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Unite appoints Patrick Dempsey as non-exec director

Patrick Dempsey OBE is to join the Board of Unite Group as a non-executive director, with effect from 1 March 2016.

Dempsey was managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants from March 2004 until February 2015. He also sat as an executive director on the Board of Whitbread PLC, a FTSE50 company and the UK's largest hospitality company between January 2009 and February 2015. During his time with Whitbread, he oversaw the rapid growth of Premier Inn to an estate of approximately 700 hotels and 60,000 rooms. 
Including his time at Whitbread he has worked for more than 30 years in the hotel and restaurant business, and has held posts including Chief Executive of Macdonald Hotels, managing director of Forte Hotels UK and Chief Executive of Restaurant Associates, part of Compass Group plc. Patrick was also awarded an OBE in the 2012 Queen’s Honours list for his services to the hospitality industry.
Phil White, Chairman of Unite, says: “I am delighted to welcome Patrick to the Board as a Non-Executive Director. His experience and knowledge of running and growing large service orientated brands will strengthen the expertise of the board at a time when students and universities are becoming ever more demanding in their expectations of student accommodation.”
Dempsey ad ds:“Unite has a market leading position in the UK student accommodation sector, providing a home for over 46,000 students in 138 properties across 28 of the strongest university towns and cities. The parallels between the hotel sector and student accommodation are striking and I look forward to using my experience to support Unite’s ongoing expansion and the development of its brand.” 

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