Sam Shaw - Founder, Director

A bit about me
Sam studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at Northumbria University Newcastle. He love’s buildings and has always been passionate about woodwork and spent much of his time post university renovating houses and working on all types of carpentry and joinery projects.  It Woodwork was born in 2006 with a toolbox and a small van, In 2008 with the help of a good friend they took on their first workshop and started working on bespoke commissions of all types from luxury tree houses to cafe bars and fine furniture then eventually in late 2008 their first bespoke kitchen. Sam is by his own admission obsessed with nature and would even go so far as to class himself as an amateur entomologist, he also enjoys world music and fine ale, especially together!

Why are kitchens important to Sam?
“There is something about the mix of creativity and function within kitchens that we find infectious.  I made my eldest son a play kitchen for his 2nd Birthday and whilst all other toys come and go only that one is still used daily, although now by my youngest son.  I believe that kitchens still have that same sense of playfulness for us adults too if they are designed well enough.”

What does Sam do in his spare time?
Sam’s absolute favourite pursuit is to head off into the woods with his hammock and kit bag for some wild camping, foraging and beastie encounters.

Nicky Spear - Managing Director

A bit about me
Nicky studied BA(Hons) Merchandising Management and worked in retail head offices for a number of years in London before switching her focus to sustainability. She’s worked for small start-ups for a number of years mainly focused on sustainability, community initiatives and food. Nicky started working for Sustainable Kitchens in 2014 and enjoying pushing the company in new exciting directions. Nicky became a Director of Sustainable Kitchens in July 2017 and Managing Director in March 2018.

Why are kitchens important to Nicky?
“Kitchens are the heart of any home for me, I love food and have spent a lot of time in both residential and commercial kitchens. They are integral to everything and I really enjoy working for a company that makes them so beautifully. I am so proud of the products we make and how our kitchens continue to inspire our customers and make them so happy.”

What does Nicky do in her spare time?
Nicky enjoys making new recipes, finding new places to eat out and to balance this out she has been known to practice martial arts. Nicky loves supporting her friends with projects & initiatives and is often found exploring ideas to help make ideas a reality. Nicky tries to be as active as possible and loves the great outdoors currently she can often be found playing softball on the downs in Bristol.

Jeremy Price - Design Manger

A bit about me
Jeremy started out working in marquetry, which gave him a real appreciation of woods and veneers and how to deliver detailed projects to a consistently high standard. After a few years in this specialism, he went on to study Contemporary Furniture Design at Bucks New University. He graduated with a first in 2010, moved to Bristol and have been designing bespoke kitchens and furniture ever since. Jeremy joined Sustainable Kitchens in Sept 2017. As Design Manager, his role is to support and guide the design team to deliver the high standard of work the company is known for.

Why are kitchens important to Jeremy?
“A well designed, skillfully crafted kitchen can turn a house into a real home for the person or family it belongs to. To really work, a kitchen has to suit every need of the homeowner and I really enjoy the process of bringing a bespoke room to life, from drawings to installation. I wholly believe the two most useful tools in design development are creativity and communication.”

What does Jeremy do in his spare time?
In his spare time, Jeremy likes to explore the many family friendly places and events on his doorstep in Bristol, with his partner, 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter. He also really enjoys pottery, juggling, uni-cycling and straw bale building.

Charlie Flemons - Designer

A bit about me
Charlie went to Loughborough University and studied Industrial Design & Technology. She then completed an internship in Graphic Design at Loughborough University, before starting work as a kitchen designer at deVOL Kitchens. Charlie joined Sustainable Kitchens in March 2016 and has been designing wonderful kitchens ever since.

Why are kitchens important to Charlie?
“A kitchen is the centrepiece of any home. It’s the place we go to fuel and sustain our bodies, to create and experiment with new recipes, and the place we congregate to socialise at parties. The kitchen has so many different roles to play and the diversity of the space is what makes them such a joy to work with.”

What does Charlie do in her spare time?
Charlie is very creative and in her spare time, she enjoys to make things, such as cards, jewellery and paintings – she is always looking to learn new crafts and creative skills. Charlie is very active and enjoys swimming, being outdoors and travel; she loves finding inspiration for her design work in nature and enjoys learning about new cultures.

