Paul Watson – Director of Operations

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Paul Watson – Director of Operations

04-03-2021

Paul Watson leads the development and delivery of the asset management strategy for Generation Partners.  Informing the selection of potential acquisitions, onboarding & integrating all new assets into the portfolio and managing ongoing performance across all aspects of the residential estate.

Paul started his career in student accommodation in 2004 and has extensive experience of the commercial and physical operating of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) across the UK and mainland Europe,

Paul joined PBSA provider Liberty Living at c.5,000 beds in Summer 2006, developing a strategy to grow the business through sustainable acquisition and development.  Paul led Liberty Living to become the second largest UK based PBSA owner operator with over 25,000 bed spaces in 54 residential assets, 52 UK & 2 Mainland Europe, including a portfolio of 30+ commercial units.

During that time Paul was instrumental in the sale of the business in 2014 from Brandeaux Funds to CPPIB (Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board) for £1.4Bn.

Paul left Liberty Living in September 2020 following the successful sale and transition of the business to Unite Students for c.£2Bn.

Alongside Liberty Living Paul has worked for a number of UK Higher Education Institutions, including Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and most recently University College London (UCL).

 

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