Stephen Talboys has been appointed director of estates at Salford University.
He will take up the position on Monday 29 April and replaces interim director of estates Keith Beal, who is due to leave the university in May.
Talboys is currently co-owner of property service business, Morphe, which provides management consultancy to the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Prior to establishing Morphe in 2011, he worked as director of regeneration for Bradford's Urban Regeneration Company with full responsibility for the £2bn master planning and development plan for the regeneration of the city centre.
He has more than 15 years' experience across a diverse range of strategic roles including asset management, overall estates management covering large-scale capital and operation budgets, master planning, securing public and private sector funding and co-investing.
He also has experience of planning and development management and proven skills in building commercial revenue streams through joint ventures and forging effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Former positions include that of project director for Tees Valley Regeneration, delivering two high-level regeneration projects as part of a multi-agency team and as general manager for British Waterways, where he worked for seven years.
During his role at British Waterways, Talboys spearheaded a major transformation programme to improve performance, customer service, systems and culture through a national re-organisation of the group.
Martin Hall, vice-chancellor of Salford University, said: "It's a pleasure to welcome Stephen to our university.
"He is joining us at an exciting time, during which we will see continuing and significant improvements to our campus, and to the facilities we have for our students and colleagues."