 

Dean Gore - Installations Manager

A bit about me
Dean started his career as a trainee joiner specialising in decorative surfaces such as laminates veneers and solid surfaces. He then moved to Cantilever bar systems as a bar installer, installing bars worldwide working with materials such as timber ,metals, acrylics, stone and glass. Dean progressed through the company and was the Installations Manager, running all sites. Dean joined Sustainable Kitchens in April 2018 as the Site Manager and is enjoying heading up the installations team and being involved with residential projects as he can provide a more personal service.


Why are kitchens so important to Dean?
“I  believe the kitchen is the centre of family life, whether baking with the children, or preparing Christmas dinner for the whole family, it is always the main meeting point and the hive of the home. I love food, so I feel that the kitchen should be an inspirational space that allows a person to play.”

What does Dean do in his spare time?
When not busy with installations, Dean loves nothing more, in his spare time, than being out in nature. Whether it be away in his campervan with the family, fishing or kayaking, he loves the great outdoors. When bad weather forces Dean indoors, you can find him in his garage restoring one of his classic cars.

Matt Higgins - Designer

A bit about me
Matt studied Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent Design, before working as a designer at Cantilever Bars. He started at Sustainable Kitchen in January 2017. Matt’s aim as a designer is to create spaces and designs that are of heirloom quality, designs that will last for years to come, designs you can’t resist cherishing.

Why are kitchens important to Matt?
“Kitchens are the place to meet. It is where the most fun happens, whether it is gathering around preparing a hearty curry or having friends around for a refreshing cocktail, the kitchen is the main gathering point in the house. At the same time it is a place you can play and experiment all whilst dancing and singing your heart out, hopefully without being spotted!”

What does Matt do in his spare time?
Matt likes to keep busy and getting his hands dirty. Amongst many things, he enjoys playing the violin and has a pottery studio based in Clifton, Bristol where he throws his own ceramic designs under the Muddy Duck Ceramics brand. There is always something baking in the oven at Matt’s home, and especially loves his freshly baked bread. In order to burn off all those baked goods, a large proportion of Matt’s time is spent outdoors, walking or cycling and otherwise exploring whenever he can.

Lindsay Anderson - Project Manager

A bit about me
Lindsay studied Graphic Design at college and then worked in London as a fashion and sports clothing buyer for fifteen years before taking a career-break to start a family. Lindsay has always wanted to work in the design industry and her role at Sustainable Kitchens combines her love of design and retail.

Why are kitchens important to Lindsay?
“I have always loved kitchens and the design of them.  I am still working towards my dream kitchen at home. I love to cook and it definitely helps to do so in a beautiful space.”

What does Lindsay do in her spare time?
Lindsay loves interior design and has a slight obsession with interior design magazines and TV programs, which means she is always updating her own home. She loves to cook and spending time with her family. When she gets some free time,  she loves to watch films and reading fashion magazines.

Sarah Preece - Accounts Executive

A bit about me
Sarah studied Accounting and Finance at UWE in Bristol, graduating in 2011. Since then she spent time in the Herefordshire countryside managing a small eco-tourism business, travelling and finally settled back in Bristol in 2016.  

Why are kitchens important to Sarah?
“Kitchens for me are the hub of every home. My fondest memories are ones where my friends and family were together, cooking, eating, drinking and continuously laughing. I love to cook and have a passion for good food, so the kitchen for me, is essential. The design can really change the feel of the space, so knowing something has been built with real craftsmanship, passion and a sense of environmental awareness can make an amazing difference.”

What does Sarah do in her spare time?
Sarah enjoys exploring in most senses of the word. She loves to travel, locally and abroad, from finding new walks in Bristol to flying away for a micro-adventure. Sarah is passionate about having an open mind and trying her hand at anything new. She recently learned how to throw pottery in a new ceramics class, she grows her own food in a new allotment and is learning to ride a motorbike. Next on her list,  is learning some woodworking skills.

Jake Shaw - Production Engineer

A bit about me
Jake studied music at college before finding work at an interior design company learning a wide variety of skills including carpentry, metalwork and general building work. Jake then worked for a furniture making company in London where he learnt cabinet making, veneering and fine woodwork. While at this job, he studied for his NVQ 2 in wood machining and cabinet making. He then had a short spell of work as a self-employed carpenter before starting to work
for Sustainable Kitchens  in 2012.

Why are kitchens important to Jake?
“I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I think a kitchen should be a lot more than just somewhere to cook. I spend most of my time at home in my open plan kitchen/diner/living space and I love entertaining guests in that space. A kitchen should be as much form as function.”

