Meet the board with biographies and details of directorships

Executive Directors

  • Andrew Jacobs

    Executive Chairman

    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 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-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.

Non-Executive Directors

  • Jeff Woyda

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Jeff joined the Board on 1 September 2020 as an independent NonExecutive 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

Other Directorships

Executive Directors Directorships
Andrew Jacobs Andrew Jacobs (UK) Limited
Lok'nStore Limited*
The Box Room (Self Storage) Limited*
Andrew Jacobs LLP
Ray Davies Ash Road SS Limited
Davies Elise Consulting Limited
Lok'nStore Limited*
Lok'nStore Trustee Limited*
Semco Engineering Limited*
Semco Machine Tools Limited*
Southern Engineering and Machinery Co. Limited*
Lincoln Space Solutions Limited
The Box Room (Self Storage) Limited*
ParknCruise Limited*
Neil Newman-Shepherd Lok’nStore Limited *
Non-Executive Directors Directorships
Jeff Woyda Clarkson (Trustees) Limited
Clarkson Capital Ltd
Clarkson Dry Cargo Limited
Clarkson Holdings Limited
Clarkson Logistics 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 Futures Limited
Clarksons Platou Legal Services Limited
Clarksons Platou Structured Asset Finance Ltd
H. Clarkson & Company Limited
Halcyon Shipping Ltd
International Transport Intermediaries Club Limited
J.O. Plowright & Co. (Holdings) Limited
Levelseas Ltd
Maritech Development Limited
Maritech Holdings Limited
Maritech Services Limited
Oilfield Publications Ltd
Seafix Limited
Maritech Limited
Bonus Plus Investments Limited
Clarkson Logistics (HK) Limited
Clarksons Platou Asia Limited
Diligent Challenger Limited
Clarkson Shipping Services India Private Limited
Clarksons Platou AS
Clarksons Platou Asia Pte. Limited
Afromar Properties (PTY) Limited
Clarksons Platou (South Africa) (Pty) Limited
Clarkson Shipping Services Acquisition USA LLC
Clarksons Platou (USA) Inc
Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
The Clarkson Foundation CIO
The Clarkson PLC Pension Scheme
J.O. Plowright & Co. (Holdings) Limited Pension and Assurance Scheme

Simon Thomas Simon Thomas (UK) Limited
Lok'nStore Limited*
Simon Thomas LLP
Charles Peal No other Directorships
Richard Holmes Lok'nStore Limited*
Lok'nStore Trustee Limited*
Moorfield Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust*
First Contact Limited**
The Schiehallion Fund Limited **
*Lok'nStore Group Companies
**Guernsey registered company