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!

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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Greg White

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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Sabrina Courts
Operations & Executive Portfolio Manager

Looking after clients with large portfolios means that Sabrina's extensive expertise in the student accommodation market is always put to good use. She also leads the Ops team. Sabrina is a proud Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

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Sharon Frost

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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Aaron Kurtis
Regional & Executive Portfolio Manager

Aaron has more than 10 years' valuable experience working in student accommodation. He looks after clients who have large portfolios. He also makes sure that each branch is keeping their tenants happy. But more importantly, he's met Duncan from Blue!

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Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben is the longest serving member of the purple frog team 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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Shaun Knight
Branch Manager - Birmingham

Shaun has been a stalwart of the company for several years. His knowledge of the student letting market is extensive. 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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Becki Pass
Branch Manager - Nottingham

Becki heads the team in our Nottingham office, making sure our clients and tenants in the city are happy. 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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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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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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James Mason
Marketing Manager

James has a wealth of experience in marketing which he uses to ensure the properties we advertise are seen by as many people as possible. James' proudest moment is when he won £1.000 in a radio competition in which he had to perform comedy stand-up routines on live radio!

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Nadine Bevis
Operations Team Leader

Nadine is here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily. If she won a million pounds she would buy a house for a homeless person. Which is lovely.

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Reece Jones
Operations Team Leader

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Operations Administrator

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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Jo Patmore
Student Blogger

Jo is a 20 year old third year student studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. She is a keen performer involved with many of the drama societies at uni. After graduating she hopes to attend drama school and train to become an Actor.

Bethan Evans
Student Blogger

Bethan is a second year Psychology student at the University of Birmingham. She’s also a part-time Lifeguard and Student Ambassador for her department. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising, playing netball and badminton.

Laura Hainey
Student Blogger

Laura is a Second Year History student at the University of Nottingham and is originally from Manchester. When she’s not at uni, she likes socialising, going to the gym and cooking for her housemates, their favourites are her triple chocolate brownies.

Olivia Vaughan
Credit Control and Deposit Return Administrator

Olivia helps manage the money coming into the business, as well as ensuring students receive their deposits in good time. She is the office diva. Her unique interpretation of Happy Birthday is a heady mix of Streisand, Monroe and Minnelli. In fact it has been known to reduce the lucky recipient to tears. Of joy, obviously.

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Lauren Fardell
Lettings Negotiator

As a dancer, Lauren understands dedication, passion, poise and hard work. These are things she also brings to her role at Purple Frog. That's why she loves that moment when you say 'Yes. This student house is perfect for us'. What she hates is, just because she can dance, the marketing team keep making references to the film Dirty Dancing. After all, she's like the wind.

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Zita Goldie
Property Manager

Zita has travelled along way to arrive at Purple Frog. She's originally from South Africa and has spent 15 years working in real estate in Spain. Now she's here in exotic Nottingham, she's helping tenants and landlords ensure their houses are on point. Totally unrelated, but if she was trapped in an elevator, she'd want to be stuck with Barrack Obama, as he's "inspiring and HOT, HOT, HOT". Watch out Michelle, you've got competition.

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Leah Wyre

Leah is here to help tenants with their paperwork and to answer questions about their tenancies. Her biggest achievement is going to be hard to beat. She represented the country as part of a dance team, competing against dancers from all over the world. Not only that, but the team won, making them world champions!

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Chloe Yelland
Lettings Negotiator

If you're a student asking 'where will I find a great place to live off campus?' Chloe is here to help you answer that question. She studied archaeology at university, so we're all digging up every Indiana Jones reference we can unearth. All in the hope she'll tell us 'This belongs in a museum'.

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Jordan Turner
Lettings Negotiator

If you're looking for someone friendly and thorough to help you find the right student home, and who can also speak basic Yoruba then meet Jordan. Before you reach for Google, that's the official language of Nigeria. As well as his language skills, Jordan can run a long way. He's run the London Marathon twice.

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Abbie Costa
Accounts Adminstrator

Abbie helps tenants with questions about their rent, making sure they can stay on top of payments and don't slip into arrears. She lived in sunny Torquay for 19 years, before deciding to tear herself away from all the amazing beaches to move to the equally lovely Midlands.

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Courtney Facey
Accounts Administrator

Courtney is one of our Sage sages, making sure our accounts records are up to date. Her bravest moment was going to army camp at age 14. As well as having to do the whole being screamed as and 'getting down and giving them 20', her wow moment was completing the military assault course, including the huge wall.

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Josh Brighton
Property Manager

Something gone wrong in your student house? Josh is here to make sure it's sorted. He brings a smile along with a solution. Josh grew up in Spain between the ages of 10 and 14. That means when you see him say 'Hola' and he'll know what you're saying.

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Marni Cosby
Property Manager

Marni's here to make anything broken in your student house whole again. She's come a long way to do this for you. She moved to Birmingham from Milton Keynes. Well, to be exact, from Leighton Buzzard, but apparently no one's ever heard of that town.

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Michael Boyce
Lettings Assistant

You will meet Michael when you come to our Selly Oak office to book viewings (and hear him on the phone). He's also, rather aptly, a purple belt in Aikedo. That's the modern martial art of kicking ass but very gently.

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