We are delighted that our portfolio company iamproperty has announced the appointment of Mark Lewis as its new Group Chairman.  The appointment follows the announcement of Perwyn as iamproperty’s new private equity partner last month and comes at a key time for iamproperty, with work well underway to deliver its vision of an integrated ecosystem of solutions for estate agents.

Mark brings a successful track record of leading and scaling ambitious businesses with great technology at their heart.  With a passion for disrupting the norm to offer consumers a more compelling and better way, there is a strong synergy with iamproperty, as pioneers of the Modern Method of Auction.

During an impressive career, Mark was Managing Director of eBay UK, scaling the online auction business to become a major force in UK retail.  As Retail Director on the Board of John Lewis, he helped grow the business to become the market-leading multi-channel retailer in the UK.

Mark was previously CEO of MoneySupermarket Group plc, scaling the price comparison business and helping households save over £2bn from their bills each year.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director for both Santander UK and Direct Line Group plc, and a Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery.

Mark Lewis, newly appointed Group Chairman of iamproperty commented: “I am impressed by how iamproperty has successfully disrupted the property industry to bring more speed and security for both estate agents and consumers.  What the founders Ben and Jamie have built is already impressive, with innovative modern auction solutions based on strong technology and a fantastic service proposition.  They have a deep understanding of the industry and the needs of estate agents, and I am looking forward to working together to see their ecosystem vision fulfilled.”

Ben Ridgway, Co-Founder of iamproperty added: “We are thrilled to welcome Mark.  He brings a huge raft of experience which is really relevant for the direction of travel of the business, as we deliver on our ecosystem vision.  We are at a key point with the innovation behind this, with some new features and solution launches coming in the New Year.

“A huge thanks to Mark Goddard for his time as Chairman, during what was a very exciting period of organic growth and acquisition.”

Gurinder Sunner, Partner at Perwyn, also commented: “We invested in iamproperty to support the business, and there is a great synergy between our teams.  We are delighted with Mark Lewis’ appointment as the new Group Chairman of the company, and we look forward to working with him to leverage his formidable experience and strategic insight in guiding iamproperty as it continues to scale.  Attracting a Chairman of Mark’s calibre is another testament to the impressive business that Ben and Jamie have built; with Mark being excellently placed to help drive iamproperty’s expansion.”

iamproperty works with over 6,000 UK estate agency branches to help them accelerate their success.