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Touchstone appoints Helen Kings as Managing Director

New Managing Director will focus on company growth and expansion in the private rented sector

Touchstone appoints Helen Kings as Managing Director

Helen Kings has been appointed Managing Director of Touchstone.

Helen’s career began with the prestigious graduate management scheme at Aldi, and subsequently included operational roles at major retailers Somerfield and the Co-Operative. In 2009 she moved to Compass Group, a market leader in contract catering and FM support services, where most recently she worked as Sales Director - Strategic Partnerships. She will use her extensive commercial background to support Touchstone’s bold plans for growth.

Helen takes over from John Midgley, who will remain with the business, providing valuable operational support.

Touchstone, founded in 1988, manages property for institutional and corporate investors, from build to rent; retailers with residential upper parts; student accommodation and buy-to-let mortgage lenders across the UK. Touchstone is part of the Places for People Group, one of the largest regeneration, development and property management businesses in the UK.

Commenting on her appointment, Helen Kings said:

“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, added:

“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.”

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