Student accommodation veteran David Tymms has joined the board at Manchester firm Housemates.
Mr Tymms, who has more than 25 years experience in the sector, is now an independent non-executive director at the instant booking student accommodation marketplace.
After initially working as chief operating officer at IQ Student Accommodation, he later became commercial director and strategic advisor during his 15-year spell.
In 2020 iQ Student Accommodation was sold to Blackstone for £4.66bn, which remains the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
Mr Tymms also previously worked as head of student accommodation services at the University of Central Lancashire and as director of residential services at the London School of Economics.
He also chaired the influential British Property Federation Student Accommodation Committee from 2015 to 2022.