Group company Touchstone, our UK-wide property management firm
specialising in the private rented sector, has appointed Helen
Kings as its new Managing Director.
Helen, who replaces outgoing MD John Midgley, joins Touchstone
on 3 January 2017. John will remain with the business,
providing valuable operational support, whilst stepping back from
his current role.
Helen Kings brings a wealth of commercial experience to lead the
growth of Touchstone and the Group's wider private rental
Having begun her career with Aldi as part of a graduate
management scheme, Helen went on to hold operational roles with
major retailers Somerfield and the Co-Operative. Her most recent
role was with Compass Group, a contract catering market leader,
where she progressed to become Sales Director - Strategic
Touchstone, founded in 1988, manages property for institutional
and corporate investors; from build-to-rent, retailers with
residential units above shop-level, student accommodation and
buy-to-let mortgage lenders across the UK.
Touchstone joined the Places for People Group in 2012,
significantly enhancing our presence, portfolio and expertise
within the private rental sector.
Helen Kings, incoming Managing Director,
"The importance of the private rented sector cannot be
understated, which is what makes this role so exciting. By 2025
almost a quarter of households will be living in private rented
accommodation. Tenants now rightly expect a quality product and a
professional, customer focused experience, and our clients look to
Touchstone to provide this. This is an exciting time to be involved
in the industry and I look forward to helping to make a
David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, Places for People
"The private rented sector is changing rapidly, but we continue
to innovate and shape our service to meet the expectations of our
clients and the needs of our customers. That's why Helen's
appointment is so important. Her extensive retail, service
provision and sales experience will give us a real advantage, and
provide a unique offering to our clients and customers."
21 November 2016