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Find Your Place In The World

If you’re a student, now is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re free to discover what it is that makes you tick, try new things for the first time and, ultimately, how you want to make an impact in the world. 
You’ve settled on a course and a university/college to study at, and now need to work out where you’re going to live. 

UniLodge provides purpose build student accommodation either on campus or in close proximity to major educational institutions, including universities, colleges and TAFE, across Australia and New Zealand. With more than 80 properties under our management, we know a thing or two about student accommodation.

  • 31,000+
    Managed Beds
  • 630+
    Employed Staff
  • 105
  • 2

Our residents hail from different cultures and walks of life, and have travelled from all across the globe to study at the educational institution of their choice. We are proud to be the student accommodation provider of choice for these students and to be able to provide them with a super supportive community when they leave home – our exciting Community Spirit Program provides residents with regular community events and staff support to make new friends in a safe and inclusive environment. 

Our Team

Peter Bates

Peter Bates

Executive Chairman

Peter Bates joined UniLodge in September 2006 as the Chief Executive Officer. In July 2018, Peter was appointed the role of Executive Chairman to focus on servicing UniLodge’s key partners, growth strategies and new business initiatives.

In the decade since he joined UniLodge, with his expertise in project management, project delivery, business management and finance has seen him oversee growth of the UniLodge portfolio from 3,500 beds to over 20,000 beds under management. A civil engineer by profession, Peter graduated from the University of Queensland.

He started his career with the construction arm of Lend Lease, Civil & Civic in 1987 in Brisbane and has enjoyed a 19 year career with Lend Lease. Peter's time with Lend Lease took him to many locations in Australia and into Asia, where he spent nine years in Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai in senior management roles.

Tomas Johnsson

Tomas Johnsson

Chief Executive Officer

Tomas Johnsson joined UniLodge in September 2018 as the Chief Executive Officer. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in the tourism industry specialising in accommodation. Tomas has recently been appointed to the role of Industry Advancement Committee Chair for the Asia-Pacific Student Accommodation Association.

Prior to joining UniLodge, Tomas was the Chief Operating Officer of the Mantra Group, and was responsible for Operations, Sales, Marketing, Revenue, Distribution and Digital functions across the Group. Tomas has also held senior management roles with General Property Trust including Sheraton Four Points Darling Harbour, Ayers Rock Resort and Voyages Resorts, as well as Mirvac and Rydges Hotels.

Tomas successfully completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2016 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Webb

Chris Webb

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Webb joined UniLodge as the Chief Financial Officer in June 2018. 

Having trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, Chris has more than 20 years business experience gained in Australia and internationally across various industries including investment banking, funds management, mining and property. Chris was most recently the CFO of RetireAustralia, the largest private retirement village operator in Australia.

Chris is a strategic thinker who is passionate about developing strong teams and enabling business growth. 

Chris is a Commerce and Law graduate of the University of Queensland and a Fellow of Finsia.

Matt Row

Matt Row

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Row joined UniLodge in March 2017 and is responsible for the management of all of UniLodge’s operations in Australia & NZ.

He has over 20 years' management experience in the construction, vocational training and property industries. Prior to joining UniLodge, Matt was Chief Operating Officer for Retire Australia, the largest private retirement village owner operator in Australia. 

He has also previously held the positions of Business Services Manager for Heritage Pacific and Meridien as well as being General Manager for a large registered training organisation and group training company.

Matt is currently Vice President of the Student Accommodation Association and is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Grant Waldeck

Grant Waldeck

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Grant Waldeck joined UniLodge in September 2017 with 20 years of marketing experience with international blue chip brands such as Flight Centre, Queensland Rail, Compare the Market Australia and most recently, Domino's Pizza Indonesia - in the role of Marketing Director.

A hands-on creative thinker with expertise in social media, digital and direct marketing, PR and branding, Grant has a proven track record in bringing big ideas to life.

He has a Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Western Australia and an MBA, majoring in Marketing, from Curtin Graduate School of Business.

Vicki Nagle

Vicki Nagle

Chief Human Resources Officer

Vicki Nagle was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2019. Vicki has over 20 years’ human resources experience in hospitality, construction, manufacturing and wholesaling. Her career has taken her throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and the Maldives. 
Vicki’s passion is enabling people to achieve their career goals and drive success in the business. She is excited about the growth opportunities in her new role, and the chance to coach managers and her team to build even greater capability at UniLodge. 
Vicki is currently completing a Masters in Employment Relations. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources.

Kate Stock

Kate Stock

General Manager - Marketing

Kate Stock was appointed to the role of General Manager – Marketing for UniLodge in February 2016. Kate made the decision to focus her marketing career in the burgeoning property sector in 2007 and has never looked back. In the ensuing decade she has accumulated an extensive body of experience across some of Australia’s leading property sector brands and businesses.

She has been directly responsible for successful marketing campaigns and brand development projects for retirement villages, residential and commercial developments and, most recently, was National Marketing Manager for the PRDnationwide franchise business, owned by Colliers International. Kate has completed a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Marketing and Management from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

A well-rounded marketer, Kate’s experience spans a multitude of marketing channels and she thrives on the fast-paced student accommodation sector. 

Ranyi Bauer

Ranyi Bauer

General Manager - Finance

Ranyi Bauer was appointed to the role of General Manager – Finance in November 2015. Ranyi completed a Bachelor of Business, Accounting major and a Bachelor of Law at QUT in Brisbane. Ranyi began her career looking after a diverse range of accounting and tax clients at PricewaterhouseCoopers, becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2003. She then moved to the UK where she gained international experience in the financial services industry. Over her twelve years in London she implemented new accounting systems, transitioned a business to private equity investors and streamlined reporting processes, receiving the Most Outstanding Performance Award for her efforts. Ranyi has been leading high performing Finance teams for the last 10 years, adopting a value add and business partnering approach to all developments.