National Storage employs over 450 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. He is a former Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and a former director of Westfield shopping centres in Australia. Laurence is also currently the Non-executive Chairman of the listed entity, Viva Energy REIT.

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 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, Chairman of Oncore Group Holdings Pty Ltd, and a Director of EMvision Medical Devices Ltd.

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 over 30 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 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. In 1988 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 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 APN Industria REIT (ADI) and APN Convenience Retail REIT (AQR). Until July 2017, APN Funds Management Limited was also responsible entity for Generation Healthcare REIT (GHC).

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 is responsible for the group’s $20bn plus property portfolio. Steven Steven is a non-executive director of ASX-listed company, Scentre Group Limited and is a founding member of Male Champions of Change established by the Property Council of Australia.

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 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 holds legal and international business qualifications and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Claire has over ten years’ experience in corporate and commercial law in private practice, having practiced in the litigation, resources and corporate areas of two large law firms. Prior to joining National Storage, Claire spent
four and a half years as Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary at Rio Tinto Coal Australia. During this time, in addition to providing legal services to the business, she was responsible for the corporate governance and ASX
compliance of one of Rio Tinto’s listed subsidiaries as well as managing the corporate secretarial responsibilities of approximately 60 subsidiaries within the group and providing joint venture support. 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 and is a
non-executive director of Spacer Marketplaces Pty Limited.

Stuart Owen
Chief Financial Officer

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 a 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 a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.