What does Jake do in his spare time?
Jake loves designing and making his own furniture. He likes to climb, play tennis and and many other outdoor sports. Jake plays the guitar and enjoys writing and recording music as well as playing at gigs. He is a keen photographer  and very passionate about wildlife photography. Jake loves eating out and socialising with friends and family. When not entertaining, Jake loves walking in the countryside and travelling.

Phil Jarratt - Workshop Supervisor

A bit about me
After years of enjoying woodwork at school up to A Levels,  Phil went on to study a Higher National Diploma in Furniture Making and restoration at Leeds College of Art and Design. 10 years on, he has worked in some of the highest end workshops in England, Australia and New Zealand. Phil feels lucky to have been able to build kitchens, furniture and full house interiors in some of the most desirable properties in the world.

Why are kitchens important to Phil?
“The reason I enjoy cabinet making is because I get to build and help solve customers storage issues around the home whilst making them a piece of art at the same time.This is particularly satisfying when building a kitchen as it is almost always the most used and viewed room in a house.”

What does Phil do in his spare time?
In his spare time Phil’s favourite thing to do is to keep fit. He is regularly found at CrossFit, running, hiking or playing badminton. Phil is also a very keen cricketer and golfer in the summer months when time and weather allows. When not exercising he loves to play and listen to music (Phil plays guitar and bass).

Connor Andrews - Furniture Painter

A bit about me
In sixth form Connor studied Performing Arts, English Literature, Music,  Photography and Forensic Science at A level and AS level. When he finished sixth form, he started work as an apprentice at Bristol Marble. It was during this job training, that Connor began to learn about different functions, job roles as well as learning about stones, marble and man-made materials.

Why are kitchens important to Connor?
“Kitchens are in a lot of the homes, the livelihood of the household. Many people chill out and eat in kitchens whilst catching up with each other, on how their day as been. Dinner parties and house parties tend to revolve around the kitchen because of drink and food of course!”

What does Connor do in his spare time?
Connor likes to keep as active as he can and goes to the gym and plays a lot of football. He enjoys spending time with friends and can often be found playing pool, heading to the cinema or going on countryside bike rides, Connor loves music and goes to as many gigs and music events he can, luckily Bristol is well know for having a great music scene.

Ben Fisher - Senior Furniture Maker

A bit about me
Originally from London, Ben studied at the Building Crafts College to achieve a City & Guilds Fine Woodwork Diploma. After showing his work at the New Designers exhibition, Ben was lucky enough to get some commissions; a personal highlight being a free standing jewellery cabinet in American Black Walnut. Since moving to Bristol he has worked in several different areas of joinery, from conservation standard sash windows to commercial shop fitting.

Why are kitchens important to Ben?
“It’s where you’ll find me at parties, and I like cooking and baking. A well designed, quality-made kitchen can really help the process.”

What does Ben do in his spare time?
In his spare time Ben enjoy playing music, reading and also writing his own stories. He enjoys designing and making his own pieces – most recently he made his own guitar!

Barney Moore - Furniture Maker

A bit about me
Barney grew up near Stroud and after studying Art and Design at A Level, he went on to do a degree in Product & Furniture Design in London. The course had practical hands on elements as well as a more conceptual side which gave Barney a varied outlook and skill base. After working a variety of jobs in carpentry, gallery design, festival decor production and even as a librarian, he moved to Bristol and began work as a D&T technician – assisting in teaching GCSE and A Level Product Design students. He absolutely love the alternative, friendly and creative attitude of Bristol and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Why are kitchens important to Barney?
“A house needs a good kitchen; it’s a communal place that should be at the centre of any home. In the modern day when space is at a premium, kitchens have become multi-functional rooms, used for living, not just cooking. For me this offers an interesting opportunity for design and problem solving. The challenge is to utilise space efficiently whilst making a functional, beautiful and comfortable environment.”

What does Barney do in his spare time?
Barney has a busy social life and he is always out and about seeing friends. Possessing a broad love of music, he listens to anything from Folk to Disco and has collected LP records since his late teens. Barney now owns a worrying amount, with thousands of them slowly taking over his home.  To try put this to use, he regularly put on events around Bristol, DJ’ing and event production. When not entertaining crowds, he can be found making furniture, drawing, painting, or at the pub sipping tasty ales.

Ben Barrett - Senior Furniture Maker

A bit about me
Ben has always been interested in woodwork. Since junior school he has thoroughly enjoyed projects where he uses his hands. He would often help his grandfather make various things, including a model canal boat. He decided to pursue this interest by completing an apprenticeship in cabinet making and his passion grew from there. Over the years he has gained skills and experience working with various cabinet makers whilst working on his own ventures.

