Unite Students appoints new Operations Director

Unite Students appoints a new Operations Director who joins from the InterContinental Hotels Group plc.

Paul Watson, Director of Central Operations, Unite Students | PBSA News
Paul Watson, Director of Central Operations, Unite Students.

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation announces it has appointed Paul Watson as Director of Central Operations.

Paul joins from his role as Director of Operations at InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG). In total, he has over 16 years of operational experience, having previously spent periods at Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Malmaison Hotels, amongst others.

“I’m delighted to have joined Unite Students and what is already an incredibly strong operations team, at an exciting time for the business. I look forward to continuing to drive excellence while ensuring the best possible experience for all our customers.”

Paul Watson, Director of Central Operations, 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. The company provides homes to 73,000 students across 180 properties in 27 leading university towns and cities. Unite Students currently partner with over 60 universities across the UK.

“Paul brings a wealth of experience in the operations space and will be an asset as we continue to drive enhancements across the business.”

Karan Khanna, Chief Customer Officer, Unite Students

Accommodation provides students with a safe and secure environment, which is 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.

Unite Group was founded in 1991 in Bristol and is an award-winning Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 250 Index.