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NHS Property Services CEO moves to UPP

University Partnerships Programme (UPP), a provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure in the UK has announced the appointment of Elaine Hewitt as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Hewitt joins UPP from NHS Property Services where she has been Chief Executive Officer since 2015 and was responsible for managing and servicing a £3 billion asset portfolio, some 4,000 properties, 5,000 employees and an annual income of more than £700 million.

Prior to this, Hewitt held the position of Group Property Director at BT Group where she managed the largest corporate portfolio in the UK, delivering services to 7,000 properties globally. As well as having considerable private sector experience, she has also held public sector roles, notably Crown Representative in the Cabinet Office for Property and Facilities Management across Government.

Hewitt will join the business on 1 April 2020, succeeding current CEO Richard Bienfait, who is departing UPP to take up the role of Chief Financial Officer at international construction and consulting company, Mace.

Commenting on the appointment Robert McClatchey, Chairman of UPP Group Holdings said: “Elaine’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer comes at an important moment for the company and the wider student accommodation sector. In an increasingly competitive market where affordability and quality are high on the agenda, not just for students but also for regulators of higher education, her considerable experience and expertise in delivering facilities and property services will reinforce UPP’s position as the leading on-campus accommodation provider. I look forward to working with Elaine to continue to drive UPP’s long-standing and successful strategic focus on the delivery of controlled, value-accretive growth.”

UPP has over 36,000 rooms in operation or under construction through long-term, bespoke partnerships with 15 world-leading universities.

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