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Chief Executive

  • £100,000 - £125,000
  • Permanent
  • Leeds, UK
  • 17715
Unipol is seeking to appoint its next Chief Executive.  This is a hugely influential and important role for the UK student accommodation sector.

Unipol is a unique student housing charity.  Established 50 years ago, Unipol is passionate about helping students find the best housing.  We have a national profile, trusted expertise, and a reputation as a leading voice in the sector for best practice and innovation.

We provide help and assistance to students renting in the private sector, provide direct housing to students in Leeds, Nottingham and Bradford, run a number of accreditation schemes, provide national and local training and promote best practice in student housing.   Unipol has a turnover of £22.6m (2023-2024) with 81 dedicated staff members.  The work we do shapes the UK student housing sector – and with nearly 700,000 student accommodation bedspaces in operation across the UK our role is hugely significant.

After 33 years at Unipol Martin Blakey has taken the decision to step down as Chief Executive in 2023 and we are embarking on the journey to appoint a successor.  

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive of Unipol has the key leadership role in the charity and oversees the running and development of the whole organisation.  The Chief Executive has a vital role in framing the culture of the organisation and motivating staff and partners to deliver on the charity’s aspirations, including student support and assistance, student housing provision, and industry standards and best practice.

We anticipate that the incoming Chief Executive will have a proven track record in leadership roles in student housing or a related sector and will see the opportunity to lead Unipol as an extraordinary chance to influence the future of student housing provision in the UK.  The new Chief Executive will have the experience and ability to inspire, lead, manage, and develop a team ranging from senior management to operational professionals, and will demonstrate passion for Unipol’s values. 

The role offers a unique and compelling opportunity to take up a senior leadership role within an organisation that is hugely influential at a national level.   The candidate brochure can be viewed at here.

For a briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( / 07976125010) and James Gregory ( / 07966827391) at MRG.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to and 

Closing date for applications is Sunday 12th March 2023.

Interviews will take place at the Unipol headquarters in Leeds on 25th and 26th April 2023.

Unipol, the University of Leeds and the other universities and partner organisations are multi-cultural communities, which value diversity.  We are seeking a diverse field of applicants.

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