The people leading the iQ team

iQ has a strong operational management team

The iQ leadership team brings significant combined experience across the real estate, student accommodation, hospitality and leisure sectors.

With headquarters in London and Manchester, our management team leads a 584-strong workforce, empowered to contribute to the success of the business through locally based decision making. Operating an open culture is important to our management team, and we encourage employees to share their views with us.

Rob Roger

Rob Roger

Chief Executive Officer

Rob has been Chief Executive Officer at iQ since June 2016. Prior to this, Rob was the CEO of Spire Healthcare for five years, having previously held the position of CFO for the company since 2007 and was successful in floating the company as a FTSE 250 PLC in April 2014. In addition, Rob held the role of CFO at Tussauds Group for nine years, leading the company’s sale to Merlin Entertainment PLC. Rob is a Chartered Accountant, with substantial experience in strategy, finance, operations and business development.

Iliya Blazic

Iliya Blazic

Chief Investment Officer

Iliya joined iQ as Managing Director in 2015, before being appointed CIO in 2017. Iliya was a key leadership figure in the merger with Prodigy Living in 2016 and has built a highly experienced property investment and development team that continues to grow the iQ portfolio. Iliya has over 20 years’ experience in the commercial and residential real estate sectors, having previously been in The Wellcome Trust investment team and at LaSalle Investment Management prior to that. Iliya qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Jones Lang LaSalle.

Stephen Leung

Stephen Leung

Chief Financial Officer

Formerly Director of Corporate Finance and Treasury at Land Securities Group PLC, a FTSE100 company and the UK’s largest REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), Stephen joined iQ as CFO in 2015. Stephen has more than 15 years’ commercial property experience, and is also a fellow of The Association of Corporate Treasurers. Stephen qualified as ACA with Deloitte.

Matt Merrick

Matt Merrick

Chief Operating Officer

Matt joined iQ in April 2017 following twelve years with Virgin Active where he held various leadership positions including Finance Director, UK Managing Director and more recently European COO. During his time at Virgin Active, Matt led successful integrations following two major mergers and was responsible for the launch of the company’s luxury offer, The Collection. Matt brings a passion for the customer experience to iQ. He is a Chartered Accountant having previously trained with KPMG.

David Tymms

David Tymms

Commercial Director

David has been with iQ since 2008, and brings over 25 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector to the role. David is responsible for the development and nurturing of iQ’s strategic partnerships with universities across the UK. David has held senior roles at a number of UK institutions including Goldsmiths, SOAS and UCLAN and most recently as Director of Residential Services at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a founding member and current chairman of the British Property Federation’s Student Accommodation Committee.