The Class Foundation appoints new Programme Director

The new appointment will help further strengthen the organisation's commitment to shaping the future of the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector.

Sam Bailey-Watts joins The Class Foundation as its new Programme Director | PBSA News
Sam Bailey-Watts joins The Class Foundation as its new Programme Director.

Non-profit organisation The Class Foundation has announced the appointment of Sam Bailey-Watts as Programme Director.

Sam brings a wealth of expertise to his role, having collaborated with The Class Foundation and its team in various capacities over the years. His background with the organisation includes serving as a Board Advisor and moderator/facilitator at numerous events, demonstrating his deep engagement and understanding of the industry.

With a career spanning the UK Higher Education sector and board-level positions with prominent universities and PBSA providers, Sam brings a unique perspective and meaningful insights to his new position. He is passionate about addressing the strategic and operational challenges facing the sector and is committed to delivering real value to the PBSA community.

“I am delighted to be joining The Class Foundation. Having worked with Kelly-Anne Watson and her team before, I am excited to play a more integral role in shaping the next stage of The Class’s progress.

“Student accommodation isn’t just about offering a place to live. It plays a crucial role in equipping students with the resilience and skills they need to become valued citizens

“I am eager to work alongside Frank Uffen (Co-Founder) and Kelly-anne Watson (Managing Director), and the wider team to advance our collective goals and make a meaningful impact on the PBSA sector.”

Sam Bailey-Watts, Programme Director, The Class Foundation

In his new role as Programme Director, Sam’s primary goals include collaborating with The Class Foundation community to address pressing challenges such as the sector-wide supply and demand imbalance in the UK and abroad, ensuring affordability and wellbeing in student accommodation, and advocating for policy changes to drive favorable outcomes.

He continues to work in the Higher Education sector as an independent consultant and Verifier for UK based unique student housing charity Unipol Student Homes, which runs numerous accreditation schemes and trains and promotes best practice in student housing.

The Class Foundation welcomes Sam to the team and looks forward to leveraging his expertise to drive innovation and excellence in the PBSA landscape.