Why are kitchens important to Ben?
“Cabinet making is important to me as it is a passion of mine. I love making freestanding furniture that can be a family heirloom, enjoyed for many years. I use my passion to create bespoke kitchens to suit individual needs, making them unique and tailored for each customer.”

What does Ben do in his spare time?
In his spare time Ben likes to go mountain biking on the trails at Cwmcarn and Forest of Dean. He also enjoys camping and walking, especially the Black Mountains as it is where he spent a lot of his childhood.

Wes Reuben - Furniture Installer & Site Joiner

A bit about me
Wes has mainly worked in automotive and building/construction industries. He has studied towards an NVQ level 3 in vehicle body repair and has a diploma in carpentry and joinery. Wes has had many jobs  over the years, but for the last ten years has been working in residential building and maintenance. So far this is where he has been most happiest as he enjoys that it allows him to grow and express his passion in building and creating. As Wes has grown older and wiser he has become much more aware of his surroundings and responsibilities. Wes strongly believes that we all need to start living with this planet and not against it, which makes him proud to be part of the team at Sustainable Kitchens.

Why are kitchens important to Wes?
“I am a massive foodie, I love to create and experiment with new ideas. When I’m not working I’m always in the kitchen. I would definitely say I have a big passion for cooking and believe this helps me to understand how a kitchen needs to work from a cooks prospective. I also think the kitchen is a great place to chill and entertain which is why many refer to it as the heart of the home.”

What does Wes do in his spare time?
Wes enjoys spending time with family and socialising with friends. He loves to cycle and swim when he can.

Gianluca Dessena - Furniture Installer

A bit about me
Originally from Italy, Gianluca moved to England at the age of 16.  He worked in property maintenance for over five years, which helped him to develop a range of manual skills and he then worked towards a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing. He always looks forward to taking his skills to the next level with Sustainable Kitchens.

Why are kitchens important to Gianluca?
“Spending time in the kitchen with my family was a big part of growing up in Italy and was where my love of food and cooking began. The kitchen has always been the centre of my home and I really enjoy spending time there cooking recipes passed down through my family as well as trying out new ideas.”

What does Gianluca do in his spare time?
Gianluca loves to read, particularly crime and historical fiction. He also enjoys exploring new places, from cities to small countryside villages, and to try out new coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Joe Hoyle - Final Assembly Supervisor

A bit about me
Joe studied Art and Photography at college and completed a foundation year before moving to London to study photography. Joe loved photographing architecture and printing his own photographs in the darkroom. Shortly after moving back to Somerset, he enrolled in a City & Guilds Furniture Making course which gave him a good grounding in furniture making. Joe then decided he wanted to pursue this as a career and managed to secure a job at a woodworking firm relatively quickly where he was lucky enough to work on many varied projects from kitchens to architectural joinery.

Why are kitchens important to Joe?
“I have always enjoyed being involved in the making process of kitchens because good kitchens are a combination of design, practicality and aesthetics. I spend a lot of time cooking in our kitchen which is an original 1930’s design. It has a fold out table and ironing board which I think are great, as many contemporary kitchens have a need for clever space saving solutions, but few are as extreme as having a fold out dining table!”

What does Joe do in his spare time?
Joe and his partner enjoy visiting botanical gardens, the Berlin Botanical Gardens being our most recent highlight, and he is looking forward to a trip to Kew gardens soon. Recently Joe has started growing trees for Bonsai and he also grows cacti and succulents. There are many great pubs and breweries in Bristol which Joe enjoys visiting.

Dan Sands - Furniture Maker & Final Assembly Technician

A bit about me
Dan’s higher education started at Leeds College of Art studying a national diploma, where after completion, he decided to work in a local bike shop building and repairing bikes. Feeling creative again, Dan then completed a degree in product and furniture design which he completed in 2016. From there he moved to Brittany, France where he built his own workshop and worked on commissioned furniture restoration amongst other small projects. In between this he also worked with a building and landscape company working on larger scale projects.

Why are kitchens important to Dan?
“For me a kitchen is a workshop with different tools. It is a creative and communal space where we can spend a lot of time and it important that it works for our needs.”

What does Dan do in his spare time?
At weekends you will find Dan pedalling towards the nearest green hill on his mountain bike, followed by a fine pint of ale.

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