Goodstone Living appoints Iliya Blazic as Chief Executive Officer

Goodstone Living is pleased to announce that it will strengthen its senior leadership team with the appointment of Iliya Blazic to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer.

Iliya will join the Executive Shareholders, Darryl Flay and Martin Bellinger, in delivering on the business’ strategy of partnering with leading institutional investors to deliver high-quality, build-to-rent residential real estate across the United Kingdom.

Iliya will be responsible for day-to-day leadership of the business and report to the Board of Directors. He shares Goodstone Living’s strategic vision for creating a ‘better way to rent’ and is passionate about delivering the next generation of UK homes in a sustainable and innovative manner.

Iliya brings more than 25 years of real estate investment and funds management experience to the role, having held senior leadership positions at IQ Student, Dominvs Group, Wellcome Trust and LaSalle Investment Management. He recently held the role of Chief Investment Officer at IQ Student where he oversaw the growth of its real estate portfolio to over 28,000 beds, resulting in the sale of the business to Blackstone Group in 2020 for £4.7 billion.

Dana Gibson, Chairman of Goodstone Living, said: “This appointment strengthens Goodstone Living’s leadership capability and accelerates the realisation of our growth ambitions. Iliya is an outstanding investment professional and leader, with a strong track record of success. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome Iliya to Goodstone Living and look forward to working together to innovate and invest for a better future.”

Darryl Flay, Co-founder and Principal of Goodstone Living, said: “We look forward to welcoming Iliya to our senior leadership team. Iliya’s extensive management and real estate experience makes him a great fit for our business, as we deliver our first projects and take advantage of market opportunities through the creation of long-term capital partnerships.”

Commenting on his appointment, Iliya said: “I am delighted to join Goodstone Living at such an exciting stage of the company’s development. I look forward to working with the Board, our capital partners, and leadership team as we deliver on our growth strategy and build our reputation as a leading build-to-rent real estate manager, developer and partner of choice across the UK.”

About Goodstone Living

Goodstone Living is a specialist real estate developer and investment manager creating a better way to rent.

The full-service platform acquires, develops and operates high quality rental housing in London and key regional cities. The business’ senior management team has over 25 years average experience in the residential sector and extensive residential development and operational expertise.

The business is focused on delivering and operating the next generation of rental housing that integrates innovation, sustainability, wellbeing, and customer experience. Goodstone Living’s ambition is to become the UK’s leading specialist manager of build-to-rent residential communities and is seeking to assemble a best-in-class portfolio by acquiring stabilised assets, developing sites, forward fundings and corporate M&A opportunities.

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