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Student Accommodation Conference & Awards 2017 :: Speakers
Head of Business Intelligence
Aaron Maskrey is the Head of Research & Intelligence for GSA Group, based in Dubai, UAE. He leads a team that manages the collation and analysis of global market data which influence the student accommodation environment. The team analyses global micro & macro data on higher education, real estate and socio-demographic information to provide GSA Group with a unique strategic advantage on market insight. Aaron is also responsible for providing clear and insightful trends to the...more
Technology Entrepreneur and TV personality
Solomon is the Founder and Managing Director at Instabear Ltd, a rapidly growing start-up in the UK (headquartered in London). Instabear are the award-winning creators of Social Media Experiences. The company behind Hashtag Printing, Social Drinks, SnapBack and a number of photo activations. All Instabear products use native apps (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) to increase the reach of marketing campaigns. Instabear are building the next generation of web and mobile apps for an image-c...more
Chief Executive
University Alliance
Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she studied Classics. She then studied and qualified as a solicitor practising with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later the US law firm Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. After six years, she joined the civil service on the fast stream. She has held a number of appointments including with the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Home Office and BIS. She worked on the HE White Paper for the then Minister for Universities and Sc...more
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Diana is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). She has experience of policy-making in both Whitehall and at the EU-level, having recently worked at the Department for Education as the Programme Manager on the team establishing the Office for Students and having been a founding member of the European Commission’s ‘Voice of the Researchers’ network. Diana has also previously managed projects looking at the values behind EU rese...more
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Structured Property Finance
Chief Executive
Martin Blakey has worked in the student accommodation area for over 20 years with a wide experience of all kinds of student housing, from off-street to purpose built properties. He has worked closely with HEIs, Local Authorities, Governments and major suppliers to raise housing standards and widen student choice and expectations. As Chief Executive of Unipol, (a charity focusing on student housing) Martin helped develop a portfolio housing 3,000 students in Leeds, provides services to arou...more
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ASRA Chair and Head of Accommodation Services
Sheffield Hallam University
Founder & CEO
As founder and Managing Director of the ASK4 Group, Jonathan overseers the company’s strategic management and development. Having identified an opportunity to use business-class telecommunications infrastructure to deliver industry leading broadband to residential users in the multi-tenant buildings, Jonathan launched ASK4 back in 2000. Today the company delivers super-fast broadband, managed WiFi, IPTV, VoIP telephony and value-added services to over 150,000 users at over 400 sites ...more
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Director of Estate and Development
Keele University
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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Office
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Founder & CEO
Three Sixty Developments
Managing Director
Red Brick Research
Tim Daplyn is the Founder and Managing Director of Red Brick Research – a consumer insights agency with a specialist practice in higher education, and the organisation behind the National Student Housing Survey. Founded in 2007, Red Brick has grown to become one of the most well-respected and sought–after global HE and youth specialists. Clients include household names in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors, as well as more than 100 universities and student accommo...more
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Chief Executive Officer
Higher London
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Strategic Partnerships Manager
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Development Director
Chief Executive Officer
Cass and Claredale Halls of Residence
Allan Hilton has worked in student accommodation for over 25 years. He is currently Chief Executive of Cass and Claredale, which is a charitable student housing provider. The rents offered in the halls accommodation are some of the lowest in London and have been so for the last 35 years.  The public benefit of Cass and Claredale is to deliver affordable accommodation to allow students  to be able to  study in London.   Allan sits on the board of the ANUK code and it...more
Director of Operations, Ardingly College, and Chair, Audit Committee, UNIPOL/NUS Code of Management for Halls of Residence
Following a career in retail in the United States and England, Paddy started his association with the Higher Education sector in 1999 when he was appointed as Commercial Services Director of the University of the Arts.  In 2005 he moved to Imperial College London where he led a £175 million capital development plan to transform the experience of the 13,000 students at the College through the development of facilities and services including new halls of residence, sport centres a...more
Director of Research and Development
Empiric Student Property plc
Sarah joined Empiric Student Property plc in January 2017 as Director of Research and Development. Empiric is an internally managed UK REIT investing in modern, premium student accommodation located in prime central locations in top university towns and cities in the UK. In her previous role at Cushman & Wakefield, Sarah created the national practice group for student residential consultancy. For 12 years she developed relationships with universities, built comprehensive data resources...more
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Director of Accommodation Services
