Meet the team

Housing Hub Leeds - info@unipol.org.uk

George Ellis

George Ellis

Housing Hub Assistant  

I am part of a team of Hub Assistants that work hard to provide essential information to new and current students about accommodation and housing queries. As a Housing Hub Assistant part of my job is promoting the Unipol code to students and perspective landlords, showing the benefits it brings to the student housing market. 
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and travelling to various European cities.
George  Hattersley

George Hattersley

Housing Hub Assistant - I work as part of a team, with other Hub Assistants to assist students and landlords with queries regarding accommodation, as well as directing more specific queries to relevant departments. I'm a second year Music Production student. In my spare time, I love being out in nature but also writing and producing music as well as playing with my band.

Katie Powdrill

Katie Powdrill

Housing Hub Assistant Leeds

My role is to assist with any queries student may have about house huntingand guide them in the right direction.

I'm passionate about helping all students have the best experience at Uni.

I am a third year music student. I sing and write songs.  In my spare time I lover exploring new places. I would say I am caring and always up for a laugh.  I am determined to make my final year at Uni count.

 

Housing Hub Bradford - info@unipol.org.uk

Maud  Mabhara

Maud Mabhara

I’m here to assist students and landlords with housing queries. I strive to ensure students are well informed about housing and try to make it as stress free as I can. I’m a First year student studying Chemical Engineering at Bradford University. I enjoy spicy food, music, books and play for the universities basketball and netball teams in my free-time.

Jo MacNaughton

Jo MacNaughton

Accommodation Services Officer Bradford. I run the Unipol services in Bradford and this includes assisting students to find accommodation in the private rented sector, running the Code and managing Doris Birdsall Hall. Away from work I love to travel. I like heavy metal music but I don't like spiders.     

Frances  Ogueri

Frances Ogueri

Residents' Assistant Doris Birdsall - Bradford. My job role is centred on assisting the Housing Management Officer with pastoral care of students. I ensure the building is kept clean and safe and the needs of the tenants are met. Also, I assist in organising events for the tenants. You can find me on the Ground Floor in the first block of the accommodation if you have any issues or queries.  I am currently in my third year studying Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Science and forensics in University of Bradford.

Taylor Wells

Taylor Wells

Residents' Assistant Doris Birdsall

I am starting my first year of a performing arts course.  It is also my first time as a Residents' Assistant and I am looking forward to meeting you all and working for you.  

I a film/tv buff and enjoy spending times with friends and family.

Housing Hub Nottingham - info@unipol.org.uk

Tendai Muzambi

Tendai Muzambi

Residents' Assistant Norwich Union House

My role is to ensure that you have a comfortable stay at Norwich Union House, to deal with any issues you have or simply to answer any questions you may have about your accommodation.

I am currently studying Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University.

I enjoy going to the gym.

I am always smiling so do smile at me when you see me aournd the building or campus

Hollie O'Connor

Hollie O'Connor

Nottingham Services Manager. I manage the Nottingham Service.  I liaise with landlords and students, ensuring that they have a good experience when letting or renting houses and dealing with problems they may have. I was the President of the Student Union at the University of Derby. I enjoy cooking and walking in the Peak District.  

Shivani Patel

Shivani Patel

Housing Hub Assistant Nottingham. I'm here to help you find and maintain a perfect home for the duration of your time at University here in Nottingham.  I am currently a first year student at Nottingham Trent University, studying BA Media.  In my spare time, I am a Lead Dance Coach in my home town, and I enjoy movie nights with my amazing flat mates almost every night!

Charlotte Roch

Charlotte Roch

My role is to work with landlords to bring quality homes to Unipol for the students of Nottingham to enjoy during their time in Nottingham.

I love eating out and planning my next holiday somewhere new.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

Senior Housing Management Officer Nottingham. I am originally from Leeds and studied film and television at Staffordshire University. I'm a season ticket holder for Nottingham Forest and enjoying running, however I don't like being too hot - two things that don't always go hand in hand.  

