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About Us

Student Accommodation Built Around You

Our company story

We're Patrick and Greg; we created Purple Frog in 2007  whilst we were studying at the University of Birmingham; we were certain we could change student accommodation for the better and provide the service that tenants and landlords deserved.

We started Purple Frog to work around students’ needs. That meant the right properties, the right opening times, arranging viewings around you and giving a proper level of service.

Everything is built around giving students what they want. And that’s how the business thrives.

Even our name was built with students in mind.

We want to attract good landlords with great property. To do this we also work to their needs and create the service they want.

Equally for PBSA owners and investors we create best service and make a real difference. We do this by working around the students and partners we serve.

By doing this we make student living easier. We tailor our service to every individual, and we strive to be the best, every single day. Find out more about our vision here.

Read the rest of Patrick and Greg's story here; you can also find out why we're called 'Purple Frog'.

 

About Us

Meet our team, a very friendly and talented bunch!

Greg White
Co-Founder

Greg is one of the founders of Purple Frog, he graduated in 2007 with a 2:2 in Computer and Electrical Engineering with Business from the University of Birmingham. Greg oversees business development across our businesses with particular focus on the development and investment side of properties in which our tenants live. Greg loves sharing our company journey, regularly speaking or being involved in university events. Often found on the ski slopes, he enjoys being active and trying to keep fit.

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Patrick Garratt
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Patrick is one of the founders of purple frog, he graduated in 2007 alongside Greg with a 2:1 in Business from the University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he was required to write and submit a business plan and decided he may as well see it through! Patrick spends time in each of our 4 offices and is often accompanied by his black lab Hugo.

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Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben has been with purple frog for over 5 years and has been running our property management team for most of that time. Before joining purple frog Ben used to work as a contractor in student properties so he's got hands on knowledge too and has experience of most maintenance issues we may come across. Outside of work Ben enjoys expanding his horizons and travelling the world, he's recently been to Russia and is also a keen linguist... ask him to show off some of his Mandarin!

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Nadine Bevis
Senior Adminstrator

Nadine started off with Purple Frog on an apprenticeship programme in customer services. After a brief hiatus, she's returned as one of our senior administrators. She's here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily.

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Sharon Frost
Accounts

Sharon looks after the finances at Purple Frog making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. Although very friendly, we wouldn't ever want Sharon chasing us for our rent!

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Claire Pace
Senior Tenancy Administrator

Claire helps our tenants to complete all their paperwork to secure their new homes. She works part time Monday-Friday 9:30-2.30. Although weighing no more than the idea of a feather herself, she has expanded the collective Purple Frog waistline with her exceedingly good cakes.

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Sara-Anne Bricknell
Senior Lettings Adviser - Birmingham

Sara is a 3rd year student at BCU studying Public Relations and has lived in a purple frog house for three years now so she is perfect to help our students find their next home! Sara is also learning Mandarin and loves practicing with our international students.

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Kerry Grayburn
Business Development Manager

Kerry has a passion for all things property and loves spending her time developing strong relationships with landlords and investors. She possesses a wealth of knowledge about property and is ready to help you make the most of your investment.

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Jack Heath
Assistant Property Manager - Birmingham

Jack is our resident fixer, he's out and about most of the day helping our tenants with all kinds of problems. If Jack is on the case you know a solution will soon be found. In his spare time Jack can be found treading the boards in local theater productions.

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Shaun Knight
Branch Manager - Nottingham

Shaun studied sport studies at the University of Worcester so he knows what it's like to be in the shoes of our tenants. He's an affable character who loves helping our tenants find the right home and keeping our landlords up to date.

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Kamila Dabrowska
Operations Team - Operations Centre

Kamila started with us as an apprentice in 2014 and has since successfully completed her course and knows everything admin in the Purple Frog office, her specialities so far are council tax, utilities and keeping on top of paperwork. We are confident that one day she'll be running the place!

