and Deloitte.
Claire JenkinsonNon-executive Director
Claire Jenkinson has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and general management roles in B2B businesses, primarily with Reed Elsevier, Emap and CRU International.
Claire has held a number of senior roles, including Sales Development Director for Emap’s B2B division. Claire was Group Publishing Director of Nursing Times and Health Service Journal and then became Managing Director of Emap’s conference business, responsible for over 350 events. Claire joined Reed Business Information in 2009 to head up two divisions, operating in global markets. Most recently, Claire’s role as Sales and Marketing Director for CRU International has resulted in significant transformational change and market leading growth for the subscription business.
Claire has been a landlord since 2010.
Nina Hingorani-CrainNon-executive Director
Nina is a Chartered Accountant and Law Graduate with a diverse 20+ year career in the corporate, public and charity sectors. After a decade in corporate finance and consulting, she joined the Financial Services regulator. Here she spent 10 years, including in management roles as the Chairman’s Principal Private Secretary during the global financial crisis, and subsequently as Chief of Staff leading the creation of the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Whilst at the FCA, Nina also undertook a 6 month strategic secondment to Age UK to inform the strategy of placing consumer needs at the heart of the new regulatory mandate.
She embarked on a portfolio career in 2015 and is today on the Board of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Senior Independent Director on the Board of the Monmouthshire Building Society (the second largest building society in Wales), and Chair of the Workforce Committee on the Board of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (a mental and community health trust). Nina has also been a landlord since 2012.
“I am passionate about the important role that I believe NRLA has to play across England and Wales, all the more so against a backdrop of unprecedented circumstances as we deal with the immediate and longer term impact of the global pandemic. I am delighted to join the Board, and am very much looking forward to helping shape our strategy and future direction as we move forward with the combined strength of our predecessor bodies."
Ben BeadleChief Executive
Ben Beadle is Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), the UK’s largest trade body for landlords.
A landlord himself since the age of 20, Ben started out as property manager before working his way up through the ranks at Tenancy Deposit Scheme.
He was then Operations Director at property management business Touchstone before overseeing the merger of the National Residential Landlords Association (NLA) and Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to create the new trade body earlier this year.
His key aims as head of the organisation are to strengthen the voice of landlords in Westminster and Cardiff, to improve the reputation of landlords in the media and to support members through information, training and accreditation.