Unite Students appoints new group people director

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has appointed Jessica Gallop as group people director.

Gallop joins Unite Students in November 2023, and brings a wealth of experience working in the PBSA sector. She has spent 22 years in the industry, including starting her career at Unite Students with roles spanning customer services, operations and HR.

Gallop will join the Unite Group executive team, working alongside Joe Lister who becomes chief executive on 1st January 2024, chief financial officer Michael Burt, and chief customer officer Karan Khana.

Said Lister, currently chief financial officer of Unite Students: 'I’m delighted to welcome Jessica back to Unite Students where she began her career.

'It’s an exciting time for the business, which continues to go from strength to strength. We remain focused on ensuring both our customers and colleagues have the best possible experience with us - and Jessica’s appointment is an integral part of this.

'Jessica brings with her a huge amount of sector knowledge and I look forward to working closely together to ensure Unite is a great place to work.'

Gallop said: 'I’m incredibly proud to be returning to the organisation that kickstarted my career. I’m particularly excited to be joining such a focussed executive team and to work alongside committed individuals across the business.

'I look forward to supporting the team as we embark upon the next chapter and cement Unite Students’ position as a great place to work, with an unrivalled culture and an employer of choice for our team members.'

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