Meet the core team
Rennie Schafer - CEO
Rennie is the current CEO of the Self Storage Association UK, having previously been the CEO of the Australasian Self Storage Association for over 9 years. Rennie has extensive knowledge of the self storage industry across the world, from the developing Asian markets through to the birthplace of self storage in the USA.
While with the Australasian Self Storage Association he introduced a range of simplified standard licence agreements for the different types of storage arrangements used by the industry, developed an industry marketing guide, customised self storage staff training, a workplace safety manual and demand study for the industry. He was also part of the judging panel for the self storage industry awards across Australia, NZ and Asia and has spoken at numerous self storage events around the world.
Rennie has an MBA from Deakin University as well as a Masters of Applied Science (Environmental Health) and has over 15 years experience working in industry associations. He enjoys riding his mountain bike, listening to music and swimming.
Helen Bourke - Operations Director
Helen is Operations Director at the Self Storage Association, taking up post in March 2019.
Most recently, Helen was Director of Membership Services at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, a not-for-profit, national membership organisation where she spent 8 years working across events, membership and communications. Prior to this, Helen spent 12 additional years in the education, learning and training sector and a number of years working within the corporate sector.
She is passionate about the ‘member’ journey, great customer service and communications.
Membership Services Officer
Bryony Caswell - Membership Services Officer
Bryony is the Membership Services Officer at the Self Storage Association UK, and joined in April 2014. After graduating from the University of Chester with a degree in Mathematics, Bryony worked for the Cheshire Building Society (part of the Nationwide Building Society) and Marks and Spencer before joining the Association. Bryony enjoys playing pool and spending time outside with family and friends, having previously owned horses and completed her BHS Stage 1 & 2 exams.