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UPP CEO to Step Down

Posted by Richard Ward

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The boss of higher education developer University Partnerships Programme (UPP) has announced plans to step down.

Sean O'Shea will take up the position of vice-chairman from the first quarter of 2019, stepping down from his CEO role in the process.

UPP chief financial officer Richard Bienfait will take over the position when Mr O'Shea departs.

Mr Bienfait joined the company in October 2016, having previously acted as the CEO of Affinity Waters for five years from 2010.

Group chairman of UPP, Robert McClatchey, said: "Under Sean's leadership, UPP has successfully pursued a strategy focused on our partnership model, strengthening the group's structure to ensure it is effective at building, operating and managing assets over the life of each concession, placing the entire portfolio on cost-effective long-term borrowing."

UPP has long-term partnerships with 16 UK universities and recently appointed Vinci to take on the £97m contract to design and build student accommodation at the University of Hull.