Student accommodation management

Our market-leading experience in student management informs our guidance on enhancing the student expereince - providing our clients with a competitive edge. 

Knowledge leadership

Collegiate AC's team includes leading industry experts in the purpose-built student accommodation sector with hands-on experience of managing over 40 student accommodation schemes in over 25 cities, and on working with over 20 colleges and universities in partnership arrangements.

As a team of industry experts in purpose-built student accommodation, we’re at the leading edge of the sector. Advising on over 500 student accommodation projects with values between £5 million and £100 million each, the team has helped pioneer many industry practices in design, systems, and operations. We’ve also successfully overseen the care of over 500 projects across the UK.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
Group Managing Director

Paul joined the team in early 2016 to support the continued development of the business. Paul’s background is in senior roles up to Board level in UK Private Banking, culminating as Managing Director for Coutts Private Bank covering Southern England and Wales.

Heriberto Cuanalo
Heriberto Cuanalo
Chief Executive Officer

Eri is a recognised expert in the development and management of high quality student accommodation schemes, with over 12 years of senior experience in the sector, and has worked on over 500 student accommodation projects.

Emily Smith
Emily Smith
Executive Assistant

Emily followed college study with client facing roles in the hospitality sector, and joined the Collegiate team in March 2015. She has now embarked on a further Business Studies qualification through the Open University. With a significant amount of client interaction, Emily’s role is key to ensuring we deliver the outstanding service clients demand.

Alan Blackmore
Alan Blackmore
Director of Residences

Alan has over 20 years experience of leading teams to deliver operational excellence, Commercially astute he has led teams across many varied disciplines. Most recently he was employed as Head of Service with Unite Students, researching the needs of their 46,000 students and seeking out innovative ways in which to exceed these.

Rob Clothier
Rob Clothier
Development & Asset Management Director

Rob has accrued more than 16 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. Starting as a quantity surveyor, responsible for ensuring high-quality builds, on time and to budget, he moved into property development. For the past eight years, he has been structuring transactions - managing the development of more than 5,000 purpose-built student accommodation beds across the country.

Rob supports clients through each stage of new projects to ensure that work meets high standards in consumer quality, branding and investment sustainability before being handed over to Collegiate’s operational team.

Lauren Hudson
Lauren Hudson
Development and Operational Support Manager

Lauren has many years of experience in the management of student accommodation residences and heads up our operational support function, providing expert knowledge to the on-site management teams, regional managers and effective liaison with service partners. Lauren and her team are accountable for driving operational excellence throughout the organisation.

Haider Farhan
Haider Farhan
Budget Contract Analyst

Haider joined Collegiate in June 2017 after graduating in Mathematics & Applied Statistics at Staffordshire University and has experience with data analysis.  Haider will be supporting the team in all areas of finance whilst studying to become a qualified accountant.

Lia Juarez
Lia Juarez
Operations Executive

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Laura Blackshaw
Laura Blackshaw
Office Coordinator

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Sam Hollex
Sam Hollex
Regional Manager – South, United Kingdom

With over 6 years’ experience working in student accommodation, Sam has a wealth of experience across the sector including mobilisation, team development, operational standards and sales and marketing, including an extended period working internationally in New Zealand. 

Ben Tweedley
Ben Tweedley
Regional Manager – Central, United Kingdom

With over 7 years’ experience within the student accommodation sector, Ben brings a record of consistently driving sales and operational excellence through first class service to tenants. Ben has a history of successfully mobilising schemes across his region, working closely with clients to deliver in a challenging market.

 Melanie Cuanalo
Melanie Cuanalo
Finance & Compliance Director

Melanie has over eight years experience in serving institutional and corporate clients in the student accommodation sector and has detailed understanding of scheme costs and processes having managed in excess of 30,000 student tenancies.

Edwin Samu
Edwin Samu
Corporate Accountant

With over 14 years experience working in Accounting and Finance across various sectors, Edwin now manages the Corporate Accounts function of Collegiate. He is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Charlotte Ellis
Charlotte Ellis
Trainee Accounts Assistant

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Adam Price
Adam Price
FP&A Manager

Adam joined the FP&A team in August 2016. Leading the FP&A team, and responsible for Accounts Payable and Receivables. Adam has extensive experience working within a variety of accounting roles, specialising in FP&A and commercial finance. The team’s responsibility is to provide accurate management information to clients whilst analysing the data. The team also prepare and produce the yearly budgets for our clients & teams.

Bryony O’Brien
Bryony O’Brien
FP&A Analyst

Bryony joined Collegiate’s growing FP&A team in late 2016, bringing 8 years of experience in finance and data analysis. The team’s responsibility is to provide accurate management information to clients whilst analysing the data. The team also prepare and produce the yearly budgets for our clients & teams.

