Introducing the Women behind It Woodwork for International Women’s Day
by Nicky Spear
International Women’s Day is really important to the team. As a joinery company, we want to celebrate all women who are makers, movers and shakers and we want to be championing women in the industry as the company’s current roster of ladies make up less than 25% of the team, which isn’t uncommon, and in other joinery businesses, and is likely to be much less. We would like nothing more than to see more women working in the industry helping create beautiful products they are passionate about.
With that in mind, today we are going to showcase the wonderful women behind It Woodwork.
Nicky started at Sustainable Kitchens In 2014 before It Woodwork re-branded to Sustainable Kitchens and at the time it was just Sam & Nicky in the office. At the very beginning, she was involved in every aspect of the day to day business, looking after clients, schedules, accounts, marketing, the lot. Over the years as the team has grown, Nicky’s role has evolved and she became a Director of the company in July 2017, and from the beginning of March 2018, she has become the Company’s Managing Director.
Having worked across different industries Nicky really wants to champion equality in every workplace and industry, so it isn’t all just about us but also the people we admire.
Nicky’s local heroes include:
Kalpana Wolf – she won the Food Hero award at the Crumbs Awards in 2017 for her supper club, 91 ways to a global city which aims to build bridges between the 91 language communities within Bristol around Food. Their next event is on the 15th of March.
Jess Carter the editor of Crumbs has done amazing things with the Crumbs magazine, they have also started to focus on Vegan & Vegetarian food which we love.
The Lady Brewers of Wiper & True – Wiper & True champion equality and out of their 15 brewers 7 are women, their lady brewers are launching a beer called XX for International Women’s day and are celebrating this Saturday – just amazing. It also just happens to be Nicky’s favourite local brewery.
Sarah was the first person we got to help in the office outside of design in September 2015 and has been part of seeing the business grow over the years. She did have a sabbatical whilst travelling with her partner to Sri-Lanka but luckily for us decided to come back and now controls all the accounting aspects of the business. She also works with Jon Lewin of the Locals Cookbook as well as helping with other projects such as Limbic Cinema.
Sarah is also very creative and after receiving a screen printing course as a present actually made a printed t-shirt for Jeremy our Design Manager as a secret Santa present.
Sarah’s Local Hero’s:
The people behind the Charity One25 – who are women helping women trapped in vulnerable situations in the city of Bristol.
Lindsay started with the Company in January 2016 when Sarah was on her sabbatical and helps will all aspects of business development. Lindsay is a jack of all trades and can turn her hand to many things, she keeps everyone on their toes and keeps the office and workshop full of laughter. Lindsay is obsessed with interiors, a design junkie by her own admission, she has had a subscription to Living etc since its first issue in 1998. She worked in retail for over 15 years and brings her zest for trends and ideas into the business and her personal life every day and fulfils her need for renovating by constantly updating her house and moving onto the next doer upper project.
Lindsay is also a working mum and we make sure that we are flexible as a business to make sure Lindsay is able to be a working mum, which is really important to her.
Lindsay’s inspirational woman is:
Molly Gunn (based in Bruton, Somerset) aka Selfish Mother.
Molly Gunn is the founder and editor of Selfish Mother, a site she created for like-minded women in 2013, which supports women, mothers and families, she is an Instagram sensation and part of a set of woman that champion real motherhood, showing the reality of juggling kids and work. A onetime fashion journalist, she now edits Selfish Mother, runs The Famly Store online shop and store in Bruton which sells #GoodTees which have raised over £811,574 for charity. She is a mother of three kids and runs her business in a positive, empowering and inclusive way. She and her family live in Bruton, Somerset, showing there is life outside the rat race in London.
Charlie was the second ever designer we employed in March 2016 and has been behind the wonderful designs such as The Industrial Dark Green Kitchen with the Vintage Twist and The Steel & Marble Town House Kitchen.
She is extremely creative in all aspects of her life and recently has done a silversmithing jewellery making course and is going onto the next stage, knitted her first ever scarf, created paintings for a friends wedding (and her own! – which is in June!) She has done a bit of basket weaving, weaving on a loom and card making. Charlie is also really involved in her local community and has started running a local monthly cinema club.
Charlie’s inspirational women are:
Kate Robotham – a Loughborough based painter. She captures landscapes and the natural world, in oil paintings and water colour. Her work is absolutely beautiful and it is inspirational to see her pursue a career in something that she is passionate about. Kate also sells her paintings online – why not take a peek?
Helen Robson – a very talented designer who uses her skills to run design and print workshops for the general public and for homeless people in the Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire area. It is inspirational to see Helen using her talents to help those less fortunate than herself. Helen creates playful and functional designs, and often sells her produce at various markets and events.