Speakers

We are delighted to welcome the following list of speakers to our UK Conference. However, many more will be added over the coming weeks.

 

 

 

Brian Jordan - Conference Chair
Brian is a seasoned radio presenter and has had his own radio shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT.  Often described as having “a good face for radio”, he was a regular for four seasons on 5 Live’s “You Cannot Be Serious” and presented the comedy football programme “98 French Letters” for the station.  With Nick Hancock he presented Who Ate All The Pies which was syndicated throughout the UK by EMAP On Air.  He has appeared in a variety of shows on BBC Radio 4, BBC London and Liberty Radio.    

He has spoken at and hosted events around the world and his clients include McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, Heinz, Nestle and BT.

Prior to presenting on radio he performed in a number of television programmes - including  The Bill, London’s Burning, The House of Elliot, The Punt & Dennis Show and Channel 4’s Comedy Wavelength series. 

 

Rennie Schafer – SSA UK
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.

He is a bit of a tech Geek and is currently on the Beta testing group for Google Maps and My Business. 

 

Lindsey Hemingway – Knights plc
Lindsey is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, having spent many years as a partner in private practice acting predominantly for entrepreneurs as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. 

Her work includes corporate structuring and reorganisations, business sales and acquisitions, management buy-outs, joint ventures and shareholder relationships, funding and secured lending, commercial contracts and terms and conditions of trading.

Although Lindsey works across many sectors, for many years a number of her clients have been in the flexible space sector (self storage, managed offices), enabling Lindsey to develop specialist knowledge specific to these businesses. She has also worked extensively with the SSA UK to refine the suite of standard self-storage agreements and the Manual of Advice and Procedures (MAP). She is now regarded as one of the very few experts in European Self Storage law.

Lindsey attended the London School of Economics and Political Science receiving a LLB (Hons) in English Law and French Law, and a diploma in French Law from the University of Strasbourg.

 

James John - Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP

James is a member of Rooks Rider Solicitors LLP and specialises in real estate investment, joint ventures and funding arrangements. His particular industry expertise and experience lies in key business sectors such as self-storage and other flexible space markets.

Having acted for a variety of private real estate companies, high net worth individuals and trusts, much of the work James does has an international aspect and during his career he has regularly visited the Crown Dependencies, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland.

 James’ attended his first SSA Conference in Edinburgh in 1999.

 

Hugh Murray – Bearbox

Profile to be published shortly 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Knowles – Trading Standards

Matthew joined Trading Standards in 2005 and went on to manage the Trading Standards and Financial Investigations team at Central Bedfordshire.

During his time at Central Bedfordshire he became accredited by the National Crime Agency as a Financial Investigator and the team recovered proceeds of crime for a number of prosecuting authorities such as the Police and other Local Authorities. Matthew went on to manage the Investigations Team for East Sussex Trading Standards and managed a wide range of investigations into criminal activity, such as doorstep crime and rogue trading, money laundering and the supply of illicit tobacco and counterfeit goods.

Matthew now undertakes a contract for Camden Trading Standards where his main objective is to work with stakeholders such as the SSA to target the retail and wholesale supply of counterfeit goods.

 

Sean Rovai – Trading Standards

Sean joined Trading Standards in 1986 having spent 21 years at the London Borough of Newham office before joining Tower Hamlets in January 2008, latterly as the Trading Standards Manager.

During his earlier years at Trading Standards he was a consumer safety specialist but since 2008, he has been the London Trading Standards Regional Lead on Intellectual Property Crime.

Sean is the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers representative on the UK IP Crime Group which is made up of representatives from private sector, enforcement agencies and government departments who have a role in tackling IP crime in the UK.

He is also a founder member of the National Markets Group which was a spin-off from the IP Crime Group to take a more proactive approach to tackling IP crime at markets both physical and more recently, online.

In 2014 he helped to develop the Tick Box campaign which was a joint initiative between Trading Standards and the SSA to combat the use of self-storage facilities by those dealing in illegal goods.

 

David Woodhouse, QSS Online

David was the third generation of a family removals business based in Newtown, Mid-Wales.  He spent his teen summer years working on the vans and, on leaving school, attended The University of Northumbria gaining a Business Studies qualification in Road Freight Transport and passed all examinations to become a full member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

David took over the family business in 1987 and ran it successfully until 2002 when he sold out to Fox Moving Group.  David stayed with Fox then moved to White & Co in Telford, Matt Purdie & Sons in West Lothian and, prior to taking on his QSS role, with Broughton Removals in Edinburgh.

David approached QSS to take on an auditor role in Scotland but successfully interviewed to become General Manager of QSS taking over from Chris Waymouth as he retired as Chief Executive.  David brings all of his experience to continue offering QSS services including providing an affordable audit and certification service and supporting BAR in improving the effectiveness of the inspections process.  David hopes to continue the mantra developed by Chris Waymouth where QSS offer auditing services including helpful advice and to be regarded as “the friendly face of compliance”.

 

Alasdair Lindsey, RADical

After a storage industry career that opened with sweeping the floors in a storage facility whilst at university many years ago, Alasdair moved on to working as an assistant manager and ultimately manager in facilities. At this point he aimed for a move into the software side of Self Storage and 19 years later he is still with RADical Systems as Operations Director.

 

Peter Doman, Basil Fry & Company

Profile to be published shortly