Housemates, UK. Student accommodation veteran David Tymms has joined the board at Manchester firm Housemates. David, who has more than 25 years experience in the sector, is now an independent non-executive director at the instant booking student accommodation marketplace. After initially working as chief operating officer at IQ Student Accommodation, he later became commercial director and strategic advisor during a 15-year spell. David had previously worked as head of student accommodation services at the University of Central Lancashire and as director of residential services at the London School of Economics. Looking forward to being part of Housemates’ boardroom team, led by chief executive Lydia Jones, David said: “The Housemates platform is a proven model that is now engaging in a rapid growth trajectory. I’m looking forward to working with Lydia and the rest of the board, sharing insights and ultimately helping the company to realise its massive potential.”