Touchstone appoints Helen Kings as Managing Director

Helen Kings

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 operations.

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 Partnerships.

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, Touchstone

"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 difference."

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