People

National Storage employs over 550 people across Australia and New Zealand, fostering a culture centred on our core values of teamwork, care and excellence. We operate a highly decentralised business model with effective controls and frameworks to empower our teams, which means we place a high degree of trust in our centre staff and operations management to run each centre and region with support and oversight from Head Office. National Storage is passionate about creating positive, inclusive workplaces with a range of policies and programs designed to promote the health and wellness of our team.

We consider our team one of our greatest assets and a key factor in our success.

Board & Senior Executives

Laurence Brindle
Independent Non-executive Chairman
BCom, BE (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.

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 where he graduated with distinction.

He is a former Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and a former director of Westfield Retail Trust and Scentre Group, which owns, operates and develops Westfield shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand. Laurence is also currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the listed entity, Waypoint REIT and a Non-Executive Director of Stockland. Laurence serves on the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees and is Chairman of
the Nomination Committee.

Anthony Keane
Independent Non-executive Director
BSc(Maths), GradDipCorpFin

Anthony is an experienced finance and business executive with an extensive background in banking and business
management. Prior to accepting his directorship with National Storage, Anthony held numerous leadership roles with a major trading bank principally in business, corporate and institutional banking. He is actively involved in the business community through Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board roles, and finance advisory consultancies.

He is a Director of Queensland Symphony Orchestra Pty Ltd and ASX listed EMvision Medical Devices Ltd (EMV). 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. Anthony acts as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committees and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Howard Brenchley
Independent Non-executive Director
BEc

Howard has over 35 years’ involvement in the Australian property industry, as an analyst, investor and fund manager. He is now a professional company director and consultant to the property funds industry. Howard cofounded Property Investment Research Pty Ltd (PIR) in 1989, which during the 1990s was considered a leading researcher of both listed and unlisted property funds. In 1998 Howard was instrumental in establishing the funds
management business of APN Property Group Limited. During this period, he was responsible for the establishment and operations of a number of funds investing both directly and indirectly in real estate.

Howard was until recently a Non-Executive Director of the ASX listed APN Property Group Limited (APD) and
is currently a Non-Executive Director of APN Funds Management Limited, responsible entity for ASX listed APN Industria REIT (ADI) and APN Convenience Retail REIT (AQR). Howard is a member of the Audit and Risk Committees.

Steven Leigh
Independent Non-executive Director
Grad Dip Proj Mgmt

Steven Leigh has more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate investment management and development industry. He joined QIC Global Real Estate in 1991 and was a key member of the senior executive team that acquired and 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 was responsible for the group’s $20b plus property portfolio. Steven is a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed company, Scentre Group Limited, is a founding member of Male Champions of Change established by the Property Council of Australia and he has qualifications in real estate valuation and project management. Steven is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Andrew Catsoulis
Managing Director
LLB, GradDip Project Mgmt

A founder of the National Storage business, Andrew has over 25 years’ of specific self-storage industry expertise including in the areas of acquisitions, developments, integration and operation of ‘greenfield’ and developed self-storage centres.

Andrew is a qualified solicitor who has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland. 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.

Andrew was instrumental in the successful acquisition and integration of the original pre-existing Group portfolio and led the Company through the IPO and planned and negotiated the acquisition of the Southern Cross portfolio
in 2016. He has led the company in its growth from a single centre in 1996 to over 200 centres today and has been primarily responsible for charting its strategy over that period.

Claire Fidler
Executive Director and Company Secretary
LLB (Honours) BBus - Intl Bus GAICD FGIA

Claire was appointed an Executive Director in July 2017 and has been the principal Company Secretary of National Storage since November 2015. She was appointed Head of Legal & Governance in June 2020 and now oversees the legal, governance and risk functions of the organisation. Claire holds legal and international business qualifications
and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Claire has twenty years’ experience in corporate and commercial law, both in private practice and in-house.

She practiced in the litigation, resources, and corporate areas of two large law firms and as Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary at Rio Tinto Coal Australia, prior to joining National Storage. Claire has also worked in corporate compliance with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Claire is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Claire was also a Non-Executive Director of Spacer Marketplaces Pty Limited until May 2021.

Stuart Owen
Chief Financial Officer
BBus, CPA, GAICD

Stuart joined National Storage in late 2014, with extensive experience in the energy sector in coal and gas fired power generation. He has held wide ranging finance and commercial management 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. He has significant experience in project financing, mergers and acquisitions, and project development. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Certified Practising Accountant and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.