The Speakers 2018

ARLA Conference

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Julian Worricker - Conference Moderator

Julian Worricker

Julian Worricker is currently a presenter for the BBC News Channel’s rolling news and the BBC World Service’s Weekend World Today programme.

He has been a familiar voice on BBC radio since 1985 presenting on various programmes across BBC Radio 4, including Any Answers?, You & Yours and Last Word.   

Over the years he has reported from around the world on breaking international news stories, covered UK general elections, commentated on Royal events, and announced Ryder Cup and Ashes victories.

Julian was entertainingly ‘photobombed’ by the Queen, live on BBC News, when she visited the BBC news room. 

Over the years he has won several broadcasting and journalism awards.

Sally Lawson - ARLA President

Sally Lawson ARLA Conference

Sally Lawson is both a successful business woman and a property lettings professional, gaining her wealth of experience over the last 24 years by setting up and running Wolverhampton’s leading Letting Agency Lawson’s, which has let over 6000 properties.

On top of this she has developed her own property portfolio and launched a franchise The Concentric Lettings group, which helps others set up and launch their own property sales and lettings businesses.

David Cox - ARLA Managing Director

David Cox

David Cox is Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark.

He joined ARLA, Association of Residential Letting Agents, in January 2014 bringing a sharply focused policy and stakeholder engagement perspective.

David has worked alongside a diverse board of experienced practitioners from across the industry to transform ARLA into ARLA Propertymark, an organisation which protects consumers through measures including Client Money Protection, campaigning for mandatory regulation of the lettings industry and raising professional standards.

David has held senior policy roles at the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI); a trained barrister, David has also acted as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP..

Rt Hon Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s first post war Coalition. As leader of the Liberal Democrats he led the party to their first term in government for 100 years.

After working at the European Commission in transport and trade, Nick served as MEP for the East Midlands before entering Parliament as Member for Sheffield Hallam. He soon became Lib-Dem spokesman on Europe, Foreign and Home Affairs, before winning a leadership contest with a mission to build a strong challenge to the two larger parties. In the 2010 election campaign he emerged as a popular counter to Gordon Brown and David Cameron - distinguishing himself in the televised leaders’ debates. Faced with a hung parliament, Nick negotiated a coalition agreement with the Conservatives that would see them in government, but dogged by controversy.

As Deputy Prime Minister at a time of recession, Nick was part of the leadership team faced with the challenge of economic recovery. He and his party bore the brunt of public and media criticism for the programme of austerity, especially cuts in public spending. (Despite this he became the first government figure to put his head above the parapet on a weekly phone-in show.) Perhaps best known as a passionate pro-European, Nick also battled for progressive policies on civil liberties, social mobility, early years education and NHS mental health treatment.

In his best-selling book Politics: Between the extremes, Nick offers a frank account of his time in government and makes the case for a politics based on reason and compromise. In his follow-up, How To Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) he lays out the seriousness of the UK’s departure from the EU, the dangers that it may bring, why it may not have the popular support it appears to have, and how the process could be halted. In print, on air and on stage Nick continues to comment widely on how populism has changed politics in Westminster and beyond as well as the implications of Brexit. With honesty and humility he looks at his own role in recent events and reveals what’s going on behind the scenes.

Justin King CBE

Justin King

Justin King served as CEO of J Sainsbury for a decade. At the time one of the youngest CEOs in FTSE 100 history, Justin’s time in charge is seen as one of the great success stories of modern British business. He’s now vice-chair of private equity firm Terra Firma overseeing a portfolio that stretches from cinema chains to garden centres.

Sainsbury’s was losing market share and, despite huge investment, struggling to compete with its rivals when Justin was appointed Chief Executive. Taking difficult and sometimes controversial decisions, he launched a company-wide overhaul. After only a year in the role, he reported the first improvement in quarterly sales figures for more than two years. Pioneering dramatic changes in the relationship between management and staff, he introduced a ‘tell Justin’ scheme to encourage feedback from employees and even manned a checkout during the Christmas rush. Four years after taking charge, Sainsbury’s reported twelve consecutive quarters of growth and hit its sales targets ahead of time.

Justin led Sainsbury’s during huge shifts in the retail and supermarket landscape including diversifying into general merchandise, the rise of online shopping and of discount retailers, the move into smaller, convenience stores, and a cut-throat price war between rivals Tesco and Asda. Sainsbury’s steered a path balancing quality and price and moved quickly into online and convenience shopping.

Prior to Sainsbury’s Justin began his career as a marketing trainee with Mars before moving on to Pepsi and Haagen-Dazs. He then moved to Asda as MD and later ran M&S’s food division.

In speeches Justin tackles the vagaries of leadership, including his list of ‘ten Cs’ for great leadership. He also considers his personal journey and the lessons it’s delivered, as well as ethical business. He was a board member of LOCOG from 2009 to 2013 and has also served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. He was named Most Admired Business Leader by Management Today and as Britain’s Most Impressive Businessman in the IPSOS-MORI Captains of Industry Report.

Rob Bolwell

Rob Bolwell

Rob Bolwell is the Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, solicitors.  

He is Head of the Landlord & Tenant Department and works on the more complicated dilapidation and possession cases, assisting a number of clients with large block management portfolios and providing property related advice on insolvencies.  

Rob has appeared as the resident legal expert on the BBC’s Watchdog Rogue Traders programme and collaborated with Louisa Fletcher on a book entitled “Property Uncovered.” 

The book is a comprehensive guide for ‘first timers’ on how to save money, make money and (more importantly) protect themselves when finding, buying, selling, renting, letting and owning a home for the first time. 

Douglas Haig


Douglas has been a developer and landlord since 2001 starting in the young professional HMO market whilst studying.

His portfolio covers a wide variety of geographies and tenure types providing an insight into the requirements and nuances of most market types. Douglas was invited to become the Chair of the Cardiff Landlord Forum in 2009 where he has worked closely with Cardiff Council representing private landlords on many subjects from energy efficiency, licensing, waste management through to housing strategy.  

Douglas joined the board of the Residential Landlords Association in 2011 to further this work on a national basis as the RLA’s first Director for Wales, particularly important as Wales had just elected for devolved powers which included housing.  Since then, Douglas has been involved in the development of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and the Renting Homes Act 2015 as well as a huge range of local and national issues, always ensuring landlords views are represented.

In 2013 Douglas was appointed as one of two Vice-Chairs for his work and he is at the forefront of fighting the recent finance changes announced for landlords.  He also has a keen interest in the development of Universal Credit and ensuring there is a level playing field.

Douglas runs a property management and property maintenance companies that operate across South Wales and parts of England.  His academic background gives a thorough approach to looking at issues and arguing cases.  He also enjoys Formula 1 and getting frustrated at the Scotland rugby team. 

Katie Morley

Katrine Sporle

Katie Morley is the Consumer Affairs Editor at Telegraph Media Group.

Katie was named the Young Journalist of the Year 2013 by the Harold Wincott Foundation for business, economic and financial journalism.

Katrine Sporle - The Property Ombudsman

Katrine Sporle

Katrine Sporle CBE took up her current post as The Property Ombudsman on 1 November 2015.

Previously, Katrine was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (2003 – 2011), which involved being responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency, 1000 members of staff and a £60m budget.

Prior to that, Katrine was Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for eight years. She provided inspirational leadership to develop the potential of the Borough as a whole, gaining a reputation for economic, cultural and social success.

Katrine was Executive Director and Chapter Clerk at Salisbury Cathedral (2011 – 2015) where she reviewed the Cathedral Master Plan and led a successful HLF Bid for the re-display of the Magna Carta during the 800th Anniversary celebrations.


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