Chelsey Banks
Chelsey Banks
FP&A Analyst Executive

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Owen King
Owen King
FP&A Analyst Executive

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Emily Barnett
Emily Barnett
Trainee Accounts Assistant

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Richard Caton
Richard Caton
Sales and Marketing Director

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Zenab Farhan
Zenab Farhan
Tactical Marketing Manager

Zenab has built up considerable experience and knowledge within the student accommodation sector. Zenab’s role involves creating and executing effective marketing strategies in order to maximize occupancy levels and maintaining competitive advantage.

Patrice Vogt
Patrice Vogt
Marketing Executive

Patrice joined Collegiate’s marketing team in 2016. With 20 years of experience in marketing communication and events management within international companies and institutions, Patrice has an accurate analyse on marketing strategies. Patrice speaks 5 languages and has worked in multilingual B2B & B2C environments. He focuses on data analysis, marketing policies and strategies.

David Gurney
David Gurney
Creative Director

After working in partnership with Collegiate since its inception, David joined the company full time in February 2017. Working with the Design and Marketing teams, David controls and develops the creative direction to ensure Collegiate remain true to our values and grow our brand in both domestic and international markets. David brings 20 agency years of experience across multiple sectors including student accommodation, hospitality and prestige brands.

Antonia Berning
Antonia Berning
Head of Media Production

Having worked in partnership with Collegiate since its inception, Antonia joined the company full-time in March 2017. Working closely with the Creative Director, Antonia leads the planning and coordination of creative output across print & digital, while also managing longer-term strategic brand projects (both online and offline) for growth and efficiency.

Philippa Colliass
Philippa Colliass
Graphic Designer

Since graduating from University in 2015 with a BA in Graphic Communication, Philippa has gained experience in many areas of Graphic design within both digital and print. As well as heading our video and new media department, her main role is to work alongside the Marketing Team to create consistent, branded collateral, as well as assisting in the development of the overall brand aesthetic.

Natasha Noel
Natasha Noel
Social & Paid Media Executive

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Yuan Dong
Yuan Dong
Digital Marketing and Sales Assistant

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Rhys Bethell
Rhys Bethell
Marketing Trainee Apprentice

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Jodie Goodall
Jodie Goodall
Marketing Trainee Apprentice

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Justin Day
Justin Day
IT Manager

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Callum Evans
Callum Evans
Technical Support Assistant

Callum is our marketing apprentice. His main role is providing admin support to the marketing team whilst working towards his qualifications.

Lucie Brownsill
Lucie Brownsill
HR Director

Lucie manages Collegiate’s Human Resources function bringing over 18 years of HR experience including global Human Resources Management.  Lucie has a BA (hons) as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.  She is now a Chartered Member of CIPD and was awarded CIPD Regional Student of the Year during her studies.

Edel Hause
Edel Hause
Trainee HR Assistant

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Jeremy Marcazzan
Jeremy Marcazzan
Operations Director Iberian Region

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Guillermo Pombo López
Guillermo Pombo López
Marketing Manager Iberian Region

Business professional with more than 8 years’ experience in strategic marketing, market studies, and sales. I have a degree in Business Administration and Management, from the Complutense University in Madrid, as well as a MBA from the Comillas Pontifical University.

Cristina G. Castillo
Cristina G. Castillo
Marketing Executive

Cristina holds a MA in Marketing and Customer Behaviour and in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer and in social media for several advertising agencies and she has managed marketing and social network campaigns for recognized brands. Before being part of the Collegiate Iberian region as a staff member of the Marketing Team, she was Marketing & Events Coordinator for BBVA.

Susana Carrero
Susana Carrero
Head of Architecture & Interior Design

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Pilar Fernandez
Pilar Fernandez
Senior Interior Designer

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Amparo Martinez-Vidal
Amparo Martinez-Vidal
Senior Architect & Interior Designer

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Advised on over 300 student schemes

The Collegiate team has experience of advising on over 500 student accommodation projects, for example appraising financial performance and optimising design, amenities, services and specification.

Managed over 30,000 student tenancies

Experience of caring for students, managing their stay and facilities, achieving lettings, and administering their tenancies and payments, informs our operations advice beyond others.

System and process innovation

Our background has involved creating and implementing a number of system development projects and process innovations which help us in particular to assist universities and operators.

10,000 student beds in development over the last two years

Over the past two years alone, Collegiate has advised on the design, specification, development and management of 10,000 market-leading new student accommodation beds currently under construction.