iQ Student Accommodation today announces the appointment of Becky Worthington as CFO. Becky will serve as part of the UK operational team, reporting to CEO Rob Roger.
Becky has been a Non-Executive Director at British Land since January 2018. Alongside this, Becky held the role of Group Chief Operating Officer of Countryside Properties PLC, having previously been Chief Financial Officer from August 2015. She spent 15 years at Quintain Estates and Development PLC, first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive.
Becky succeeds Stephen Leung, who decided earlier this year that the time was right for a new challenge and has helped find his successor. He will be with iQ until early next year to ensure a smooth transition. Stephen has played a pivotal part in establishing iQ’s unique operating platform, a key differentiator for iQ and one which will help the business realise its future growth plans. During his tenure iQ has grown to a c. £4bn business, offering almost 30,000 students a home away from home.
Rob Roger, CEO of iQ, comments: “We are delighted that Becky has agreed to join iQ as CFO. Becky brings considerable operational, commercial and property experience and will be a great addition to iQ’s management team as we continue to deliver our ambitious growth plans. Becky’s appointment is testament to the growing interest in the PBSA sector and iQ’s strong position within it – as student numbers in the UK reach record highs and appetite for high quality accommodation continues to drive investment.”
Commenting on her appointment, Becky Worthington said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining iQ- not only are UK student numbers at an all-time high, but demand continues to outstrip supply, particularly for the high-quality accommodation that iQ offers. iQ is now the largest provider of PBSA in the UK by portfolio value and the business has a clear, ambitious strategy for the next stage of growth. I'm very much looking forward to joining the team.”