Sirius Real Estate announces Jo Kenrick to its Board as upcoming Independent Director

– GUERNSEY, St Peter Port –  Sirius Real Estate Limited (LON: SRE), the leading operator of branded business and industrial parks providing conventional space and flexible workspace in Germany, today announced the appointment of Joanne Kenrick to its Board as an independent non-executive director, with effect from 1 September 2021.

“Jo brings a wealth of relevant experience not only from an impressive customer-focused brand marketing career, but also from her time as a respected board member across a range of listed, private and charitable organisations. She has been deeply involved in the development of ESG strategies amongst other key initiatives, and with this combination of commercial, remuneration and ESG insight, we are confident that Jo will be a valuable addition to our Board.” said Board Chairman, Daniel Kitchen.

About Joanne Kenrick

Joanne Kenrick has had a commercial marketing career spanning over 30 years and has extensive listed, private and charitable board experience. For five years until 2015 she was the marketing and digital director for Homebase, prior to which she was chief executive officer of Start, where she established and oversaw HRH the Prince of Wales’s public facing initiative for a more sustainable future. Joanne’s former roles include marketing and customer proposition director for B&Q and marketing director at Camelot Group plc. She was previously a non-executive director of Principality Building Society for six years, during which time she was also a member of the audit and conduct risk committees. Joanne has a degree in law and started her career at Mars Confectionery and PepsiCo.

Joanne Kenrick is currently a non-executive Director of Safestore Holdings plc; a non-executive Director and remuneration committee chair for both Welsh Water and Coventry Building Society, as well as being deputy chair and the senior independent director for the latter; and chair of Switching Services Participant Committee and of PayM for She is also chair of trustees of the charity Make Some Noise.

About Sirius Real Estate

Sirius is a property company listed on the main market and premium segment of the London Stock Exchange and the main board of the JSE Limited. It is a leading operator of branded business parks providing conventional space and flexible workspace in Germany. The Company’s purpose is to create and manage optimal workspaces that empower small and medium-sized businesses to grow, evolve and thrive. Sirius seeks to unlock the potential of its people, its properties, and the communities in which it operates, so that together we can create sustainable impact, and long-term financial and social value.

The Company’s core strategy is the acquisition of business parks at attractive yields, the integration of these business parks into its network of sites under the Company’s own name as well as offering a range of branded products within those sites, and the reconfiguration and upgrade of existing and vacant space to appeal to the local market, through intensive asset management and investment. The Company’s strategy aims to deliver attractive returns for shareholders by increasing rental income and improving cost recoveries and capital values, as well as by enhancing those returns through financing its assets on favourable terms. Once sites are mature and net income and values have been optimised, the Company may take the opportunity to refinance the sites to release capital for investment in new sites or consider the disposal of sites in order to recycle equity into assets which present greater opportunity for the asset management skills of the Company’s team.

Sirius also has a venture with clients represented by AXA IM Alts. Titanium was formed through the acquisition by AXA IM Alts, on behalf of its clients, from Sirius, of a 65% stake in five business parks across Germany. Sirius retained the remaining 35%. The venture seeks to grow primarily through the acquisition of larger stabilised business park assets and portfolios of assets with strong tenant profiles and occupancy. As well as its equity interest, Sirius acts as operator of the assets in the venture, on a fee basis. Sirius will continue to grow its wholly owned portfolio through acquisitions of more opportunistic assets, where it can capitalise on its asset management expertise to maximise utilisation of the space, grow occupancy and improve quality of the tenants. The strategies have been clearly defined so that the venture does not conflict with Sirius’s existing business.

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