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Unite Students announces two new appointments

26 January 2023

Unite Students announces two new roles: Asset Management Director and Group Development Director

Unite Students, the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, is pleased to announce two new appointments.

Claire Barber (pictured) has joined the business as Asset Management Director.

Claire Barber, Unite Students Asset Management Director

Claire Barber, Unite Students Asset Management Director

Claire joined earlier this month from her role as Director of Asset Management at property management and investment company, Cadogan. There she was responsible for the asset management of the company’s mixed use London Estate which is valued at almost £5bn. Prior to that, Claire was Head of Central London Retail and Meadowhall at property company British Land.

Tom Brewerton (pictured) who has been with the business for eight years, has recently been promoted to lead Unite Students’ property development team.

Tom Brewerton, Unite Students Group Development Director

Tom Brewerton, Unite Students Group Development Director

Tom, Unite Students’ Group Development Director, first joined Unite Students as Acquisitions and Development Surveyor in 2015. He oversaw the completion of two major projects in 2022 – Hayloft Point in Aldgate, London, costing £190million, and £45million Campbell House in Bristol.

Commenting on her appointment, Claire Barber said:

“I’m thrilled to join Unite Students at a very exciting time for this ambitious company. I am looking to helping to secure new opportunities in support of the company’s overall purpose of creating a Home for Success.”

Commenting on his promotion, Tom Brewerton said:

“I’m delighted to take on this broader role to drive Unite Students’ property development team forward. I’m excited to lead the delivery of Unite Students’ ambitious development pipeline while continuing to build on the great achievements over the last few years with the opening on Hayloft Point and Campbell House.”

Joe Lister, Unite Students’ Chief Financial Officer, said:

“These two positions are exciting developments for Unite Students. Claire brings important experience with her impressive background which will support the company as we continue to drive our portfolio and development strategy. Tom has a wealth of experience to lead our property development team going forward.”



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About Unite Students

Unite Students is the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) serving the country’s world-leading higher education sector. We provide homes to 70,000 students across 156 properties in 23 leading university towns and cities. We currently partner with over 60 universities across the UK.

Our people are driven by a common purpose: to provide a ‘Home for Success’ for the students who live with us. Unite Students’ accommodation is safe and secure, high quality, and affordable. Students live predominantly in en-suite study bedrooms with rents covering all bills, insurance, 24-hour security and high-speed Wi-Fi. We also achieved a five-star British Safety Council rating in our last audit.

We are committed to raising standards in the student accommodation sector for our customers, investors and employees. This is why our new Sustainability Strategy, launched in 2021, includes a commitment to become net zero carbon across our operations and developments by 2030.

Founded in 1991 in Bristol, the Unite Group is an award-winning Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit Unite Group’s corporate website or the Unite Students’ site