Sam Bailey-Watts has been appointed as the Group’s first Group Relationship Director, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Shea.
The new strategic role will see Sam drawing on his skills, expertise and experience to lead the management of UPP’s relationships with key decision-makers, senior contacts and wider stakeholders at university partnerships.
He will spearhead dialogue and engagement to inform UPP’s strategic decision-making, strengthen external relationships and ultimately enhance the quality of the Group's partnerships.
Sam will help to maintain UPP’s market-leading position and enviable track record for strong revenue performance and sector-leading rates of occupancy.
He will also support a range of initiatives and projects across UPP and work closely with colleagues in the Residential Services, Projects – and newly created Management – teams.
In taking up his new role, Sam will step down from his Group Board Director position at the end of February, however will remain a Director of all of the Group's SPVs.
Since joining UPP in 1999, Sam has played a pivotal role in many aspects of the evolution, growth and success of UPP.