Housing Management Leeds - Housing@unipol.org.uk

Nathan Apps

Nathan Apps

Residents Assistant Mill Street

My role at Unipol is to ensure that residents have the best experience they can whilst living at One Mill Street! I am a second year Popular Music student, studying and Leeds College Of Music. I love gigging with the bands I'm in, and going to as many gigs as I can in Leeds!

 

Hannah Blades

Hannah Blades

Residents' Assistant Mill Street

As a resident assistant I help students with any queries they have as well as reporting to my Housing Manager about any issues/repairs.

I love music (obviously) and also love travelling the world! I’m a happy-go-lucky and a people person so I am looking forward to a fun filled, exciting first year!

 

David Bond

David Bond

Residents' Assistant Blenheim Properties

I undertake a range of duties to assist the Housing Management Officer with pastoral care of students, dealing with student's enquiries at specific times and providing out-of-hours support in emergency situations. I'm a third year architecture student at Leeds Beckett University. I like food and Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

Zoe Brown

Zoe Brown

Assistant to the Housing Team Leader.
I provide support to one of the Housing Team Leaders and assist in the forward facing customer care role the team has.  Since I had a baby in 2013, I decided to return to work part time. I enjoy working with students as the they keep the city alive with energy and ambition.   

India Button

India Button

Residents' Assistant Mill Street

I am currently studying at Leeds College of Music on the Popular Music course.

I am a singer/songwriter/pianist and am a first year student.

I am originally from a small town called Grimsby, so am loving the busy city life and all the chaos that comes with it.

Matthew  Dudley

Matthew Dudley

Housing Management Assistant

I work to maintain Unipol properties so that your experience living with us is as good as you would want it to be.
I study music production at Leeds College of Music.

Carly Genders

Carly Genders

Lettings Assistant
I work in a team to show students around Unipol's properties during House Hunting and try to make sure you have a stress free enjoyable time looking for somewhere to live.
I am a student at Leeds Beckett University studying Criminology & Psychology.
I love dogs.

Lyndsey Gregory

Lyndsey Gregory

Senior Housing Management Officer.

I manage Mill Street and New York Street. I studied Classical Literature at the University of Leeds. I enjoy cooking and visiting new restaurants, doing jigsaws and photography.

Harriet Holder

Harriet Holder

Housing Manager - Compliance and Logistics

I work within the Housing Team and verify that the necessary compliance and health and safety checks are made across Unipol's portfolio and in the Unipol offices. I help to organise the summer turnaround of properties, with family accommodation, and plenty more... In my free time I like catching up with friends and family, beer gardens, cooking, getting out and about and generally making the most of the weekend.

Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Maintenance Assistant - I carry out repairs in our properties. I went to the University of life meaning I've watched and learned off every trademan going. I can turn my hand to most things. In my spare time I enjoy going on holidays, gardening & walking.

Zoe  Myatt

Zoe Myatt

Residents' Assistant Carlton Hill

I am living and working at Carlton Hill as a Residents' Assistant.  This is my first year at Leeds Arts University doing the illustration course which I'm really excited about.

I love travelling, vodka nad doggies.  I am looking forward to a year of meeting new people and exploring Leeds.

Walter Ncube

Walter Ncube

Residents' Assistant Royal Park Road

Pauline Nisbeth

Pauline Nisbeth

Housing Management Officer

I work within the Housing Management Team, carrying out a range of duties, such as property maintenance checks, viewings, signings etc. My main interests outside of work revolve around food (mainly the eating of!) and travel, which I aim to do more of this coming year, specifically seeing more of the UK. 

Veronika Ortegel

Veronika Ortegel

Housing Manager - Operations

I am responsible for coordinating and undertaking a number of key tasks within the Unipol housing team including staffing, licensing, and partners’ relations. Away from work I enjoy hiking and travelling.

Victoria Peckitt

Victoria Peckitt

Housing Management Officer. 

