Jake Chalmers – YHA Executive Director of Property and Risk

Jake Chalmers

Executive Director of Property and Risk

About Jake

"I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 27 years’ experience in the property industry.

My career started in commercial property moving into specialising in acquisitions and disposals for investment funds and property companies.

In 1998, I took a career break travelling extensively using hostels across the world. On my return to the UK I joined YHA, becoming Property Director in 2007.

My department encompasses a wide range of responsibilities including: 

  • Hostel acquisitions, disposals and property management
  • Development and maintenance of the YHA network
  • Enterprise (franchise) network
  • Organisational risk management, safeguarding, health and safety, and environment

I am extremely fortunate to be a director of YHA. I work with great people who are committed to the ethos of YHA, providing opportunities for everyone to stay at inspiring hostels, meeting new people and having life developing experiences. The fantastic thing about YHA is that the more successful we are, the greater the number of people we can help to have the YHA experience."

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