The Governing Board of the PCCB includes representatives from sponsoring associations and public interest members. 


Kate Davies - Public Interest

After 10 years in local government (Surrey County Council followed by the Association of County Councils)  Kate joined the Building Societies Association's/Council of Mortgage Lenders' Legal and Practice team in  December 1991.  When the BSA and CML formally separated in 1995 she became the CML's Senior Policy Adviser,  concentrating principally on the implementation of the industry's voluntary Mortgage Code and the introduction of the  FSA's MCOB regime.  Since leaving the CML in December 2008 Kate has worked as an independent consultant.  She joined the Board of the Darlington Building Society in November 2011, the PCCB in March 2012 and has been working  since July 2012 with the Equity Release Council.

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The Board

Kate Faulkner - Public Interest

Kate is a leading property consultant and property market commentator.  Kate's business provides consumers with  independent advice on how to buy, sell, rent, invest, renovate, maintain or build a property. Kate publishes monthly  summaries of what's happening to property prices and rents and the impact this has on consumers, businesses and  the industry. Kate works with leading companies to improve and enhance industry engagement with consumers.  She runs a business called 'Designs on Property Limited' and advises consumers and businesses on property  projects and communication. Kate has written six books on property, including four for the consumer  organisation Which?, and is a regular contributor to BBC programmes and other media on property issues. 

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Angela Newton - Public Interest

Angela is an independent consultant providing services for businesses and organisations across commercial and not-for-profit markets. She advises on developing, building and refining consumer products and services, always applying a critical lens on how best to serve the customer and deliver real value and integrity. A former publisher of consumer and property books, she worked at HarperCollins and Which?, commissioning titles across a range of property specialisms. Most recently, she has worked with publishers and businesses seeking to develop print products into online services, and has launched numerous consumer-facing websites and campaigns in sectors across consumer rights, education, social care and finance.

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Alan Thorogood - Industry Representative

Alan has over 20 years experience in the legal search industry. He has been CEO of STL Group plc – the largest  independent search provider in the UK - since 2003. STL was one of the pioneers of personal local authority searches  and the "one stop shop" concept of offering all property searches, land registry documents and indemnities from a  single provider. As a founder member of COPSO, Alan has been involved with the Search Code since its inception.  Alan holds a degree in Biology, a Masters in Landscape Design and is also a member of ILEX.

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Jane Foster - Industry Representative

Jane has worked in the search industry for over 10 years as a Director of T&C Property Search, a family run search company based in Yorkshire.  In addition to this, she has been a Director of IPSA (The Association of Independent Search Agents) for 10 years, representing the interests of small and micro independent search companies and striving to raise and maintain standards within the industry. Prior to this, Jane spent 10 years working in a variety of business to business and business to consumer roles having a degree and post-graduate qualifications in marketing.

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Industry Representative

Mike Clough set up Japanese Knotweed Solutions Ltd (JKSL) in 2002 to provide advice and information on Japanese Knotweed. Since then Mike has used his vast experience in Landscaping and horticulture to develop the business and the company is now a market leader in this field. JKSL specialise in providing the complete service from identification, tailored eradication methods and ongoing site monitoring.

Mike has been educating people about Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants for many years, regular audiences include the RICS, Network Rail, architects, housing associations, developers and many local authorities.

As a Board member of the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA), the industry body for companies involved in controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species in the UK, Mike is dedicated to promote and encourage the highest standards within the industry and improving the business climate in which the industry operates.

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