University of Edinburgh
Commercial & Marketing Director
As Commercial Director at CRM, Stewart is responsible for representing the ultimate customer; the student, within all aspects of the business. He is the student advocate throughout the design process, as well as supporting the Operations team in enhancing the student experience whilst making a home at a CRM scheme. Stewart has worked within marketing and market understanding since graduation, working for McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi before starting his own agency and launching...more
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Managing Director
MPC Micro Living Development GmbH
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EU international, recently completed his term as SU President as UEL and now a staff member at Essex SU
Managing Director
UPP Projects Limited
Andrew was appointed Managing Director of UPP Projects Limited in 2016. In this role, he oversees the Group’s design, planning, funding and development business which is responsible for the origination, negotiation and sequent financial close of all transactions. Andrew was formally Director of VINCI UK Developments and VINCI Investments. Before this, he held senior positions within Taylor Woodrow Construction, focused on origination of public/private partnership transactions, pr...more
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Managing Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Campus Advantage
In 2003 Mike co-founded Campus Advantage (CA) and now directs all aspects of its business segments including business development, acquisitions, development, and management services. CA is one of North America’s largest owners and operators of student housing communities with over 30,000 beds across 39 markets in 25 states. To date Campus Advantage has raised $675M in equity and acquired or developed over $1.3B in assets. CA’s consulting division has completed over 250 domestic...more
Board Director
Whittam Cox Architects
Nick is a board director and Head of the Student Living team at Whittam Cox Architects (rebranded from WCEC Group in Feb 17).  Nick has a strong interest in the continual evolution of student living design and his knowledge of the sector brings a unique, invaluable and often innovative approach to projects, to ensure maximum value is achieved for the client throughout all aspects of the design and construction process. Over the last ten years Nick has worked with numerous Univ...more
Vice Chancellor
The University of Buckingham
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historian, educationalist, commentator and political author. He was head of Brighton College and of Wellington College, two of Britain's leading independent schools. He is author of over 40 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, politics and education, was the co-founder and first director of the Institut...more
Director of Student Services
King's College London
Chris Shelley is the Director of Student Services at King’s College London, where he has been since January 2013. Chris leads welfare and academic services from Counselling to Timetabling, from Advice to Graduations, from Sport to Exams. Prior to working at King’s he spent over six years at the National Union of Students in a range of roles covering students’ union development and their roles as charities. Chris is also a member of the AMOSSHE Executive Committee, Deputy ...more
Regional Chief Executive Officer
Europe and USA
Mr Smith, as Regional Chief Executive Officer of Europe and the US, is responsible for new and existing businesses in Europe and the US (excluding Oakwood Worldwide). Prior to joining Mapletree, Mr Smith was a partner at Goldman Sachs, heading the South East Asia investment banking business as well as the bank’s Asia Pacific (ex Japan) real estate business. As one of the pioneers of the Asian REIT industry, Mr Smith has been involved in numerous IPOs, including the IPOs of all fo...more
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Sustainability Behaviour Change Officer
University of London
Chief Executive
Student Minds
Rosie is based at Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. She has been working on the issue of student well being for several years, first as the Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer at the University of Nottingham Students' Union, followed by a number of different roles at Student Minds managing volunteering, campaigns and relationships, before becoming the charity's Chief Executive Officer last year. Rosie and the Student Minds team have worked with over 100...more
Commercial Director
IQ Student Accommodation
David is currently Commercial Director at iQ Student Accommodation, the UK’s third largest owner and operator of purpose student accommodation. iQ has 24,000 beds in 55 schemes in 25 towns and cities.  Prior to joining iQ is 2008, David held senior roles at a number of universities including, SOAS, University of Central Lancashire and LSE, where he was Director of Residential Services for eight years. He is current Chair of the influential British Property Federation Student Acc...more
Chief Executive Officer
Student Marketing
Samuel Vetrak is the Founder and CEO of StudentMarketing, a global market research and intelligence consultancy that specialises in student housing and micro-living asset classes (incl. in-field research). The company provides comprehensive insights on global youth and student mobility market trends, and helps investors and funds to identify investment opportunities and justify investment-related business decisions. StudentMarketing is a UNWTO Affiliate Member and a partner of the ...more
Operations Director
Three Sixty Developments
Brian joined Threesixty Developments (formerly known as Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd) in 2011 and has extensive experience within the Student Accommodation sector, having worked for Liberty Living, one of the UK’s largest providers of student accommodation for the previous five years in various senior roles culminating in Head of Operational Strategy. Working his way through the ranks has given Brian a unique insight into the needs of students and University customers, and stron...more
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