Meet the Team
Our people are at the very heart of what sets us apart. Bringing decades of combined expertise to the table, our team of over 3,000 trusted experts help companies make intelligent furnishing decisions. They are committed to building enduring relationships based on integrity, honesty and transparency.
Working closely with our global network of manufacturing, design, logistics and customer service partners, they can help deliver successful workplace strategies. Should our existing portfolio of products not quite fit a project's unique requirements, the team's knowledge is invaluable when co-creating or modifying furnishing solutions.
Jonathan Hindle | Group Managing Director, EMEA | Start date: 1994
Jonathan originally trained as an architect/designer before moving into sales and marketing in office furniture and property. He founded KI’s international subsidiary in the UK in 1994, subsequently developing its operations across the EMEA and South East Asia regions. Jonathan founded the Design Guild Mark in 2007, now the UK’s leading recognition for volume production furniture, textiles and finished surfaces. He also established the corporate membership and fundraising programmes at The Furniture Makers Company, the furnishing industry's charity and livery company, prior to becoming its Master in 2013-14. Jonathan is also the chairman of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the single voice of the furniture, furnishing and bed industries to the UK government. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys golf, tennis, swimming and gardening.
Jeremy McWhinney | Operations & Finance Director | Start date: 2001
Jeremy is an FCCA Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience at KI. As Finance and Operations Director, he has oversight across Sales Support, Supply Chain and Finance throughout our operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to KI he had senior finance roles in a variety of sectors including restaurants, publishing and technology start-ups. Outside of work Jeremy retains a keen interest in history and enjoys restoring his 750 year old house.
David Venables | Workplace Director | Start date: 1999
David has been with KI for 21 years and during his 33-year career in contract furnishing industry has worked on many major projects with large organisations both in the UK and internationally, particularly within the legal and financial services sector. David has overall responsibility for KI's workplace sales, project resourcing and implementation. When David is in the office he is normally found dashing from one thing to another, and when not at work he has always sought relaxation through golf - however he has now proudly handed the mantle over to his son who is a low single figure handicap player.
Kevin Geeves | Education Director | Start date: 2009
Prior to joining KI in 2009, Kevin gained extensive sales and management experience across a number of sectors including office supplies, printed/online directories and promotional merchandise. As Sales Director for the education division Kevin is responsible for the development of sales into schools, academies and universities in the UK and Europe. Kevin enjoys exploring new cities around the world and has a passion for all forms of motorsport regularly attending major events.
Paul Mott | Account Director - Workplace | Start date: 2015
Paul brings years of experience in workplace furniture to the team. He has joined KI to focus on using his broad base skills to develop partnerships with major accounts, furniture specifiers and dealerships. Outside of work, Paul continues with some of his voluntary work, and has become an avid reader and pupil of leadership psychology and the part it plays in the formation of successful businesses. A keen golfer but with a handicap now going north, Paul loves getting away to the sunshine with his family but has a constant struggle with both his sons being Arsenal supporters and never taking their football tops off!
Alison Mallett | Account Director - Education | Start date: 2010
Alison has been working in the UK furniture market for over 30 years. She joined KI in 2010 and moved into education. Alison has embraced this fresh direction and her role has developed and grown over the years with KI. Now driving new sales into the higher education markets realises her love for new challenges and the larger projects. When not at work Alison loves her life in the countryside riding her horse and walking with her beloved Jack Russell mad Max.
Steve Clarke | Account Manager - Workplace | Start date: 1999
Steve has been in the office furniture and storage industry for 25 years, working in both the UK and throughout Europe. He offers detailed product knowledge to provide client specific solutions that bring the best value to the customer. Recently, Steve has been responsible for supporting major clients such as Amazon and Facebook and has specialised within the hi-tech sector throughout his career.
Mark Bloomfield | Account Manager - Workplace | Start date: 2017
Mark joined KI in August 2017, previously Mark was a Business Development Manager where he was responsible for building relationships and securing new projects within the commercial office and education sectors via Architects and Interior Designers. His role within KI is to develop and grow our partnerships with dealers and specifiers across the region. Outside work Mark really enjoys his sport which includes both watching and playing football and golf, plus he really enjoys a fun day out horse racing with family and friends.
