14:45 – 15:15

Automation in self storage

30 mins Panel Session

The pandemic has increased the level of online sales, payments and  mobile access control with customers valuing contact free transactions.  How does this impact the growing market for mobile device based access systems and other automation in self storage?


Gavin Shields


Gavin is the CEO at Stora - a new self storage software product for online bookings, payments and business automation - and MD at StoreStuff - a Northern Ireland-based operator of self storage facilities. Gavin was previously the CEO or co-founder at multiple technology companies including PiggyPot, Yomo and Turbulenz (acquired by Larian Studios). Prior to that, Gavin was a technology investor at $15billion private equity and VC firm, Summit Partners. 

Terry Bagley

Janus International

President, Industry & Partner Relationships, Janus International.
Terry oversees and fosters relationships with industry technology partners, strategic merger and acquisition opportunities, international business development, and expanding relationships with institutional customers. He’s spent more than 19 years providing leading-edge technology tools to the self storage industry.

Fred de Ryckman de Betz

Attic Self Storage

Fred first started Attic Self Storage in Bow, East London in 2008.  Since then, Attic has won numerous awards for customer service and business innovation, as well as for its charitable works.  A Chartered Accountant with a restructuring finance background, Fred has always been focused on identifying opportunities for growth, change and improvement.  This led to Attic being the first UK operator to offer a full online check-in and account management portal in 2016, as well as the first operator in Europe (and possibly globally) to experiment with Virtual Reality in self storage.