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RLA senior researcher nominated for top award

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

RLA senior researcher Dr Tom Simcock has been named one of the property industry’s rising stars, reaching the final of the British Property Federation’s (BPF) Tomorrow’s Leaders Awards.

Since joining the Residential Landlords Association in 2016 Dr Simcock’s work has been hugely influential.

His research on the impact of the sharing economy on the rental market hit the national headlines and led to Airbnb changing its practices and making a public commitment to enforcing its own listing limits.

As well as making the front page of The Times, along with the BBC, Sky News, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail, his work has also been cited in Parliament on numerous occasions, informing debate on issues including Universal Credit, tax and immigration.

He has also single-handedly established the RLA’s research arm PEARL.

PEARL is a platform hosting all the research carried out by the RLA and its partners and also includes an up-to-date dashboard of official housing statistics from sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the English Housing Survey.

Dr Simcock has been nominated for the BPF’s Rising Star Award, which recognises individuals who have made ‘an exceptional contribution to their organisation or the industry and can demonstrate strong potential to rise to the highest levels of leadership within the industry’.

He said: “It is a huge honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award.

“Quality research is vital when it comes to informing debate and the work I have done through PEARL is already making an impact on the ground, which is great to see.

“It is essential that the RLA has the necessary data to back up its campaigns work and make ministers and MPs sit up and listen, and ultimately bring about positive change.”

The BPF will announce the award winners, selected by a panel of industry experts, at a special event in London this Thursday.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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