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Student Accommodation Conference & Awards 2017 :: Speakers
Head of Research & Intelligence
GSA Group
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
Director of Colleges / Head of Constantine College / Senior Lecturer in Politics
University of York
Rob Aitken is Director of Colleges at the University of York with responsibility for supporting student success through our College communities. He has led work at the University of York on delivering student learning through student leaders including the introduction of well-being workshops in Colleges and integrating the Colleges with other student support services at York. He led a review of the induction process for new students and the introduction of new orientation workshops in 2017...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
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
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
Student Accommodation Investor and Developer.
Threesixty Developments
Bob Crompton started his last Student Housing Business in 2010 with two people. The group was sold in 2016 and 2017 in for over £1billion. He is the founder and CEO of 360 Developments, The Student Housing Company, Knightsbridge Student Housing and other businesses. Bob was the first UK Student Housing specialist to invest and develop with scale and in Germany, Spain, France and Ireland. Prior to working in Student Accommodation he was a Managing Director at St James Homes (Berke...more
Chief Executive Officer
Eri has over a decade of leadership experience in the student sector, supporting development and managing operations.  His company, Collegiate AC, focus on development and operating partnerships for state-of-the-art residences across the UK and Europe and have a class-leading consumer brand.
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
Associate Student Accommodation Advisory
Cushman & Wakefield
David Feeney, Associate, is Cushman & Wakefield’s lead for Student Accommodation Advisory services across the UK, advising universities, developers, funders, investors and operators on student accommodation development and the sector as a whole. With over six years’ experience in the sector, David has a comprehensive knowledge of the UK market, and is highly experienced in working with both university and private sector clients. He is currently working with both the Univers...more
Chief Executive Officer
Higher London
Jane Glanville has been the chief executive officer for London Higher since April 2002.  London Higher brings together institutions based in London to identify the opportunities and address the challenges of working in London.  It is a regional membership body with over 40 publicly funded member universities and higher education colleges that are based in London. London Higher also works with a small but growing number of partners – including universities from outside the c...more
Managing Director and Head of Europe
Harrison Street Capital
Daniel Gorzawski is Managing Director and Head of Europe, based in London. He oversees sourcing and management of investments and relationships with operating and development partners and is Portfolio Manager of Harrison Street Real Estate Capital’s Europe Fund. Prior to joining Harrison Street, Mr. Gorzawski was Managing Director Investments at AIG Global Real Estate, where he was responsible for the origination and structuring of debt and equity transactions in Europe including...more
External Relations and Student Wellbeing
Before joining GSA in early 2015, Bobbi worked in Universities and education-focussed start-ups across the UK and in Dubai specialising in fair access, international recruitment and marketing. Bobbi is a pioneer with unparalleled passion coupled with a can-do attitude. Through research, experience and partnerships, Bobbi is determined to demonstrate that Student Wellbeing can and must be a factor for consideration in any higher education focussed business. Bobbi holds a Bachelors degree in...more
Property Director
Unite Students
Nick heads up the Groups property business and is responsible for all aspects of Unite’s real estate activities including development, estates, asset management and investment. He joined Unite in 2007 and has held a number of senior roles within the business primarily in property development. Nick sits on the Unite Students Executive Committee and is also a member of the BPF Student Accommodation Committee.
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
Founder & CEO
Student Crowd
Paul is the founder and CEO at StudentCrowd - the online review community for students - think TripAdvisor® for university life. StudentCrowd has grown from zero to 1,000,000+ unique users in just 3 years. Paul’s passion is for helping students to make the best decisions; before, during and after university. He recently became a member of the Higher Education Commission - House of Lords as he seeks to shape Higher Education at a policy level.
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
Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty Law
University of Westminster
Dr Paresh Kathrani is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Westminster Law School in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Westminster. He researches artificial intelligence, robotics and the law, with a particular emphasis on AI in legal education and practice, and has convened many panel discussions between roboticists, ethicists and lawyers. He has been invited to talk to lawyers at professional events, and has written on the changes that are likely to occur in the legal p...more
Director, Accommodation Catering and Events (ACE)
University of Edinburgh
Director, Accommodation Catering and Events (ACE), University of Edinburgh – since September 2003 ACE is self-funding part of the University responsible for housing nearly 10,000 students. Our property portfolio is largely a mix of owned and properties on long lease. As Director, my role is to define, develop, implement and drive the University’s strategy for the provision of accommodation (including Residence Life) for students, catering facilities for students and sta...more
Commercial 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
Commercial 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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chief financial officer
University of London
Managing Director
MPC Micro Living Development GmbH
Rainer Nonnengässer (born 1963) is a Managing Director at MPC Micro Living Development GmbH,  a subsidiary of MPC Capital, Hamburg based Investment and Asset Manager. Since 2014 MPC Capital is developing Micro Living-Apartments for students, young professionals and commuters under the brand STAYTOO. He has more than 20 years experience in the real estate and financial industry. After working at the investment company Union Investment, the trained banker held various manageme...more
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
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
Structured Property Finance
Hayley has c.15 years of experience in Property Finance, and since joining Investec in 2012, has enjoyed much success in loan origination across a broad spectrum of asset classes. Notable deals include a £120m student accommodation debt package for ThreeSixty Developments;  £100m+ finance to Kier Group for the development of Trade Counters, Office and Student Accommodation assets, and £30m to Savills PRFII for change of use and residential developments. &nbs...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 and Academic Services
University of Greenwich
Director of Student and Academic Services
University of Greenwich
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
Sustainability Behaviour Change Officer
University of London
Masa has been working on different sustainability projects focussing on waste management, biodegradable plastic, water pollution, and sustainable transport over the past five years. She is currently managing the Reduce the Juice project in Universities across the UK. She firmly believes in leading by example and is currently transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle. In her free time Masa likes to run, ski and do design work for friends and family.
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
Chief Executive Officer
The Nido Collection
Brian has more than 12 years’ experience in the student accommodation and PRS markets across the UK and Europe, where he’s been responsible for the development and management of over 20,000 beds. Brian was recently appointed Chief Executive of The Nido Collection - part of Round Hill Capital’s student accommodation investment portfolio.  
Vision Modular Systems
A qualified engineer, but spent much of my earlier career working in IT and management consultancy, before getting involved in the offsite sector in 2005. This initial involvement was in the review of a light gauge steel panellised systems, (Fusion Building Systems) following which I assumed the role of Managing Director. There followed a period of growth including the acquisition of a UK based competitor (Framing Solutions based in Derbyshire) before the business was sold to an outsid...more
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Managing Director
CRM Students
Executive Director
Jo has worked in the property in the property industry for 25 years and is an established adviser, leading valuer and commentator in the student accommodation sector.  Jo founded CBRE’s student accommodation team in 2010 which has now become an established centre of excellence in London with an established group of 9 valuers, 2 dedicated analysts and collaborations with other UK and European offices.  Jo’s clients in the sector include some of the largest owners and o...more
Director of Student Plus
Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world and is a UK top ten research-intensive university. As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s combines excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos. As Director of Student Plus, Caroline leads a diverse portfolio of business units comprising of Student and Staff Accommodation, Campus Food and Drink, Childcare, Eventus, Culture and Arts, Queen's Sport and the Students' U...more
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