Our Committee

At our Annual General Meeting held in December 2023 the following Committee was elected. This Committee stands until the next AGM due to be held in December 2024.

Chairman - Andrew Simpson

Andy has been a landlord for 16 years and is Managing Director of Landlord Broadband based at York Science Park. As Chairman of what he believes to be one of the best local landlord associations in the UK, he is passionate about York RLA encouraging and promoting good practice in York’s private rented sector. He is keen to continue to develop this area, along with enhancing York RLA’s association with other key bodies in the community, and further improving the support provided to members.

Treasurer - Giles Webster

Giles is a Chartered Accountant for over twenty years and trained with Ernst & Young. He has held a number of finance, operational and strategic roles across a range of businesses and industries. Giles has a keen interest in both HMO and non HMO properties, the national and local challenges facing landlords, plus the housing sector itself. Giles has been a member of York RLA since 216 and joined the Committee in 2023.

Committee Members

Tony Cook

Tony was born in Heslington and educated in York, he worked as a decorator within his fathers firm and at the age of 21 was made a partner. After the death of his father he then took over and ran the business himself. Tony worked on the university campus in conjunction with the maintenance department for 30 years and is a landlord of 20 years standing. He firmly believes the York RLA is the association of the future where you can go for all advice & help. The constant legislative changes from various governments is a minefield to landlords, so being in the association is essential.


Nigel Deamer

Nigel was born, raised and educated in York. He started his working career at the age of 16 and served his apprenticeship as a decorator with D.W. Cook who was based in Heslington. He ran his own business for 42 years, the first 14 in a partnership and latterly as a sole trader when he retired in 2015. He is a member of the Painting and Decorating Association, currently serving on both Regional and National Councils, and has done for the last 15 years. He has been a landlord for the last 18 years and joined the York RLA a number of years ago which has given him a lot of valuable information due to the ever changing legislation. He strongly believes that being a member of Associations it is essential members show interest in the running of the affairs and not leave it entirely to others.


Nick Jemmett

Nick was born and educated in York. He graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1983 before working as a mechanical engineer organising the maintenance and repair of heavy earth moving machinery. During this time he was also involved in the family farming business and started letting his first house to students from York’s College of Law. Now over 34 years later Nick has gained considerable experience in the purchase, refurbishment and on-going management of other properties let to students. He has been a member of York RLA since it’s inception in 1995 and previously served on the committee in the early days of the association. He was one of the first members to receive a ‘Good Landlord’s Award’ from Higher York, a scheme set up by the Students’ Unions of York’s Universities and Colleges to highlight those who have provided exceptional level of service to their tenants. Nick continues to take an active interest in all aspects of the student accommodation market in York.


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