The head of finance at Propertymark has quit - another high profile departure for the troubled organisation.
Estate Agent Today broke the news that Kate Hawkins had resigned unexpectedly; a statement from Propertymark then claimed she was leaving "to seek other opportunities" and stated she had signalled her wish to go two weeks ago.
Hawkins' exit, after two and a half years in the post, is just the latest of many senior departures from the trade body in recent months.
In February chief executive Tim Balcon left after only four months, having given a series of interviews - including one with EAT - outlining his plans for the organisation. No reason was given for his sudden departure.
A few days before Balcon quit, the NAEA President Kirsty Finney resigned after only six of her 12 months term of office - no explanation was given by Propertymark for her leaving.
Former NAEA chief executive Mark Hayward was scheduled to leave at Christmas but then made a surprise return with a new title of Propertymark Chief Policy Advisor; his former ARLA chief executive counterpart David Cox left unexpectedly last year and now works at Rightmove; former NAEA chairman Christopher Hamer left last year, again at what appeared short notice.
In June 2017 an earlier head of finance at Propertymark, Rob Clutton, was reported by the trade press to have been dismissed.
Propertymark’s file at Companies House shows that amongst its directors, 12 have resigned in the past five years.
Little detail is known about many of the resignations and departures, partly - it is rumoured - because of the widespread use of confidentiality agreements.
A statement from Propertymark to Estate Agent Today says: "Kate Hawkins, Head of Finance, is sadly leaving Propertmark after two and a half years in the role. Having made a huge contribution to Propertymark, she is leaving to seek other opportunities. She is currently working her notice period and will ensure a smooth transition. Nathan Emerson, Interim CEO commented 'We are very sad to see Kate go but understand she is ready for her next challenge. She has been a really valuable member of the Senior Management Team at Propertymark and will be much missed by her colleagues. She has streamlined lots of our processes and leaves behind a strong team'."
It's also been revealed that last week Helen Herniman resigned from her position as a non-executive director of Propertymark because, the organisation says, her term "is coming to an end."
Propertymark says it's looking for two new non-execs, to be in post by June.