I manage a mixed portfolio of properties including a small development, some shared houses and a small complex housing students with families. I studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool and Architecture at Leeds. I enjoy yoga, reading and going to gigs.  

Jessie Phillips

Jessie Phillips

Residents' Assistant Garden House

I'm here to assist the Housing Management Officer with teh pastoral support of students and general maintenance of the buildin.

In addition to this, I'm currently studying for a MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds and love to spend my spare time playing my keyboard and exploring Leeds.

Jakub Pietruszewski

Jakub Pietruszewski

Housing Team Leader.

I manage a mix of family, first year and postgraduate properties. My responsibilities also include Health and Safety for Offices and Staff, Planned Preventative Maintenance and overseeing the out-of-hours operations.

I enjoy travelling around Europe, making sure that everywhere I visit I try to collect a crayon or wooden pencil!  

Ahmed Tannira

Ahmed Tannira

Residents' Assistant Grayson Heights
I assist with supporting tenants at  Grayson Heights and ensuring their stay is pleasant and trouble free.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Housing Management Assistant

I'm doing the pop course at LCoM and I'm a massive Man City fan! 

Margaret Thompson

Margaret Thompson

Assistant to the Housing Team Leader

I provide logistical and clerical support to the Housing Team Leader and assist with the customer care role the team has.

In my time outside work I am an active member of the Friends of Dalesrail walking group,whose routes include pathways along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway.

Tony Vyse

Tony Vyse

Development Manager. I project manage full and part property refurbishments as well as offering technical advice to housing managers and tenants. In 2013 I decided to get fit and took part in a Territorial Army 3 hour assault course known as a "Tough Mudder" event for Help the Heroes.

Mat Ward

Mat Ward

Senior Housing Management Officer

I moved from Grimsby to study Philosophy at the University of Leeds and have since adopted Leeds as my home. I have over 6 years' experience working  in lettings and property maintenance in Leeds. As Maintenance Coordinator I oversee the maintenance of Unipol properties and ensure they are maintained to our high standard.  In my spare time I enjoy climbing and live music.

Robert Wignall

Robert Wignall

I am a  Residents' Assistant at Mill Street, so if you have anything you want to ask don't be afraid to ask - I'm here to help.

I'm currently studying business management at Leeds Beckett University.

In my spare time you will probably find me in the gym.

Thom Woodroff

Thom Woodroff

Housing Team Leader.

I am responsible for the purchasing of Unipol's furniture and appliances. I also arrange the routine servicing of the gas and electricity supplies as well as general health and safety inspections that take place in our properties. I manage a portfolio of family housing at Woodsley Terrace and Mount Preston Street. Outside of work my main interests are films, music and sport.

Training and Events - training@unipol.org.uk

Senior Management Team - info@unipol.org.uk

Martin  Blakey

Martin Blakey

Chief Executive. I have worked in the student accommodation area for over 20 years and have extensive experience of all kinds of student housing, from off-street to purpose-built properties. I have worked closely with HEIs, Local Authorities, Government and major suppliers to raise housing standards and widen student choice and expectations. As Chief Executive of Unipol I have helped develop a portfolio housing 3,000 students in Leeds, providing services to around 15 HEIs, accrediting just over 220,000 bed spaces and operating the main training programme for those involved in student accommodation. The mission continues.

Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown

Assistant Chief Executive-Housing Hub Services. I oversee all our Housing Hub services operations in Leeds and Bradford. This involves working closely with Unipol's stakeholders in each city to ensure we deliver the best possible service to all of our users. I am a vegetarian and enjoy live music, trekking, yoga and running. I love skiing.

Rachel Campey

Rachel Campey

Assistant Chief Executive - Housing.
I supervise the day-to-day operation of the team of Housing Management Officers. I'm involved in lettings, marketing, staffing, logistics, Health & Safety and enjoy making operational improvements to hopefully provide a better service to students. I studied English and History at Leeds Beckett (formerly Met) and in my spare time I love listening to live music as well as playing it. I also really enjoy arts and spend as much time as I can in the wonderful Yorkshire outdoors.

