Meet the team Debra Smith - Director Martin’s wife Debra looks after the accounts of the company as well as being a director. Her part-time role used to be supplemented by her other role of primary school teaching assistant, but now her spare time is filled with her first grandchild.
Martin Smith - Director Martin set up the company almost 25 years ago, having trained in cabinetry before designing kitchens. He is hands-on when he has to be but also encourages each designer with their own projects. He enjoys photography, so don’t be surprised if he visits your finished kitchen to capture some amazing images.
Sue Speechley - Administrator Sue is our administrator and has been with Kitchensmiths for 13 years. Previously working in IT, she is super-organised and keeps us all in check. She’s a keen knitter and loves looking after her grandchildren.
Clare Chapman - Designer Clare has been designing for Kitchensmiths for 16 years following a complete career change from coastal research. Her creativity also extends into watercolour painting, singing and a bit of sewing.
Alex Baldwin - Designer Alex came to Kitchensmiths with a design degree 16 years ago and has had fun designing ever since. He was shortlisted as Young Kitchen Designer back in 2002. He enjoys cooking, especially in his combi-steam oven.
Hélène Nègre - Designer Helene brings her French design flair from the fashion industry. She has worked in kitchens for 15 years, the last 10 (bar a little French sabbatical) with Kitchensmiths. She has a passion for pottery and makes an amazing galette des rois.
Simon Hollinshead - Electrician/Fitter Simon is Kitchensmiths’ qualified electrician as well as a homegrown kitchen fitter. In a previous life he worked in hospitality but now thrives on the daily customer contact whilst on site. He enjoys cycling in his spare time as well as fuelling his passion for classic cars.
Dave Young - Fitter/Plumber Dave has been fitting kitchens for 10 years, having come from a joinery background. Never one for standing around, he spends his free time windsurfing, surfing or, on a lazy day, fishing.
Andy Edwards - Fitter The most recent fitter to join the team, Andy has been with us for just over a year, having worked for a bespoke joinery firm for 9 years. He has just moved house, so his spare time is filled with home improvements – which means no rest for his tools!
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