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Sabrina Courts
Operations Manager - Operations Centre

Sabrina looks after the nitty gritty stuff which goes on behind the scenes, making sure everything from council tax to welcome packs and contracts are all prepared and organised correctly. Sabrina is unfortunately a Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

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Kane Simpson
Assistant Property Manager

Kane works hard to make sure that our tenants and landlords don't have to worry about maintenance issues. He's on hand to make sure that if things get broken, you know that they'll quickly get fixed. You may bump into Kane on a Saturday night in Stealth which is his favourite place to hang out in Nottingham.

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Charlie Locke
Property Maintenance - Bristol

Charlie is the youngest member of our Bristol team joined us as part of his apprenticeship course in Business Administration with City of Bristol College which he completed in 2016. He enjoys playing snooker in his down time and is quite the charmer. He will take on various roles during his course to gain an understanding of many elements of the business.

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Sam Hubbard
Junior Property Manager

Sam is local to Selly Oak so knows the area well, she loves looking after our tenants and landlords. Sam's a big dog lover so Hugo (our office dog) is always following her around. At home Sam has a very cute Border Terrier called Rossi. Sam also had hiccups every day for three years whilst at school.

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Paul Somerfield
Senior Lettings Negotiator - Birmingham

Paul attended Cheltenham University, so he understands what its like being a student trying to find the right property. He has also recently invested in a property, giving him a good knowledge and understanding of the property market. In his spare time he enjoys playing table tennis and he has a very weird fear of messy wires.

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Bilal Khan
Ledger Clerk/Credit Control

Bilal is a wiz with numbers has been with the company since May 2015. He started as an accounts apprentice - completing his accounting qualifications at the same time as working at Purple Frog. He now ensures that the accounts are in tip top order.

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Gemma Salusbury
Lettings Manager

In her spare time Gemma runs her own motivating healthy lifestyle change business so has plenty of experience in advising and building strong relationships with customers! In her spare time she performs gigs and has recently secured a role in the next Oakland Furniture advert so keep your eyes peeled for the jogger!

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Stephen Haigh
Business Development Manager - Property Sales

Stephen heads up Purple Frog’s Property Sales division across Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham and has a wealth of experience in the industry. He has a breadth of knowledge about helping first time to portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth Stephen was a Rock Star in the band Soup which was known for its West Coast psychedelic music and regularly played in the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

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Abbie Leeson
Lettings Assistant - Nottingham

Abbie is here to help students find the perfect place to live in Nottingham. Outside of work, she is an avid fan of Formula 1 and dotes on her Chihuahua Lilabelle, which she named after a Kate Moss perfume.

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Chris Whiley
Branch Manager - Birmingham

Chris joined Purple Frog after a 12 month sabbatical travelling the world. Before he went away he spent several years working in Residential Lettings, Management and Sales for a company in Birmingham City Centre. Outside of work Chris is an avid sports fan and fitness fanatic who plays hockey for a local team.

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Alex Parsons
Branch Manager - Bristol

Alex has over 5 years' experience working in Sales and Lettings; he's Bristol born and bred so he really knows his way around the city. Alex loves taking people on viewings and gets a real kick out of finding our tenants their next home.

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Emma-Leigh
Deposit Return Manager

Emma-Leigh is the lovely person who makes sure that the deposits team get your deposits are returned as quickly and smoothly as possible. In her spare time, she is busy painting lovely paintings of 'nudes with colourful hair'.

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Haroon Marshall
Accounts Administrator

Haroon is learning a lot about accounts. He's already mastered credit control, invoicing and adding new Go Cardless accounts. And he's eager to learn more! Outside the office, you can see him perform as hip hop legend H Dott. He's also pretty nifty on the Asian drums, too.

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Theresa Meally
Operations Administrator

As part of the operations team, Theresa is your first contact for all things paperworky. She’s here to help with contracts, guarantors, tenancy questions…everything! Theresa is Irish and there’s nothing she likes more than returning to the old country, stoking up the peat fire, pouring a glass of poteen and talking about the old days – she can trace her family history back to the 17th Century. If she’s not doing that, she’s watching the Kilkenny Cats thrashing their deadly rivals the Cork Rebels in the Hurling.

