Speakers for the 2019 Self Storage Conference and Trade Show in London
More speakers details will be added as they become available:
Keynote Speaker – Lord Stuart Rose
Sponsored by RADical Systems (UK) Ltd
Stuart Rose has spent his entire career in retail, joining Marks & Spencer plc in 1971, then moving to the Burton Group in 1989, where he became a director in 1993. In 1997 Stuart was Chief Executive of Argos plc, and when Booker plc merged with the Iceland Group in 2000, he continued within the role. He became Chief Executive of Arcadia Group plc in November 2000 and left in December 2002 following its sale to Sir Philip Green. Stuart then re-joined Marks & Spencer plc as Chief Executive in May 2004 becoming Chairman in 2008 and standing down at the end of 2010.
Stuart was Chairman of The British Fashion Council from 2004 - 2008, Chairman of Business in the Community from 2008 - 2010 and a Non-Executive Director of Land Securities from 2003-2013. Stuart is currently Chairman of Bridgepoint portfolio company FatFace, as well as of Majid Al Futtaim Retail and Ocado. He sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Woolworths (South Africa) and is currently Chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.
Stuart Rose was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility, and in 2014 was elevated to the House of Lords.
Keynote Speaker – Karren Brady
Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is one of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK. Voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world, she is passionate about business and the promotion of women in business in the UK.
Karren is CEO of West Ham United Football Club, as well as Senior Non-Executive Director of Syco Entertainment, a company jointly owned by Simon Cowell and Sony and leading retail multinational Taveta Investments, owner of global brands including Topshop.
Karren Brady was made a life peer by the Prime Minister, entering the House of Lords in 2014 and received a CBE from the Queen for her services to business, entrepreneurship and women in business.
Born in Edmonton, North London, Karren began her career in advertising sales straight after leaving school. In 1993, aged just 23, she was appointed Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club when the club was in administration. Four years later, she became the youngest Managing Director of a UK plc, when she floated the club on the London Stock Exchange.
Having turned Birmingham City around, Karren sold the club in 2009 for £82,000,000. She joined the board of West Ham United in January 2010 and negotiated a successful bid for the club’s move to London’s iconic 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Under her leadership, West Ham has become one of the five fastest-growing brands in world football.
Karren is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world and has worked in over 30 countries, motivating and advising global businesses through her award-winning speeches. She is a true inspiration, appearing on the BBC’s The Apprentice and is a leading voice, contributor and commentator on business affairs and news programmes.
Julia is the Operations and HR Manager of Fort Knox Self Storage in Melbourne Australia. Fort Knox Self Storage has 10 Self Storage facilities in Melbourne and a partnership in gobox Mobile Storage.
With 16 years’ experience in the self storage industry, Julia has extensive knowledge of how to build and grow a winning team and how to maximise the most out of the local market. Julia has pioneered numerous community engagement initiatives and enlisted the team to participate in a wide range charitable activities/events which resulted in Fort Knox Self Storage winning the 2018 Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA) Industry Award for Community Engagement.
Julia has fostered a culture whereby personal experience and engagement is part of their core values and daily practice. And while Fort Knox’s support of local sporting clubs, schools and charities helps the community, Julia has found that it directly benefits the business by boosting the teams moral, increases brand awareness and increases occupancy for the sites.
James (Jim) Gibson
Jim Gibson was a member of the founding management team of Big Yellow Self Storage (“BY”) in 1998. Big Yellow Self Storage opened its first store in Richmond in May 1999 and 20 years later owns and manages 75 Big Yellow self storage centres in the UK across 4.7 million sq ft NLA, with a focus on London /SE and larger urban conurbations. Big Yellow also manages 22 Armadillo stores across a 1.0 m sq ft platform in a fund in which it has a 20% interest. Big Yellow is listed as a REIT on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE 250 and has a market capitalisation of approximately £1.5 billion.
Jim originally qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in professional services with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he specialised in the property and construction sectors, before leaving in 1989. He then worked in real estate at Heron Property Corporation until 1994, before joining Nick Vetch and Philip Burks at Edge Properties. Edge was a developer of and investor in retail warehousing, listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996 and subsequently sold to Granchester Properties PLC in 1998. Together, they then founded Big Yellow. Jim is also a Non-Executive Director and shareholder in Moby Self-Storage in Brazil, Anyjunk Ltd a waste removal platform and Stasher.com ,a left luggage platform . He is also an advisor to and investor in a Prime Self-Storage development fund in Australia. He is married to Michelle, has three daughters and is a Trustee of The Big Yellow Foundation and Trustee and Chair of London Children’s Ballet.
When completing her MBA in 2008 Christel conducted research on the recessionary effects on the European self-storage market and how companies should adapt their marketing messaging in that environment. She has worked at a store level, local management level (Operations, Marketing) and central management (IT Manager) at City Self-Storage. She is certified in various different coaching techniques, has worked as a full time business coach and currently teaches international coaching certifications. Christel currently works at HiTech Smart Systems as a consultant and project manager