Andrew Cloggie | Account Manager - Workplace | Start date: 2018
Andrew joined KI in 2018. He has been in the furniture industry for 25 years working for a number of leading manufacturers. Andrew will be developing KI’s business throughout the North of England, Scotland & Ireland focusing on dealers and A&D. When not at work, Andrew’s life revolves around his family, and he enjoys cooking, clay pigeon shooting and his dog, Lola, not necessarily in that order.
Suzanne Stuart | Account Manager - Workplace | Start date: 2020
Suzanne joined KI in 2020. Suzanne was previously Area Sales Manager for the largest manufacture of steel storage in the UK, where she was responsible for building and maintaining relationships with furniture consultants and securing commercial projects. Her role within KI is to develop brand awareness and to grow our partnerships with dealers and specifiers across London and the South East. Outside work Suzanne can be found on the dance floor throwing some shapes at Ceroc.
Antony Gatley | Sales Manager - Education | Start date: 2016
Having gained over 17 years’ experience in the wider furniture industry including Healthcare, Hospitality and Public Realm, Antony joined KI in 2016. As a Regional Sales Manager for Education, Antony is responsible for the development of sales into schools, academies and universities in the North of the UK. When not spending time with his family or travelling, Antony’s main passion is running Ultra Marathon Races, specifically on the fells and mountains. Amongst many other, he recently completed the iconic Highland Fling 53 mile Ultra Race in the Scottish Highlands.
Nathan Sheehan | Sales Manager - Education | Start date: 2019
Nathan spent 5 years in sales with a furniture dealer before joining KI’s education team in January 2019. Nathan is responsible for the Southern territory, working alongside accounts to assist with growth. When not spending time with his wife and two young daughters, Nathan can be found watching or taking part in some sort of sporting activity, or trying to book the next family holiday.
Christopher Beck | Sales Manager - Education | Start date: 2018
Prior to joining KI in 2018, Chris worked for 7 years as European Sales Manager for the largest British home textile design studio and also gathered sales experience in different roles in France, Austria and Germany. His main focus is on developing long lasting client relations and establishing the brand in collaboration with our distribution partners, whilst ensuring he keeps on top of technical and industry knowledge. In his spare time Chris enjoys spending time with his family and travelling.
Hatem Shelleh | Regional Sales Manager - Middle East, North | Start date: 2012
Based in Amman, Jordan, Hatem covers Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon & Saudi Arabia across the education, workplace and healthcare sectors.
Colin McCourt | Supply Chain Manager - Workplace | Start date: 2013
Colin joined KI in 2012 and has over 20 years’ experience in the contract furnishing industry. As Supply Chain Manager, he manages a team of highly experienced logistics and service specialists whilst also overseeing factory and supply chain performance and relationships. Prior to joining KI, Colin's background was in manufacturing, of which he has over 25 years of experience. His work life started in the seventies as an apprentice in sheet metal working. Colin also had some variety throughout his working career which included restaurateur and hot air ballooning. He continues to enjoy life and the day to day challenges it produces.
Sarah MacDonald Taylor | Operations Manager - Workplace | Start date: 2012
Sarah joined KI in 2012 and is responsible for coordinating the manufacture and delivery of major projects. She liaises frequently with our customers, factories and installation teams to arrange logistics, process orders and ensure their smooth delivery. She has previous customer service experience in roles within hospitality, local government and private financial companies.
Simon Power-Hynes | Operations Manager - Education | Start date: 2018
Simon joined KI in 2011 as a member of its sales support team. He is responsible for managing projects for KI's clients through their manufacture, delivery and installation. He will also assist with any quotation or customer service requests.
Jazmin Taylor | Account Co-ordinator - Workplace | Start date: 2014
Jazmin joined KI in July 2014 and is responsible for the internal implementation and delivery of major projects from pre-order stage, through placement of order, delivery and installation and day2 service. Her background is very predominantly in art supplies, customer services and logistics. She studied fine art and previously created a curatorial collective. Jazmin spends her free time painting, watching film, going to the gym and savouring a good glass of red.
