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Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the strategic direction and control of the Company. It exercises control through a governance framework that includes the review and implementation of detailed reporting presented to it and its subcommittees and the implementation of a continuously updated risk management programme.

The Board comprises nine Directors of whom six are non-executive and five are independent. The executive Directors are Gavin Mark Lucas (CEO), Steven James Horton and Stephen Charles Lucas.

The Board considers sound corporate governance practices to be a critical element in delivering sustainable growth for the benefit of all stakeholders. In conducting the affairs of the Company, the Board endorses the principles of fairness, responsibility, transparency and accountability advocated by the principles of the Code of Corporate Practices and Conduct set out in the King Report on Corporate Governance (“King IV”).

In regularly reviewing the Company’s governance structures, the Board exercises and ensures effective and ethical leadership, always acting in the best interests of the Company, at the same time concerning itself with the sustainability of its business operations.

Paul Theodosiou :  Independent Chairman

Partnering with NIB in the promotion and subsequent listing of Acucap Properties Limited on the JSE, Paul successfully led Acucap as CEO for close on 15 years prior to its merger with Growthpoint in 2015.

He is a former partner of KPMG.
Sello Moloko :  Independent Non-executive

Sello is the co-founder and executive chairman of Thesele Group and has more than 27 years’ experience in financial services. He is the former non-executive chairman of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited, former CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers and former deputy CEO of Capital Alliance Asset Managers.

He is currently the chairman of Sibanye Gold Limited, and a non-executive director of Telkom and General Reinsurance Africa. He is also a former director of the Industrial Development Corporation and listed companies Gold Fields, Makalani Holdings, Acucap Properties and Sycom Property Fund.
Gareth Fox :  Independent Non-executive

Gareth is chief operating officer of Western National Insurance Company Limited.

He originally completed his articles in financial services at PwC and thereafter headed up the regulatory reporting and tax teams at Santam. He has sat on the South African Insurance Association taxation subcommittee and the Financial Services Board’s SAM discussion group.
Kelly-Maree de Kock :  Independent Non-executive

Kelly is specialised in the areas of corporate finance and investor relations, as well as mergers and acquisitions. She has more than eleven years’ commercial experience in the financial services sector and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at Old Mutual Wealth Trust Company. She previously held the positions of Head of Institutional Business Development at Kagiso Asset Management and Investor Relations Manager: South Africa at Old Mutual plc.
Graham Blackshaw :  Non-executive

A former lead development partner in the Faircape group of companies, Graham played an integral role in driving the formation of the Stor-Age Joint Venture between Acucap, Faircape and Stor-Age Property Holdings in 2010.

A qualified attorney, Graham practiced law at Herold Gie and Broadhead before joining the Cape of Good Hope Bank, where he went on to head up the Property Lending Division.
Phakama Mbikwana Phakama Mbikwana :  Independent Non-executive

Phakama has more than 15 years’ experience in all segments of the banking industry and has a strong interest in the construction industry. Until recently, she held the position of Head of Construction and Related Sectors at Barclays Africa Limited. Prior to joining Barclays, she held roles at Standard Bank Group, Investment Solutions, Alexander Forbes Multi Asset Management and Nedbank Corporate. She is also the founder of Dandelion Capital, a company seeking to invest in diverse sectors in order to drive growth and influence strategy.
Gavin Lucas :  CEO

An entrepreneurial property developer backed by an experienced management team of professionals with a range of skills including investment banking, finance, property and construction, Gavin founded the Stor-Age Group in 2005.

Leading the organisation by providing a common vision and mission, Gavin is responsible for the strategic direction of the group, coordinating plans to meet strategic goals, overseeing the overall operations and stakeholder engagement.
Stephen Lucas :  Chief Financial Officer

Stephen is one of the founding shareholders of Stor-Age and has worked alongside Gavin and Steven in developing the Stor-Age business since its inception.

Stephen focuses on the group’s financial and operational management, human resources and developing and executing the operations strategy. He also has previous advisory experience in corporate finance and transaction support.
Steven Horton :  Executive

Steven is head of property and directs the group’s property growth strategy. He oversees the procurement of all opportunities and the development planning, development and property management of the portfolio.

Steven drives Stor-Age’s acquisition and expansion efforts in South Africa and the UK.