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Meet the core team

Rennie Schafer


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 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.

Bryony Pearson

Administration Officer

Bryony Pearson - Administration Officer

Bryony is the Administration Officer at the Self Storage Association UK, and joined in April 2014 as the Membership Services Officer, before transferring into her current role in March 2019. 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.

Hannah Speed

Membership Services Officer

Hannah Speed - Membership Services Officer

Hannah Speed - Membership Services Officer

Hannah is the new Membership Services Officer at the Self Storage Association UK and joined in April 2019. After leaving school she jumped straight into work, working in different sectors such as lettings, transport and sales, all being very customer focused.  Building customer relationships is very important to Hannah to ensure we provide the best ‘member journey’.  She is most looking forward to getting out and about meeting new members, learning more about the industry and maintaining communications with existing members.

Hannah is currently working on an exciting project of moving into her first home so she’s enjoying decorating and making a house a home!  She loves to spend time outdoors with her dog and partner, whilst keeping busy at the weekends learning more about fashion, travel and culture.

Board Members

Stuart Beavers


Stuart Beavers - Chairman

Stuart has over 14 years’ experience in the Self Storage industry. He has been at Safestore Ltd as Head of Retail Services since September 2001 where he has seen the growth of the company from just 24 stores to over 120. Previously Stuart worked in a similar position for Pets at Home the pet superstore chain where he spent 10 years, joining when it was Pet City with just 16 stores. Stuart joined the Board in June 2015 and became Chairman in 2020.

Rory Windham


Rory Windham - Treasurer

Rory has 15 years’ experience in the self storage industry and has been in his current role of Operations Director of 1st Storage Centres Ltd for the last 10 years. Previously, Rory worked for Aardvark, which was the largest independently owned self storage company in the UK before it was sold onto Mentmore plc. who operated Spaces Personal Storage. Rory stayed with the company through the move, and for a further two years, before it was sold to Safestore, who Rory briefly worked for before joining Norman and setting up 1st Storage Centres Ltd. Rory joined the Board of Directors in June 2015.

Mike Wilson

Board Member

Mike Wilson - Board Member

Mike has over eight years experience in the self storage industry, and is co-founder of recently opened SureStore Storage, having previously being CEO of North-West based Smart Storage. Mike also has spent the last 15 years in senior board positions in a number of sectors, giving him widespread corporate governance experience in delivering goals in an effective manner. Mike joined the Board in June 2015.

John Trotman

Board Member

John Trotman - Board Member

John is a Chartered Accountant having trained with Deloitte LLP, where he specialised in the real estate sector and self storage. On leaving Deloitte in 2005, he worked for a subsidiary of the Kajima Corporation. John joined Big Yellow as Chief Financial Officer in June 2007. He joined the Board of Directors of the Self Storage Association in June 2014.

Paul Fahey

Board Member

Paul Fahey - Board Member

Paul Fahey has 15 years of experience in the self storage industry, with his first position as Shareholder and Director of Rent-a-Space Ltd in 1999. Paul has established four different small self storage businesses, two of which he has since sold and two which he still operates. He is also a Chairman and Shareholder of an Italian portfolio and the SSA representative on the FEDESSA board, having been a Director of FEDESSA since it was established 10 years ago. Paul was previously on the SSA UK board, and held the post of Chairman for 3 years.  Paul joined the Board for a second stint in June 2014.

Duncan Bell

Board Member

Duncan Bell - Board Member

Duncan has been the UK Market Manager for Shurgard since 2009. He is responsible for all operational matters in the UK and the delivery of Shurgard European-wide initiatives. Duncan joined the board in July 2016. 

Sara Brennan

Board Member

Sara Brennan - Board Member

Sara has an engineering background and 10 years experience in the planning, design, construction and operation of self storage facilities.  She is a partner in Storage Geeks in Chertsey, Selfstore London in central London and Storage Future.  Sara joined the Board of Directors in June 2019 and looks forward to contributing to the future of the Association and its members.

Chris Bryan

Board Member

Chris Bryan - Board Member

Chris has worked within the self storage industry for 7 years. Chris’s role entails managing a diverse private property portfolio; part of which includes blue self storage (previously known as Cardiff Self Storage) - a container self storage operation based in Cardiff. Joining the board in June 2019, Chris is looking forward to representing an ever growing number of good quality independent container operators

Edward Howard

Board Member

Edward Howard - Board Member

Edward started his first business buying and selling personalised car numbers from his bedroom when he was just fifteen years old. After many years working in property, he was inspired to join the self storage industry after visiting the FEDESSA conference in 2006. In 2007 he founded self storage operator MegaStorage in Cambridge and in 2012 he acquired Premier Self Storage in Mansfield. InverStore in Greenock became his third facility in 2017.

Dave Davies

Board Member

Dave Davies - Board Member

Dave is an accomplished self storage professional with over 18 years experience in the industry.  He spent 17 years at executive board level at Safestore joining at 15 stores and 40 employees. As a member of the Management Buy Out Team in 2004 and the IPO Team in 2008 he played a major role in the companies success and its growth to a FTSE 250 company with over 580 employees, 134 stores and revenues of £112m and EBITDA of £64m. Dave was also Managing Director of Space Maker Self Storage (12 stores) for 6 years before Safestore acquired it in 2016.  

He is passionate about self storage, the people who work in it and the customers who use it and believes the key to a successful self storage business are the people. 

His unique set of knowledge, skills and practical hands on experience has proved invaluable to many businesses in the self storage sector.

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