Andrew Jones, Unite

Unite appoints Andrew Jones as non-executive director

The Unite Group has appointed Andrew Jones as a non-executive director of the company, with effect from 1 February 2013.

He has been appointed to the board as part of a succession plan to replace Stuart Beevor, currently Unite’s senior independent director, who will be stepping down from the board in May 2013 following nine years’ service.

Jones (pictured) is currently the chief executive officer of Metric Property Investments, a company that was listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2010. Previously, he was an executive director and head of retail at British Land, where he was responsible for its entire retail portfolio including responsibility for fund advisory roles in relation to specialist retail property investment funds. Jones joined British Land in July 2005 as a result of its acquisition of Pillar Property, where he was also on the main board with responsibilities for shopping centres, retail park investment and asset management.

Phil White, chairman at Unite, says: “Andrew has extensive experience of property and corporate finance, both in the quoted and unquoted sectors, providing an excellent fit with many elements of Unite’s business. His expertise will be invaluable as we seek to extend our competitive advantage in the student accommodation sector.”

Jones says: “Unite has a market leading position in the UK student accommodation sector and, following the creation of the London Student Accommodation Joint Venture, is now embarking on another period of growth. I look forward to using my knowledge of property and fund management and an in-depth understanding of consumers to support Unite in its ongoing expansion and customer focus.”

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