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University developer's CEO to step down

The boss of higher education developer University Partnerships Programme (UPP) has announced plans to step down.

Sean O’Shea will move from his current role as CEO to take up the position of vice-chairman from the first quarter of 2019.

UPP chief financial officer Richard Bienfait (pictured) will take over as chief executive when Mr O’Shea departs.

Mr Bienfait joined UPP in October 2016, having previously served as CEO of Affinity Water for five years from 2010.

UPP Group chairman Robert McClatchey said: “Under Sean’s leadership, UPP has successfully pursued a strategy focused on our partnership model, strengthening the group’s structure to ensure it is effective at building, operating and managing assets over the life of each concession, placing the entire portfolio on cost-effective long-term borrowing.”

The business currently has long-term partnerships with 16 UK universities, with more than 37,000 rooms under management or in construction.

UPP appointed Vinci to take on the £97m contract to design and build student accommodation at the University of Hull.

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