Housemates appoints new board member

Hailed as a ‘veteran’ in the industry, Housemates’ new boardroom team member aims to see rapid growth trajectory for the company.  

David Tymms has joined Housemates as its new boardroom team member | PBSA News
David Tymms has joined Housemates as its new boardroom team member.

Housemates has recently appointed David Tymms to its boardroom team. Carrying over 25 years’ experience in the sector, David is now an independent non-executive director at the instant booking student accommodation marketplace.  

After initially working as Chief Operating Officer at IQ Student Accommodation, he later became Commercial Director and Strategic Advisor during a 15 year spell.   

In 2020 iQ Student Accommodation was sold to Blackstone for £4.66bn, which remains the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.  

“The Housemates platform is a proven model that is now engaging in a rapid growth trajectory. I’m looking forward to working with Lydia and the rest of the board, sharing insights and ultimately helping the company to realise its massive potential.”  

David Tymms, Boardroom Member, Housemates

David also previously worked as Head of Student Accommodation Services at the University of Central Lancashire and as Director of Residential Services at the London School of Economics.   

He also chaired the influential British Property Federation Student Accommodation Committee from 2015 to 2022.  

Now, David will be the newest member in Housemate’s boardroom team, which is led by Chief Executive Lydia Jones.  

“Housemates operates in a rapidly growing sector and has quickly established itself as a leader. With David coming on board we are confident that we can execute our global vision, which is to connect, through technology and data, the student housing ecosystem and all its stakeholders. His wealth of experience in the student accommodation industry is almost unrivalled and we’re delighted that he is joining us on our journey.”

Lydia Jones, CEO, Housemates

Housemates’ platform is now used by students from over 20 countries and lists over 1.2 million beds across the UK, Ireland and Australia.