Meet The Team

Made up of highly experienced and creative product designers, engineers, joiners and space-planners, Staverton’s team understands how to combine form, function and flexibility.

Ashley Bluer

Ashley joined Staverton’s Sales Support Desk in 2019. She’s here to answer your enquiries — in person, over the phone, or online — ensuring you have everything your need for a best-in-class experience with us. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys gaming and walking her dog in the great outdoors.

Brian Banks

Brian has worked at Staverton for the past 20 years. He started as upholsterer, quickly learned all aspects of the business and progressed to the position of Shopfloor Manager. Brian has many interests but is especially attracted by cars. He loves track days and if he had to choose a particular car it would definitively be the limited-production plug-in hybrid McLaren P1.

Carlo Delucchi

Carlo joined Staverton in 2016 and is responsible for the company’s marketing activities. With over 10 years’ worth of experience working in marketing and communications in different industries, Carlo brings to the team his diverse know-how, creative thinking and analytical skills. When he is not defending our brand, the typographically-correct and friendly Latin professional boasts his love for vintage ties.

Caroline Warren

Caroline’s 23 year career with Staverton comes in two parts, with a rather surprising stint as cabin crew for British Airways in-between. A high-flier, Caroline knows Staverton inside out and has worked in numerous roles including sales, administration and payroll. A huge sports fan (although she stresses it’s watching it not playing it that she likes) Caroline also loves books, be they fact or fiction.

Craig Ashton

Craig is in his second stint with Staverton. His first was 1995-2003, but he couldn’t keep away and decided to rejoin us in 2022. Craig is our expert in sales, training, and production coordinating. In his spare time, Craig enjoys football, cricket, and the guitar — plus spending time with his family.

Frank Fitzpatrick

Frank joined Staverton in 2022. He’s highly skilled in upholstery manufacturing, the training and development of our people, health and safety, and product development. When he’s not doing all that, Frank enjoys (trying) to keep fit, drawing, art, and the restoration of upholstered antique furniture.

Gary Marshall

They say loyalty is hard to find these days but we’re lucky enough to have found it in our Designer Gary. Gary joined us fresh out of school back in 1987 and has been here ever since! As well as almost 30 years’ experience, he brings an honest, helpful and respectful attitude to every project he works on, hoping to receive the same in return. When not designing impactful solutions for clients, Gary enjoys walking in his local area and watching motorsports especially Formula 1 and British Touring Cars.

Ian Samuel

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing industry, he initially joined Staverton in 2002 as our Production Director. Having left in 2005 to pursue other challenges, he returned to us in 2016 to join the board and head up Operations for the company. When Ian is not at work, he loves motorhome holidays travelling around Europe and enjoys watching his sons play cricket and rugby.

James Barke

A product designer for the last five years, James joined Staverton full-time after impressing the directors with his vim and vigour on his university placement. Full of ideas and the newest techniques, James has been highly involved in the development of the new sit-stand desk. Arguably Staverton’s biggest music enthusiast (punk rock is his favourite) he’s also a keen guitarist, songwriter and player of retro video games.

Jamie Wilson

Jamie has over 8 years’ experience in the industry, supplying furniture to the Public and Private Sector. Jamie’s role is to focus on business development for the sales team and promoting the brand. He also loves to exercise and spending time with his friends and family.

John Lawther

John joined Staverton as a Design and Development Draftsman back in 1999 and brings decades of experience to our design team. Known as ‘Mr Kudos’ for his screening knowledge, John is a hard worker who likes a challenge. Outside work his interests include art and puzzles and he is a big sports fan, following everything from football and rugby to Thai boxing – although his enjoyment is largely limited to watching these days! He likes to keep up with new trends and enjoys socialising with family and friends.

Mark Powell

Prior to joining Staverton in 1999, Mark worked in the construction industry. He started as a machine shop operative and his passion for the job drove him to learn the secrets of the many machines involved in Staverton’s daily operations. He is now machine shop Manager and has total responsibility for the shop’s activities. Mark is a family man who enjoys walks in the countryside, quiz nights with friends and sports.

Paul Edward

Paul is Staverton’s managing director and one of Staverton’s most knowledgeable and passionate team members. Paul started his career in office furniture in 1978 and has been a driving force in Staverton’s success ever since. A dog-lover, tennis fan and keen social butterfly, Paul also enjoys spending time at his home in Spain and on the slopes of the Alps.

Phil Whittaker

One of Staverton’s longest serving members of the design team, Phil is an experienced workplace designer and space planner with a keen interest in ergonomics. Outside of work Phil is a member of a Scout caving group and enjoys world cinema, contemporary literature and drawing.

Richard Wild

Richard became Staverton’s technical administrator in 2000, but not before a rather varied career including working in a toyshop, as a driving instructor and as a call centre manager. A proficient juggler (we’re not joking), Richard has a keen eye coordinating all technical aspects of Staverton’s projects with complete accuracy.

Roger Holt

Roger is one of Staverton’s product design team, having worked on the development of some of the firm’s most popular products PR and CL. Super active outside of work, you’ll most likely find Roger pedalling or climbing up a mountain thanks to his love of the great outdoors.

Simon Watts

Simon has 30 years’ experience in the office furniture industry and has a great understanding of the marketplace. He is an equity shareholder with strategic and overall responsibility for operations in the South East. Simon has formed and maintained positive long term client relationships with a number of blue chip companies.

Stuart Cross

Stuart is Staverton’s Business Development Manager, with 20 years’ commercial experience in contract office interiors and fit-out — internationally and across the UK. When Stuart isn’t visiting clients and partners, he enjoys hitting the open road — indulging in one of his many passions — motorcycling through the British countryside. He’s equally happy entertaining family and friends around his garden’s open fire pit.

Tony Cole

Tony is Staverton’s chief design and manufacturing director. Tony is the very heart of Staverton, using his 30+ year’s experience in manufacturing and engineering expertise to devise a solution for every design challenge. His no-nonsense Yorkshire approach guarantees plain talking, even for the most complex of design solutions. Outside of work Tony enjoys art, architecture and music.

Tracey Bastow

Tracey is another long-standing member of the Staverton team. Working as quality and environmental officer Tracey ensures that Staverton maintains its ethics, standards and production obligations including ISO 9001, 14001 and the FSC chain of custody. Tracey is a keen theatre-goer.