Following a hugely successful 12 months as president of the Brighton and Hove Estate Agents Association, our director Chris Sawyer passed the baton onto Paul Taggart at the AGM on Thursday.

At the outset of his tenure Chris stated that his aims for the BHEAA during 2016 were: to raise money for The Clock Tower Sanctuary; to focus on training; modernise the membership criteria and to persuade Brighton & Hove City College to run a certificated estate agency course.  

1. Chris Paul and Tina small.jpgDuring his speech on Thursday Chris was pleased to report that the BHEAA had achieved everything that they’d set out to do, including raising a healthy £4200.00 for the charity.

“We put on quarterly seminars for our members covering subjects such as conveyancing, building and construction, lease extensions, collective enfranchisement and compliance. We got great feedback from those who attended these events and we are very grateful to the industry experts who kindly gave up their time for free” Chris explained.

Having amended the rule book, in particular the membership criteria, the BHEAA is now a more inclusive organisation that will be able to attract more members and be even more relevant in the modern estate and letting agency world.

“I’m also delighted that Brighton & Hove City College agreed to add the estate agency course to their roster of further education and vocational courses. The BHEAA have been instrumental in this following lengthy discussions and we should all feel very proud of ourselves with the outcome” Chris continued.

Having joined the BHEAA council at the same time as Paul, Chris is immensely pleased to be handing over the presidency to someone that he knows will continue to drive the association forward.

Chris was really happy to hear Paul announce in his acceptance speech that he too strongly believes in the work The Clock Tower Sanctuary and all they do for the young homeless people in our city. Paul stated that the BHEAA will continue to raise funds for them, with a 2017 target of £10,000, and will be appealing to all members to ramp up their support for the charity this year.

Following the changes made during 2016, BHEAA membership is no longer restricted to those who are managers, partners or directors, and Paul stated that he wants to see an increase in BHEAA members this year.

During the AGM, Tina Templeman became the new Vice President, while both Richard Payne and Jim Plant have agreed to join as council members. Chris will continue to be a council member and expressed his sincere thanks for everyone’s time and commitment that allowed the organisation to thrive during his presidency.