Liz Hodgen

Liz Hodgen

Deputy Chief Executive and Company Secretary.

I develop internal systems and services to ensure quality is maintained and improved in consumer services and housing management. I am responsible for staffing policies at Unipol and as Company Secretary, matters relating to governance. I enjoy yoga and swimming, live jazz,spicy veggie food and need an annual fix of sun.

Andrew Livesey

Andrew Livesey

Assistant Chief Executive-IT and Communications. I oversee the IT services at Unipol providing help and support to staff, students and landlords as well as hosting our own servers, websites and applications. I also produce publications along with a student designer like the tabloid. Outside of work I produce, write and draw comics and create too many pots in the kitchen trying out new recipes.

Christina Rygalska

Christina Rygalska

Director of Finance. 

I am a Chartered Accountant with 30 years experience in both the commercial sector and practice.  I have spent the last 11 years'  in the HEI sector moving to Unipol at the beginning of 2015.  I head the Finance team and am responsible for the management of Unipol's finances, working together with the Finance Manager to develop the team and financial systems and procedures to take on new challenges in a constantly changing environment.  I also work closely with the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Development Manager in reviewing future financial strategy and assessing the financial impact of future developments on the organisation.  I enjoy walking and training my Labrador, taking trips to the theatre and baking.  

Victoria Tolmie - Loverseed

Victoria Tolmie - Loverseed

Assistant Chief Executive - Standards.

My role involves improving the standard and management of student accommodation across the UK through two areas of Unipol’s activity: Unipol Training and the Unipol Codes. I'm interested in social media and digital communications and my role involves promoting the good work Unipol does through these channels.  Before joining Unipol in 2005, I was the Welfare Officer at Leeds University Union. 

Iqra Anwar

Iqra Anwar

Finance Assistant Cash Book

My main responsibility is to reconcile bank and cashbook transactions.

I have just finished an Accounting and Finance degree and would like to study for a professional qualification.

In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends.  

I enjoy seeing new places, trying new foods and keeping fit.

 

Ewa Koska

Ewa Koska

Finance Assistant - Purchase Ledger

At Unipol I try to ensure that the Purchase Ledger is accurately maintained and all the deadlines and payments terms are met. I am studying towards the ACCA and in the future I would like to become a qualified accountant.

I enjoy spending my free time with my daughter and husband.  

Paul Laing

Paul Laing

Senior Finance Officer. I control the flow of information between our Housing Team and Finance Office, ensuring contracts and sales items are managed, deposits are protected, managed owner payments are correctly reconciled and financial accounting information is accurate.My two children keep me fully occupied in spare time I have.

Joanne Ramsden

Joanne Ramsden

Finance Assistant. I manage the rent collection system, take payments over the phone, process contracts and return deposits after tenancies have ended. Away from work I have been known to do a bit of fishing and I also enjoy swimming and walking and love to holiday as much as I can.

Elizabeth  Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Finance Assistant Utilities.

I take care of all the energy bills for Unipol accommodation ensuring all charges are fair and accurate. I am a qualified CIMA management accountant and a business graduate. I like to spend my down time with my three children either on my allotment or walking Elvis the dog.

Andy Fox

Andy Fox

ICT Manager.

I'm Andy Fox and I hail from a long background in Hands on IT for many and varied organisations across the globe.

I lead of the IT team here at Unipol for all Day to Day IT, and together, we look after the entire Unipol IT Infrastructure, from our Website to the Desktop environment and everything in between.

I'm dedicated to providing an outstanding service to our organisation, for all IT opportunities.

Often heard around the Unipol offices singing the last thing I heard, from radio adverts to 70s Disco (dreadful)

 A music lover I like two kinds of music, Rock and Roll and am a really bad Guitar player and I play video games better than anyone I know.

