essensys Announces Independent Non-Executive Director Board Appointments

Elizabeth Sandler and Alexandra Notay bring significant experience within real estate and financial services to essensys.
  • essensys plc, a global provider of technology services to the flexible workspace industry, has announced two new Non-Executive Board Directors.
  • Elizabeth Sandler and Alexandra Notay bring significant experience within the real estate and financial services sectors to the company.
  • essensys’ Board now comprises six members, including Jon Lee, Mark Furness, Alan Pepper and Charles Butler, in addition to Elizabeth and Alexandra.

essensys plc (AIM:ESYS), the leading global provider of mission critical software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) platforms and on-demand cloud services to the flexible workspace industry, is pleased to announce the appointments of Elizabeth Sandler and Alexandra Notay as independent Non-Executive Directors, with immediate effect.

Elizabeth and Alexandra add significant strength, depth and international experience within the real estate and financial services sectors to the essensys Board.

Elizabeth has held leadership roles in the real estate and financial services sectors for the past 25 years in New York and London, most recently as founder and CEO of Echo Juliette (a workplace investment consultancy), and before that at The Blackstone Group, Deutsche Bank, AXA Financial and A.T. Kearney. Elizabeth was Managing Director and Global COO of Blackstone’s $15bn Real Estate Debt Strategies division from 2016 to 2018, and Managing Director and Global COO of a variety of Deutsche Bank businesses including its Risk Division (2014-16), Structured Finance (2010-2014) and Commercial Real Estate (2005-2010). Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of FS KKR Capital, the NYSE-listed business development company with a $3bn market capitalisation.

Alexandra is an international real estate advisor, and recognised expert in the UK’s Build to Rent sector, with 15 years’ experience across the private, government and non-profit sectors. Since 2016 she has been Fund Director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People, overseeing a UK-wide residential strategy. Places for People Group is one of the UK’s largest property management, development, regeneration and leisure companies with c.£4.5bn of fixed assets and c.£830m turnover in 2019.

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Previously she founded and led an international consultancy business advising real estate clients such as Grainger plc, Grosvenor, MSCI and the European Investment Bank on corporate strategy, innovation and operations (2012-2017). Prior to that Alexandra was Vice President and Research Director at the Urban Land Institute (2007-2011), the global real estate non-profit research and education organisation. Alexandra is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate and serves on numerous industry committees. Alexandra holds Board positions at a range of organisations within the property sector, including the Creative Land Trust, Sound Diplomacy and LandAid South West.

On appointment, Elizabeth will become Chair of essensys’ Remuneration Committee whilst Alexandra will become a member of both of essensys’ Audit and Remuneration Committees. essensys’ Board now comprises six members, including independent Non-Executive Chairman Jon Lee, Founder & CEO Mark Furness, CFO Alan Pepper and independent Non-Executive Director Charles Butler, in addition to Elizabeth and Alexandra.

essensys’ Chairman Jon Lee said: “We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Sandler and Alexandra Notay to essensys’ Board. Their know-how and experience on a global scale in the real estate market will be of enormous value to essensys as we drive forward our plans for long-term organic growth and international expansion.

“As announced at the end of 2019, we have enjoyed strong momentum with new and existing customers since our listing on the London Stock Exchange (AIM). The flexible workspace market presents us with exciting opportunities, and we look ahead with excitement and confidence to the next phase in our evolution with the support of a strengthened Board.”

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