Michele Steel, Head of Deloitte Real Estate in the North West has joined Select Property Group as Director of Strategic Planning.

With 16 years of real estate experience, Michele will oversee the planning stages of the entire Select portfolio, which includes the Vita Student, CitySuites and Affinity Living brands in the UK and overseas.

Michele’s previous role saw her lead Deloitte’s specialist real estate team. As a Director in the Planning team, she guided clients through the planning process for some of the North West’s most significant regeneration projects including planning for over 4,000 Vita Student, CitySuites and Affinity Living units.

Talking about Michele’s appointment, CEO Mark Stott, said:

“Michele’s unparalleled knowledge and expertise of the planning landscape will be a huge asset to the business. She will be intrinsic to the future of Select’s development and it’s great to have her on board.”

Michele added:

“I’m very proud to have worked with Select since 2012 on undoubtedly their most significant development projects to date. Witnessing the growth of the business over the last four years, it was clear that there was a major opportunity for me to be part of a hugely successful and fiercely ambitious organisation.

“Select’s plans for future growth make this an extremely exciting time to join the business and I’m looking forward to helping to deliver the next stage in their success.”

Headquartered in Alderley Edge, Select Property Group is a global developer, retailer and operator of market-leading property investment brands. It was recently named top North West Company and Top Property Company to Work For in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies List 2016.

Select is currently in planning stages for all of its Manchester Affinity Living schemes. This includes 677 apartments on former BBC site, Circle Square, 506 apartments at Riverside and Riverview next to the Lowry Hotel and 694 apartments at Embankment West. This forms part of Salford Council’s Greengate Regeneration scheme and also features Select’s 280 unit CitySuites development.

After receiving planning permission in January of this year, Select is now on site and constructing 604 Vita Student units at Circle Square. This is its second Vita Student Manchester site, with its award winning 279 unit building at First Street operational since September 2014.