The Unite Group plc, the UK's largest provider of student accommodation, announces that Ross Paterson will join its Board as a Non-Executive Director, with effect from today.

Ross Paterson is a member of the Board of Stagecoach Group plc with responsibility for finance, technology and compliance. He has extensive experience of managing finance in complex operational environments. Ross is currently Finance Director and has also previously held the role of Company Secretary.

In addition, he is a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair of Virgin Rail Group Holdings Limited, and a member of the Business Policy Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Phil White, Chair of Unite, commented:

“Ross brings a wealth of experience to Unite’s Board gained from his many years managing finance in a complex operational business like our own. He also brings valued insight into innovation through digital as we continue to enhance our service offer for students via technology.  We look forward to welcoming him.”

Ross Paterson added:

“Unite Group has a strong track record in a fast-growing industry.  I am excited to be joining the Board of Unite as it looks to build further on its success to date.“

Other than Ross Paterson’s position as the Finance Director in Stagecoach Group plc, no further information needs to be disclosed under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rule 9.6.13R.

For further information, please contact:

Joe Lister, Chief Financial Officer             
Tel: +44 117 302 7005

Candice Macdonald, Head of Corporate Communications                         
Tel: +44 7525 592521