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Overview and History
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
The board of directors consistently challenge processes, plans and actions in order to promote continuous and sustained improvement across the business.
Alan Lewis joined the Group in June 2009 as a non-executive director and was appointed chairman in January 2014. He is also on the supervisory board of Palico, a Paris and New York based information
business for the private equity industry, and chairman of Amplan, a private property development and investment business. He is an advisory board member of Leaders' Quest, a social enterprise that develops leaders from diverse backgrounds. After five years in manufacturing with RTZ and Black & Decker he spent 30 years in the private equity industry, firstly with 3i, then from 1991 to 2011 with Bridgepoint, where he was a founding partner. Since 2011 he has been an independent Chairman of various companies including Leeds Bradford Airport and Porterbrook, a train leasing company. Alan is a graduate of Liverpool University and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Chief Executive Officer
Frederic Vecchioli is a founding Director of our French business since 1998 and has overseen its growth to 25 stores in Paris operating under the “Une Pièce En Plus”
brand. He joined the Group as President and Head of French Operations following the Mentmore acquisition in 2004. Frederic became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in September 2013. He has a master of finance degree from the University of Paris Dauphine.
Chief Financial Officer
Andy Jones joined the Group in May 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Andy’s previous role was director of group finance at Worldpay Limited, prior to which he held the positions of director of finance and investor
relations at TUI Travel PLC and chief financial officer at Virgin Entertainment Group in the US. Andy began his career at Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. Andy is a graduate of the University of Birmingham.
Senior Independent Director
Ian Krieger joined the Group in October 2013 as a non-executive director, and was appointed chairman of the audit committee in April 2014 and senior independent director in March 2015.
He is senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Premier Foods plc, and a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Capital & Regional plc. He is vice-chairman of Anthony Nolan (blood cancer charity) where he is chairman of the audit committee and he is also a trustee and chairman of the finance committee of the Nuffield Trust. Previously Ian was a senior partner and vice-chairman at Deloitte until his retirement in 2012. During his 40 year career at Arthur Andersen and since 2002 at Deloitte, his responsibilities have included heading the corporate finance practice, the London corporate audit division and the private equity practice.
Joanne Kenrick joined the Group in October 2014 as a non-executive director. She is currently a non-executive director of Welsh Water, an independent director of Bacs and chair of trustees of the charity 'Make Some
Noise'. Until September 2015 Joanne was a non-executive director of Principality Building Society where she was also a member of the conduct and nominations committees. Previously, Joanne was chief executive officer of Start, a Prince of Wales charity. She was marketing director at Homebase, marketing and customer proposition director at B&Q and marketing director at Camelot Group plc. Joanne has a law degree and started her career at Mars Confectionery and PepsiCo.
Claire Balmforth joined the group in August 2016 as a Non-Executive director and was appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. She has been group HR director
of the Priory Group since July 2014. Previously, Claire was at Carpetright plc where she served as group human resources director from 2006 and as operations director UK from 2011. She also served as its people and customer director. She began her career in Selfridges, and has worked in many retail businesses including Tesco and Boots and has experience in the B2B sector with RAC plc.
Bill Oliver joined the group in November 2016 as a non-executive director and as a member of the remuneration and audit committees of the board. He is vice-chairman of Churchill Retirement plc, a privately owned company.
Bill is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience with residential and commercial development companies such as Alfred McAlpine, Barratt and the Rutland Group. He joined St Modwen Properties PLC in 2000 as finance director and was subsequently appointed managing director in 2003 and chief executive in 2004, and he retired from this role in November 2016. Bill is also a member of the advisory board of the government’s Regeneration Investment Organisation.
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