UK rental guarantor service Housing Hand has recently announced that it has appointed Andy Attewell as Key Account Manager – PBSA. Andy joins the expanding sales team at Housing Hand in a period of unprecedented growth for the business.
Andy brings with him significant experience in the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector, having previously spent nearly 17 years with Host Students.
“I am delighted to be joining the Housing Hand team, to support students seeking accommodation and PBSA providers with homes ready for occupation. PBSA has a huge role to play in meeting the UK’s student housing needs of the years ahead and I’m pleased to be able to help facilitate that going forward.”Andy Attewell, Key Account Manager – PBSA
Having been promoted from Hall Manager at Host Students in 2005 to East Midlands Regional Manager in 2008, followed by National Operations Manager in March 2012, Andy carries extensive knowledge of the student sector that will aid him in his new role at Housing Hand.
Andy was also Host Students’ representative on the ANUK/National Code Committee for accommodation owned or managed by non-educational establishments.
“As part of our growth strategy focus, PBSA is a key area for Housing Hand. We continue to see increased demand from PBSA providers and students, making now the ideal time for Andy to join our business development team. Andy brings a wealth of experience from the student accommodation sector, allowing us to offer tailored, bespoke solutions to PBSA partners, driving faster occupancy and greater security of rental income.”James Maguire, Head of Sales and Business Development, Housing Hand
Prior to joining Host Students, Andy spent 24 years in the Armed Forces. Responsible for the running of the Regimental Administration Office, he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer First Class. He has also worked as a project manager on the Farnborough Airshow and other major military exhibitions.
Andy’s appointment as Key Account Manager – PBSA is part of Housing Hand’s strategy to provide ultra-responsive services that support students to access suitable accommodation rapidly, even at short notice.
It is an approach that has proven critical in working with the accommodation supply and demand imbalance in many UK cities, both for private rental accommodation and PBSA homes.
“Following the recent student accommodation search partnership with Housemates, we continue to develop our service offering. One way we are doing so is by further enhancing our low-touch digital service for students who need help finding and securing rental accommodation. Andy joining the Housing Hand team builds on our drive to create a frictionless, speedy service for our long-standing and growing number of PBSA partners.”Graham Hayward, Chief Operating Officer, Housing Hand