Board and Senior Management

  

Board of Directors and Senior Management

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    Board members

    Michael Goldberg, Chairman and Non-Executive Director

    Michael was appointed to the Board of Liberty Living as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016. Michael is an expert in global real estate investments and urban infrastructure. He has extensive board experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Surrey City Development Corporation and is a member of the B.C. Workers’ Compensation Board Investment Committee. He has a long-established career working with academic institutions. He served for two years as Chief Academic Officer, Universitas 21 Global (online graduate school). He is a Scholar in Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia; and Professor and Dean Emeritus and former Dean of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Paul Mullins, Chief Executive Officer

    Paul was appointed Chief Executive Officer and to the Board of Liberty Living in September 2017. Paul has over 20 years of experience in commercial and operational strategy, building businesses and teams and driving enhanced performance. Prior to joining Liberty Living, Paul was a Managing Director at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a Principal with Permira Advisers LLP and Partner and Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group.

    Maximilian Biagosch, Non-Executive Director

    Maximilian joined the Board of Liberty Living as CPPIB Non-Executive Director in June 2016 and Managing Director and Head of CPPIB’s Portfolio Value Creation (PVC) team. Based in London, Maximilian leads PVC’s efforts at establishing appropriate governance structures and seeking additional opportunities for generating value within investments. Prior to CPPIB, Maximilian spent over 7 years at Permira Advisers LLP, focused on private equity transactions, and was most recently responsible for the firm’s global capital markets activities. Before this, Maximilian worked as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. He is a fully qualified lawyer in Germany and holds a Masters of Law from the LMU Munich.

    Thomas Jackson, Non-Executive Director

    Thomas joined the Board of Liberty Living as a Non-Executive Director in March 2015, having led CPPIB’s acquisition of Liberty Living. His focus at Liberty Living is to assist the management team in assessing new acquisitions and leads CPPIB’s investment processes in this respect. Thomas joined CPPIB in 2011 and leads its UK real estate investment programme. He has 13 years of real estate investment and investment banking experience, having previously been Vice President in the UK and European real estate investment banking team at Macquarie Capital.

    Gary John, Non-Executive Director

    Gary was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Liberty Living in November 2015 and has extensive experience in property management and development. Gary is currently Group Property Director of Mitchells & Butlers, a role he was appointed to in November 2010. Prior to this he was Senior Vice President, International Development, Estates and Franchising with Burger King Corporation, and before that, Gary held senior property roles with Gap, Inc., Vue Entertainment and the Walt Disney Company. Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

    Tom Singer, Non-Executive Director

    Tom joined the board in October 2018 as a Non Executive Director and chairs the Audit & Risk Committee. During his career he has fulfilled senior finance and operational roles for a number of listed and private equity backed businesses in sectors as diverse as retail, gaming, healthcare, insurance and hospitality. He has extensive experience in finance, operations, risk management, capital markets and investor relations gained as Chief Financial Officer of InterContinental Hotels PLC and BUPA and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of William Hill PLC. His early career was spent in strategic consulting with McKinsey and he qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. In recent years he has developed a portfolio career working with management teams in high growth entrepreneurial businesses looking to disrupt traditional consumer industries.

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    Senior management team

    Paul Mullins, Chief Executive Officer

    Paul was appointed Chief Executive Officer and to the Board of Liberty Living in September 2017. Paul has over 20 years of experience in commercial and operational strategy, building businesses and teams and driving enhanced performance. Prior to joining Liberty Living, Paul was a Managing Director at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)a Principal with Permira Advisers LLP and Partner and Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group.

    Peter Cross, Investment Director

    Peter joined Liberty Living in 2007 and has held the role of Investment Director since 2015. He also held the position of Corporate Development Director from 2011. Previously, Peter was at Ernst & Young, having joined the company in 2000. Peter has 16 years of financial services and investment management experience and during his time with Liberty Living has worked on student accommodation transactions totalling over £2.5 billion. Peter leads a team of investment professionals focused on real estate acquisitions and disposals, developing and implementing value enhancing strategies and corporate development services. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

    Rachel Heslehurst, General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Rachel joined Liberty Living as Legal Director and Company Secretary in July 2017. She was previously senior in-house counsel at Grosvenor Group where she advised on international real estate acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and large development projects. In addition, Rachel was responsible for developing and implementing internal governance processes and procedures. Rachel has 14 years’ post qualification legal experience (England and Wales qualified), having started her career in private practice as a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills.

    Paul Watson, Operations and Sales Director

    Paul joined Liberty Living in 2006 as General Manager and was appointed as Operations and Sales Director in February 2017. He has 17 years of commercial and operations management experience in the Higher Education sector and Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) industry. Paul is responsible for sales and business development and delivering the operational strategy across the portfolio, including engagement with academic institutions and leading Liberty Living’s regional sales operations and on-site residence teams.

    Neil Davies, Property Services Director

    Neil joined Liberty Living in 2018 to provide direction for the Facilities Management and Project requirements of the Property Department with a focus on in-sourcing. Neil has over 25 years’ worldwide experience in property management and the delivery of projects. His extensive knowledge is the result of roles in the Education, Retail, Sporting and Banking sectors and a distinguished career in the Royal Engineers. Neil is also a Chartered, European and International Professional Engineer, a Fellow of CIBSE, a Fellow of IWFM and a Member of the IoD.

    Grant Robertson, IT Director

    Grant joined Liberty Living in August 2006 as IT Manager and was promoted to IT Director in 2017. Prior to that he spent 6 years as Network Manager for an online company specialising in education recruitment, prior to moving into an IT specialism, he spent 16 years as military aircrew.

    Andrew Brewer, Finance Director

    Andrew joined Liberty Living in 2003 as Financial Controller and has held the role of Finance Director since early 2017. Andrew is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, with over 20 years’ post qualification experience and leads the finance team within Liberty Living.

    Jackie Hudson, Human Resources Director

    Jackie joined Liberty Living in 2003 to create an HR function for the company and was appointed as HR Director in February 2017. Jackie is responsible for Human Resources and Learning & Development across Liberty Living. Jackie has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and previously headed HR operations at US law firm, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. Jackie is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development; a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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