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Unite Students appoints new Group People Director

21 November 2023

  •  Jessica Gallop joins Unite Students from November and will sit on the executive team
  • She returns to the business, where she started her career
  • She has a wealth of experience working in the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector, most recently at Student Roost

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, today announces that it has appointed Jessica Gallop as Group People Director.

Unite Students' Jessica Gallop

Unite Students’ Jessica Gallop

Jessica joins Unite Students in November 2023, and brings a wealth of experience working in the PBSA sector. She’s spent 22 years in the industry, including starting her career at Unite Students with roles spanning customer services, operations and HR.

Jessica will become a key member of the Unite Group executive team, working alongside Joe Lister who becomes Chief Executive on 1st January 2024, Chief Financial Officer Michael Burt, and Chief Customer Officer Karan Khana. Her appointment reflects Unite Students’ commitment to being a great place to work and live.

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

“I’m delighted to welcome Jessica back to Unite Students where she began her career. It’s an exciting time for the business, which continues to go from strength to strength. We remain focused on ensuring both our customers and colleagues have the best possible experience with us – and Jessica’s appointment is an integral part of this.

“Jessica brings with her a huge amount of sector knowledge and I look forward to working closely together to ensure Unite is a great place to work.”

Jessica Gallop said:

“I’m incredibly proud to be returning to the organisation that kickstarted my career. I’m particularly excited to be joining such a focussed executive team and to work alongside committed individuals across the business. I look forward to supporting the team as we embark upon the next chapter and cement Unite Students’ position as a great place to work, with an unrivalled culture and an employer of choice for our team members.”


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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 157 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