12:00 – 12:45

Making self storage green and profitable

45 mins Panel Session

Sustainable business and building practices are becoming mainstream, being driven by investors, consumers and even lenders.  Self storage businesses of the future will need to be greener, but this does not need to come at a cost.  Hear from our panel on how you can make your business more sustainable.


Matthew Lilley

Legal & General Investment Management

Matthew Lilley is a Senior Asset Manager on LGIM’s Industrial Property Investment Fund with responsibility for driving performance of the specialist vehicle’s Trade and operational Self Storage sub-funds. These sectors comprise 30% of the c.£2.8bn fund with performance achieved through formulating and executing overall strategy and business plan oversight along with allocating the fund’s capital to new opportunities. Matthew has responsibility for expanding the fund’s self storage development and acquisition pipeline with an emphasis on meeting L&G’s ESG and sustainability requirements.

Matthew joined LGIM in May 2017 from JLL where he held the title of Associate Director. He had responsibility delivering added value for institutional clients within the Strategic Asset Management team. Prior to JLL Matthew worked closely with insolvency practitioners and banks in distressed asset workouts across sectors.

Matthew graduated from Cass Business School and the University of Nottingham. He holds an MA in Property Valuation and Law, BArch in Architecture along with RICS and CFA Society membership (IMC).

Ollie Saunders


Ollie Saunders is the Lead Director for Alternatives across EMEA at JLL, where he has specialised throughout his career since the mid-1990s in self storage from a valuation, brokerage and corporate finance perspective, enabling him and his team to provide first-hand transactional experience with valuation professionalism.   

He leads a team of more than 10 surveyors and data analysts working across Europe in more than 12 countries and has transacted a number of sales of self storage assets across EMEA, as well as equity raises.  He joined JLL in 2014 from Deloitte where he was an equity partner and the head of valuation.   

Ollie co-authored the UK Self Storage Association Survey between 2009 and 2014, and the FEDESSA Survey since 2014, and also authored the RICS guide on valuation methodology for self storage and other alternative asset types.

Colin Jeromson

Janus International Europe

Colin is the Managing Director of Janus International UK; a position he has held since joining the business.

Colin has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Before joining Janus, Colin spent 10 years with Schindler, the multi-national Swiss Elevator company. In his tenure at Schindler, he fulfilled various executive roles in several European countries.

Colin is a qualified Engineer and holds an MBA from Bolton University (Manchester, England) with various management qualifications from IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland).

Gabriella Zepf

Big Yellow

Gabriella’s expertise is in project and change management, which she has successfully deployed to deliver Sourcing and Supply Chain risk related projects and initiatives and subsequently Environmental and Sustainability programmes.

Her ethos is all about working collaboratively. She believes that a successful business will encourage cross-functional working, where employees are supported to deliver challenging projects together.  In past roles, she has built a number of very successful teams from scratch.

Gabriella has been working within large, complex FMCG and Retail organisations in a variety of roles for the last 20+ years. This has given her a unique insight into how organisations work and how decisions are being made. Both at Diageo and Orange/Everything Everywhere her roles were based within Procurement & Supply Chain functions; at Orange, her role involved engaging buying teams to adopt supply chain risk policies and procedures. During her time at Orange, she project managed a France Telecom–led global Procurement transformation programme.

She joined Big Yellow Self Storage in July 2017 as the in-house Head of CSR. Her responsibilities cover Environment and Climate Change, as well as social aspects, such as running the Big Yellow Foundation.