Mystery over the unusual nature of the resignation of the NAEA President, announced last weekend, has deepened in the past 24 hours.
Kirsty Finney quit six months into her year in office; and for some of the initial six months she “took some time out” according to an NAEA response to an enquiry from Estate Agent Today over the weekend.
A message from the organisation to members, sent out by email on Saturday morning, said Finney had stood down but did not give a reason nor was it accompanied by the usual thanks for her work as president.
Following approaches from agents yesterday, Estate Agent Today yesterday asked NAEA Propertymark specifically:
- why no thanks were expressed in the resignation email;
- why Finney’s departure was not mentioned on the NAEA website; and
- what was the reason for her standing down.
The response from the NAEA, via its public relations representative, was simply: “All members were informed by way of the newsletter that went out on Saturday. It is inappropriate to make any further comment.”
The message that was sent by NAEA head office to association members on Saturday morning read: “Kirsty Finney will no longer be acting in the role of President of NAEA Propertymark. We are pleased that the current presidential team will be stepping up to ensure stability and a clear voice for members: Liana Loporto as President Elect, Stephen McCarron as Vice President supported by former presidents Lauren Scott and Katie Griffin.”
However, some NAEA members have told EAT that they did not receive this email on Saturday.