Clive Rook, a representative of regional estate and letting agent Rook Matthews Sayer, has resigned from the board of Agents’ Mutual, the parent company behind challenger portal OnTheMarket.
Ian Springett, chief executive of OnTheMarket, told Estate Agent Today that having helped guide Agents' Mutual through the development and launch phases, rook was stepping down as expected from his non-executive director role.
“He did not seek re-election because he wishes to be able to focus more time on his highly successful estate agency business in the north east” said Springett.
Rook Matthews Sayer is a well known estate and letting agency in the north east of England with 17 branches at Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Fenham, Forest Hall, Gosforth, Heaton, Hexham, Jesmond, Morpeth, Ponteland, Ryton, West Denton and Whitley Bay.
Rook became a director in March 2014 amidst publicity that, prior to his joining the board, Agents’ Mutual was predominantly an upmarket, London-centric body.
At the time of Rook’s appointment Paul Jarman of Savills, himself a director of Agents’ Mutual, said: “His appointment adds to the diversity of representation and perspectives around the board table and further reinforces our commitment to create a fully national portal serving all agents in the UK residential property markets.”
"I have very much enjoyed being a part of the Agents' Mutual board and my estate agency firm remains one of its biggest supporters. I take great satisfaction in what has been achieved so far and remain firmly confident about the prospects for the business” Rook said this morning.