Laurence Brindle

Independent Non-executive Chairman
BCom, BEng(Hons), MBA

Laurence has extensive experience in funds management, finance and investment. Until 2009 he was an executive with Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC). During his 21 years with QIC he served in various senior positions including Head of Global Real Estate where he was responsible for a portfolio of $9 billion. Laurence was also a long term member of QIC’s Investment Strategy Committee. Since 2010, Laurence has been a director of Westfield Retail Trust (now Scentre Group). He provides advice to a number of investment institutions on real estate investment and funds management matters. Laurence holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Business Administration from Cass Business School, London. He is a former Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia. Laurence serves on the NSR Audit and Risk Committee and is Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Anthony Keane

Independent Non-executive Director
BSc(Maths), GradDipCorpFin

Anthony is an experienced finance and business executive with over 30 years background in corporate, institutional, business and retail banking. Prior to accepting his directorship with the Company, Anthony was most recently Head of Corporate Banking Queensland for National Australia Bank and was responsible for the bank’s relationships with large privately owned and public listed companies across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, property, professional services, technology, leisure and tourism, transport, mining and associated services. Anthony has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Finance from Swinburne. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the CEO Institute. He is a Director of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Anthony acts as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Howard Brenchley

Independent Non-executive Director

Howard has nearly 30 years’ involvement in the Australian property industry, as an analyst, investor and fund manager. Howard co-founded Property Investment Research Pty Ltd (PIR) in 1989 which during the 1990s was considered a leading researcher of both listed and unlisted property funds.

Howard is currently a non-executive director of the ASX-listed APN Property Group Limited (APD) and is also a non-executive director of APN Funds Management Limited, responsible entity for Generation Healthcare REIT and Industrial REIT. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Property Industry Foundation (Victoria) and Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s International and Capital Markets Victorian Leaders Group.

Steven Leigh

Independent Non-executive Director

Steven Leigh joined QIC Global Real Estate in 1991 and was a key member of the senior executive team that acquired and or created through development a portfolio of high quality retail and commercial assets in Australia, USA and the UK. Steven has had significant experience in the wholesale funds management business through various market cycles and conditions and has a strong background in retail, commercial and industrial property with a particular focus on shopping centre acquisitions and redevelopments.

After time as the Managing Director of Trinity Limited, and later Head of Australia for LaSalle Investment Management, Steven re-joined QIC as Managing Director QIC Global Real Estate in 2012 where he is responsible for the group’s $12bn plus property portfolio. Steven is a certified practising valuer and holds a Graduate Diploma in Project Management from the Queensland University of Technology. Steven is an associate member of the Australian Property Institute.

Andrew Catsoulis

Managing Director
LLB, GradDip Project Mgmt

Andrew is a qualified lawyer who has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Federal Court of Australia. He has had extensive experience in the fields of finance, commercial and property law during his tenure at major law firms both in Australia and overseas. He is also a qualified project manager and has considerable property development experience both within the storage industry and in broader markets. A founder of the original National Storage business, he has over 20 years of specific self-storage industry expertise including in the areas of acquisition, development, integration and operation of ‘greenfield’ and developed self-storage centres. Andrew was instrumental in the successful acquisition and integration of the original portfolio and led the company through the IPO.

Claire Fidler

Executive Director and Company Secretary
LLB (Honours) BBus - Intl Bus

Ms Fidler joined National Storage as Company Secretary in November 2015.  Ms Fidler has over 12 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law in private practice and inhouse and has also worked in corporate compliance with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Prior to joining National Storage, Ms Fidler was Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary for Rio Tinto Coal Australia.

Senior Executives

Patrick Rogers

General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer
LLB BBus – Accty

Patrick holds both legal and accounting qualifications and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He has practiced as a solicitor for over 18 years in both fields. During his time in private practice, Patrick has had significant experience in corporate, property, commercial, taxation and transactional work. In addition to private practice, Patrick held senior finance roles and was the general counsel and company secretary of the Super A-Mart Group for over eight years where he was extensively involvement in the operations of the company.  Patrick was appointed Chief Risk Officer of National Storage REIT in June 2016, in addition to his role as General Counsel and a Company Secretary of NSR.

Stuart Owen

Chief Financial Officer

Stuart joined National Storage in late 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. He has extensive experience in the energy sector in coal and gas fired power generation including the use of landfill gas and liquefied natural gas.

Stuart has held wide ranging commercial management and finance roles, including as Commercial Manager for Energy Developments Limited. Prior to this, Stuart was commercial manager on the delivery of a multi-site gas fired power generation project and micro LNG plant.

Stuart has significant experience in project financing, mergers and acquisitions and project development. He holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Certified Practising Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Makala Ffrench Castelli

General Manager - Marketing and Corporate
BBus (Marketing/E-Business), Grad Dip Arts
Makala has over ten years’ experience in corporate communications, investor relations and marketing communications. She has worked with leading companies in the urban development, property and finance industries, including one of Australia’s major investment banks. A range of roles across marketing, customer experience, corporate affairs and compliance have afforded her commercial and transactional experience in property and funds management environments. She joined National Storage pre-IPO and oversees a broad portfolio including retail marketing, business innovation and corporate affairs. Makala holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing / E-Business) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts