Meet the board with biographies and details of directorships

Executive Directors

  • Andrew Jacobs, Chair of LoknStore.

    Andrew Jacobs


    Andrew established Lok’nStore in 1995 after eight years of working in the Japanese equity market. Andrew is responsible for strategy, corporate finance, and property. He has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and a BSc in Economics from LSE.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Strategy, Corporate Finance, Economics, and Property

  • Ray Davies, Group Finance Director.

    Ray Davies

    Group Finance Director

    Ray is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. Prior to joining Lok’nStore in 2004, Ray held several senior finance positions in listed companies in the construction, health, and fitness sectors.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Finance and Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Risk Management, Legal, Tax, and Compliance.

  • Neil Newman, Managing Director at Lok'nStore Plc.

    Neil Newman-Shepherd

    Group Managing Director

    Neil joined the Lok’nStore Group in October 2006 becoming Group Managing Director in August 2020. Prior to joining Lok’nStore, Neil gained retail experience at Wickes and Woolworths plc. Neil is responsible for sales, operations, marketing, and people.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Sales, Marketing, and Human Resource Management.

  • Tom Lampard, Property Director.

    Tom Lampard

    Property Director

    Tom joined Lok'nStore in 2012 and is now in charge of sourcing and securing land and buildings to expand the Group’s significant new store pipeline.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Property and land purchase.

Non-Executive Directors

  • Jeff Woyda, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

    Jeff Woyda

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Jeff joined the Board on 1 September 2020 as an independent Non-Executive Director. During his extensive and varied career Jeff, a qualified accountant, has held a number of senior executive positions and is currently Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Clarkson plc, an FTSE 250 company and the world’s leading provider of integrated shipping services and investment banking capabilities to the shipping and offshore markets.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Finance and Technology, Strategic Development, Financial Management, Investor Relations, and Corporate Governance.

  • Bridget Barker, Non-Executive Director.

    Bridget Barker

    Non-Executive Director

    Bridget joined Lok’nStore Board recently on 14 September 2023. Bridget is an experienced lawyer having gained over 35 years’ experience at Macfarlanes, a leading and well-established City of London law firm, where she specialised in investment funds, financial services and regulatory legal work with a focus on private equity and real estate funds. Latterly she was head of the Investment Management Group at Macfarlanes. Since leaving Macfarlanes, Bridget has pursued various non-executive roles and consulting appointments at organisations such as Praesidium, Mirabaud 1819 Advisory Group and Mainspring Fund Services.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Regulatory Legal, Private Equity and Real Estate Funds

  • Richard Holmes, Non-Executive Director.

    Richard Holmes

    Non-Executive Director

    Richard joined Lok’nStore in 2000 having held senior marketing and commercial roles in Unilever, Boots (as Marketing Director and Commercial Director), and latterly Specsavers (as Group Marketing Director).

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Marketing including Digital Marketing, and Customer Experience.

  • Charles Peal, Non-Executive Director.

    Charles Peal

    Non-Executive Director

    Charles joined Lok’nStore in 2007. Charles started his career in 1977 at 3i Group, the leading UK quoted Venture Capital Company. He was Chief Executive of Legal and General Ventures from 1988 to 2000 and has served on several Boards since then.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Capital Markets and Fund Management.

  • Simon Thomas, Non-Executive Director.

    Simon Thomas

    Non-Executive Director

    Simon joined Lok’nStore in 1997 following successful careers in the publishing and finance sectors. He worked at Reed International, Swiss Bank Corporation, Nomura International, and co-founded the emerging markets investment trust business at LCF Edmond de Rothschild. Simon is particularly interested in environmental economics and natural capital.

    Key Areas of Expertise
    Corporate Finance and Environmental Performance.

Other Directorships

Executive Directors Directorships
Andrew Jacobs Andrew Jacobs (UK) Limited
Andrew Jacobs LLP
Lok'nStore Limited*
The Box Room (Self Storage) Limited*
Ray Davies Ash Road SS Limited
Davies Elise Consulting Limited
Lok'nStore Limited*
Lok'nStore Trustee Limited*
ParknCruise Limited*
Semco Engineering Limited*
Semco Machine Tools Limited*
Southern Engineering and Machinery Co. Limited*
The Box Room (Self Storage) Limited*
Gypsy Moth Storage Limited (formerly Chichester Storage Limited)
Broadstairs Storage Limited
Neil Newman-Shepherd Lok'nStore Limited*
Tom Lampard No other directorships
Non-Executive Directors Directorships
Jeff Woyda Clarkson (Trustees) Limited
Clarkson Capital Ltd
Clarkson Dry Cargo Limited
Clarkson Holdings Limited
Clarkson Overseas Shipbroking Limited
Clarkson PLC
Clarkson Property Holdings Limited
Clarkson Research Holdings Limited
Clarkson Research Services Limited
Clarkson Sale and Purchase Limited
Clarkson Shipbrokers Limited
Clarkson Shipbroking Group Ltd
Clarkson Tankers Limited
Clarksons Platou Legal Services Limited
Clarksons Structured Asset Finance Ltd
H. Clarkson & Company Limited
Halcyon Shipping Ltd
International Transport Intermediaries Club Limited – (Non-Executive Chair and Director)
J.O. Plowright & Co. (Holdings) Limited
Levelseas Ltd
Maritech Development Limited
Maritech Holdings Limited
Maritech Limited
Maritech Services Limited
Recap Manager Limited (appointed 31/03/2023)
Seafix Limited

Overseas Directorships:
Afromar Properties (PTY) Limited
Clarkson Shipping Services Acquisition USA LLC
Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
Clarkson Shipping Services India Private Limited
Clarksons Hong Kong Limited
Clarksons Norway AS
Clarkson Shipping Services USA LLC
Clarksons Singapore Pte. Limited
Clarksons USA Inc
Clarksons Platou (South Africa) (Pty) Limited

The Clarkson Foundation CIO
The Clarkson PLC Pension Scheme
J.O. Plowright & Co. (Holdings) Limited Pension and Assurance Scheme

Directorships held in the last five years:
Oilfield Publications Limited
Clarkson Logistics Limited
Clarksons Platou Futures Limited

Directorships held in the last five years (Overseas):
Bonus Plus Investments Limited
Diligent Challenger Limited
Clarksons Logistics (HK) Limited
Bridget Barker Bridget Barker Services Limited
Mainspring Fund Services Limited
Mainspring Nominees Limited
MSCT Trustee Limited
RAD Commercial Limited
TSO Holdings (UK) Limited
York House (Chelsea) Porter’s Flat Limited
Heritage Collins Ltd

Overseas Directorships:
Praesidium S.A
Praesidium Investment Advisers Limited

Directorships held in the last five years:
Hero Inc. Limited
Zedra Fund Managers (Guernsey) Limited
Richard Holmes Lok'nStore Limited*
Lok'nStore Trustee Limited*
Moorfield Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Schiehallion Fund Limited **
Charles Peal No other directorships
Simon Thomas Lok'nStore Limited*
Simon Thomas (UK) Limited
Storelab Limited

* Lok’nStore Group Companies
**Guernsey registered Companies