UKAA announces retirement of CEO Dave Butler as organisation expands with new senior roles


  • Butler has overseen significant growth during his time at the helm
  • UKAA now inviting applications from Build to Rent leaders for CEO and Ops Director roles
  • Organisation going from strength to strength as membership and activities grow

The UKAA has announced that its CEO, Dave Butler, will be stepping down from his role and retiring at the end of April, after three and a half hugely successful years at the helm. Under Dave’s expert guidance, the UKAA has grown and innovated extensively, with a host of new initiatives helping shape the future of the Build to Rent sector in the UK.

“It has been an honour to champion and support UKAA’s members in their diligent work creating the rental communities of today and tomorrow over the past three years. The organisation’s growth has been remarkable, and it is a pleasure to be able to retire with such certainty regarding the bright future that UKAA has ahead of it.”

Dave Butler, CEO, UKAA

Butler’s career has encompassed a string of senior leadership positions within the real estate and technology sectors. He is leaving UKAA at a timely point in the organisation’s growth, as it expands to take on an additional Operations Director role to enable the successful delivery of its objectives for members.

We are delighted that the expanded UKAA will encompass both an Operations Director role and a CEO role moving forward. This will give us greater capacity to support the continued growth of the wider Build to Rent sector and deliver even more amazing homes.


“The whole organisation extends its thanks to Dave for his contribution. He is leaving the UKAA and our sector in a position of strength, and we wish him every happiness in his retirement.


Lesley Roberts, President, UKAA

The number of UKAA members has grown significantly over the past three years, as has the organisation’s remit. It is now seeking two high calibre individuals with a passion for the Build to Rent sector to pick up the mantle and build on Butler’s legacy.

UKAA has a reputation for bringing all parts of the Build to Rent sector together, serving as a platform where all those with a stake in the industry can share and collaborate in non-proprietary environment, working together for the greater good and supporting the sector to go from strength to strength.

The organisation demonstrated its value during the pandemic, serving as a unifying voice for the sector and is creating a Best Practice Guide that captures the accelerated learning from Covid’s impact. The pandemic led to an immediate requirement to fast forward collaboration for the sake of the whole Build to Rent sector, meaning that UKAA was uniquely positioned to be of benefit under Butler’s calm and collected leadership.

Recruitment is now open and underway for both the CEO and the Operations Director roles and is being handled by Red Penny & Partners. For more information or to express an interest in applying please email or visit