 

 

 

Kirk Godber

Kirk Godber

Applications Developer.
I maintain and where required, upgrade Unipol’s software systems as well as the creation of new systems. In my spare time I fly model aeroplanes from RAF Acaster Malvis.

James Harrison

James Harrison

Information and Communications Officer. I ensure day to day end user support services are delivered efficiently and to a high standard. Away from work I enjoying spending time with friends, gaming, Formula One and anyting technical. 

Standards - info@unipol.org.uk

Matt Allison

Matt Allison

Unipol Codes Administrator

I am responsible for promoting, developing and administering the Unipol Codes, as well as verifying that required standards are being met.

I studied Music Technology at Leeds Beckett and outside of work you'll usually find me doing something musical, reading, or planning travels

Laura Cryer

Laura Cryer

Complaints and Code Investigator

I am responsible for all complaints under Unipol’s landlord accreditation Codes, making sure the complaints process is simple, clear and fair to both students and landlords.
I have two young children so most of my spare time is spent doing activities with them. When I do get some quiet time I love to bake, go swimming and have meals out with friends.

Simon Kemp

Simon Kemp

National Code Administrator. I administer the two National Codes that set benchmark standards for the management of student halls of residence. This entails ensuring that the National Codes website is up to date, servicing the committee that oversees the day-to-day operations of the codes and making sure that members comply with the requirements of the Code. I am also a campanologist which I do all over the country.
 
Kelly Anne Watson

Kelly Anne Watson

Delivery Officer. Hi, I’m Kelly-Anne! I recently joined Unipol after being Vice-President Welfare and Community at Leeds Beckett for two years. I'd describe myself as friendly and outgoing, and my favourite things are; glitter, live music and cheese.

As Delivery Officer I undertake a number of project-related duties such as; assisting the Housing team on Tenancy Change-Over, which means I get to work on cool stuff for students but also ensure that when they move in, everything goes as smoothly as possible. Another part of the role is, implementing the outcomes from the Family housing review and working nationally on an important piece of research called NUS/Unipol Accommodation Cost Survey, which collaborates with Universities Accommodations, The Private Housing Sector and Student Leaders from across the UK looking at affordability 

Engagement - info@unipol.org.uk

Megan Corbridge

Megan Corbridge

Publications Assistant

I am going into my first year of studying illustration at Leeds Arts Universityafter doing an art foundation course in Manchester.

I am looking forward to discovering more abotu teh culture in Leeds and immersing myself in all things arty. 

I love dogs, live music, Sheffield Wednesday and I play the steel pan.

Jodie Driver

Jodie Driver

Office Administrator and Homestay Co-ordinator. I coordinate the Homestay programme for international students who want to stay with families when they come to study in Leeds.

My role involves recruiting and advising new hosts, matching students up to appropriate families and ensuring they have a high quality and enjoyable experience during their stay.

I also help things to run smoothly in the Unipol office!

I studied Spanish and Media studies at University and in my free time I enjoy going to the gym, exploring new cities and football is a big part of my life!

 

 

Jan Hardy

Jan Hardy

Tenancy Support and Wellbeing Coordinator

I have worked within social care for over 20 years and have a strong background of providing support. I am responsible for supporting students with tenancy housing and personal issues.  I am also the housing manager for Alexander Court.  

I have two children who are grown up and a new grandson.  I studied History at UCLAN and maintain a keen interest with the possibility of further study in the future.

I love reading, writing, music, arts and carfts.  I am currently writiing a Victorian Gothic novel that can be totally absorbing.

Aimee Hart

Aimee Hart

Marketing and Engagement Coordinator.
I am responsible for Unipol's digital and social media output, raising the profile of the organisation and its values, and developing student engagement. I studied English and Linguistics at the University of Leeds and outside of work I enjoy contemporary dance, reading, live music and photography.

Amy Lawson

Amy Lawson

Marketing Co-ordinator

My main responsibility is to promote Unipol’s accreditation scheme and encourage both students and landlords to value higher housing standards.  I am an identical twin and enjoy baking and travelling in my spare time.