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Katie Doak
Lettings Advisor

If you call the office, it will probably be Katie’s friendly voice you hear first. Chatty, happy and bubblier than a bottle of warm Prosecco, she’s always happy to help! When asked about her accomplishments, she mentioned the fact she makes a cracking cuppa. Which is just another reason she's such an important member of the team.

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Bina Choudury
Letting Assistant

Looking for your prefect student place in Birmingham? Speak to Bina. She's part of the team in Selly Oak who will show you round properties, answer any questions and book in any viewings you want to make. She wins the prize for shortest person in the whole company - she has a standing height of 5'1".

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Sophie Hack
Student blogger

Sophie is a journalist and blogger currently in her final year of a Media and Communications course at Birmingham City University. She loves writing stories about Birmingham, as well as interviewing bands and writing about the things that interest students the most. In her free time, Sophie is an avid video game addict. If she’s not glued to her games console, she's teaching herself Japanese with hopes to travel to Japan one day.

Akash Nabi
Letting Negotiator

If you're looking for your new student place in Birmingham, Akash is your man. He's also training to be a gym instructor, so he can also tell you the difference between quads and glutes. Other than their relative word scores in Scrabble, of course.

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Reece Jones
Adminstrator

Reece is here to help get your tenancy sorted. He's right on it, sorting contracts, making sure your right to rent documents are OK and answering any questions you might have. He's a massive Blues fan (though not as big a fan as Sabrina) and is a semi-pro footballer, playing left midfield for Alvechurch Church FC. When he was a little boy, he dreamed of winning the world cup, but has been hindered in this dream because he's not from Brazil.

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Ben Wheatley
Student Blogger

Ben is finishing his degree in Media & Communications at Birmingham City University. He loves writing about all things music and living, always with a bit of personality thrown in. He is a radio producer and presenter, and has his own site alteritymusicuk.com, focusing exclusively on weird and wonderful music.

Hannah Fox
Letting Assistant

Hannah has worked for Purple Frog since 2014, so she knows the Selly Oak area really well and can offer help and advice to anyone who's looking for a great place to live. She has a Law Degree from BCU and is currently studying her Legal Practice Course. Outside of her academic achievements, she describes herself as having ginger-coloured eyes and is renowned for her ability to walk reeeeaaaaally slowly.

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Maisie Gould
Maintenance Assistant

Happy, smiley and friendly are three words that describe Maisie perfectly. That means she fits brilliantly into Purple Frog Selly Oak team, where she's busy putting these attributes to use, finding students their new homes from home. She also runs her own cake-making business and used to be an editor at a magazine, so you'll be sure there's no typos when she pipes on the 'Happy Birthday Grandma' frosting.

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Charlotte Mellor
Senior Letting Negotiator

Charlotte has strong experience in lettings having cut her teeth at a residential agency. She brings her charm, good humour and local knowledge with her to ensure students can find the best place to live in Bristol. Her claim to fame is that Internet Royal Kim Kardashian waved at her at Glastonbury. The festival, not in one of the many crystal healing shops you find on the town's high street.

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Ellie Jackson
Adminstrator

Ellie is here to help make the contracts and paperwork process smooth and easy. She may look little, but she's one of the toughest of the froglets. She survived a stormy weekend in Snowdonia (so a normal weekend in Snowdonia), living in a tent, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

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Sam Hewitt
Lettings Coordinator

Sam is here to make sure that students can find the right property for them. He's here to answer questions and crucially, help you book viewings so you can choose great place to live. Outside of work, Sam enjoys playing, coaching and supporting football. He holds a season ticket for Bristol City for his sins.

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Becki Pass
Senior Property Manager

Becki's here to sort out any maintenance problems with properties that tenants or landlords might report. Before joining Purple Frog she spent a year in New Zealand as head girl for two International show jumpers. This means she managed the yard and the horse, as well as making sure the riders got to the events in time...instead of horsing around.

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