Marta Kobus | Account Co-ordinator - Workplace | Start date: 2014
Marta joined KI in 2014, and works closely with our customers and manufacturers to ensure the smooth delivery of projects. Prior to joining KI, Marta spent a few years doing academic research, including the publication of a couple of papers. Other work experience includes finance and customer services within blue chip companies. In her spare time Marta enjoys playing badminton and dancing. Her interests include alternative therapies such as reiki.
Aaron Navin | Account Co-ordinator - Workplace | Start date: 2016
Aaron joined KI in 2016 as the logistics planner. In this role, he works alongside the workplace team and oversees the planning of deliveries and installations. This includes co-ordinating between warehouses, shippers and clients to ensure everything goes as planned. Prior to working at KI, Aaron has had previous experience in the furniture industry, having been part of the sales and customer service team at a domestic furniture retailer. In his spare time, Aaron can be found indulging his competitive nature, whether it be on the football pitch, tennis court or card table.
Sarah Deamer | Project Manager - Workplace | Start date: 2019
Sarah started life at KI on the Workplace Sales Support team before transitioning to the Middle East division where she became Operations Manager. In February 2019, she took on the role of Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of major projects from bid submittal to their delivery and installation. Sarah graduated with a degree in Woven Textiles and has experience in both B2B and B2C furniture sales administration. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys socialising with friends, cooking and running in the sunshine.
Joanna Laverty | Operations & Bids Manager, All Markets, Middle East | Start date: 2018
Joanna started working at KI in 2018 and began on the education sales support team as Team Leader. In September, she took on the role of Operations Manager in the Middle East, liaising with dealers, factories and forwarders. Prior to KI, Joanna has previous experience of customer service roles both in the UK and Austria. She also has previous experience in the Nuclear Material Accounting field thanks to her time in the United Nations. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys learning Japanese, reading, solving crossword puzzles and traveling, with Chiang Mai being her favourite location in the world.
Christina Mackenzie | Account Co-ordinator, All Markets, Middle East | Start date: 2014
Christina joined KI in the summer of 2014 as an office junior, and has since grown to join our Sales Support team. Christina provides support to customers in the Middle East alongside one of KI’s major UK accounts. Christina’s role involves liaising with clients, arranging shipments, deliveries & installations, producing quotes and processing orders. Prior to joining KI, she worked for a national hotel company's online reservations department. Outside of work, Christina enjoys life in the countryside, walking her dogs, spending time with her family and socialising with friends.
Jennifer Hiden | Senior Account Co-ordinator - Education | Start date: 2019
Jennifer joined KI in 2019. Previously Jennifer had worked within the Pharmaceutical industry for 5 years as an Account Manager for Europe and the MENA regions. Jennifer is currently renovating her ‘Forever home’ and is looking forward to spending a lot of time in France during her weekends, where her parents live.
Megan Lenton | Account Co-ordinator - Education | Start date: 2019
Megan joined KI in 2019. Previously Megan had worked within the Brewing and Wine trade in Burton on Trent, which is famous for its brewing industries. In her spare time Megan enjoys going on holiday, normally 3+ times a year. She also likes taking her dog Betsy for walks and enjoys visiting Royal Ascot.
Lee Andrews | Design Manager | Start date: 2006
Lee has a degree in Product Design and has worked in the contract furnishing industry for over 15 years. He manages KI’s design and space planning team and is responsible for all design, 3D visualisation, technical illustrations, photography, and CAD planning. He also specialises in client specific tailoring and customisation of product. Lee enjoys sports, particularly triathlon, so most weekends he will be swimming, cycling or running or all three!
Grace Souky | Designer | Start date: 2018
Grace has over 10 years of experience working for product design studios as well as established furniture brands. She holds a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York and a degree in Architecture from Universidad Simón Bolívar in her native Venezuela. Her designs have been featured in exhibitions throughout Latin America, United States and Europe and featured in publications such as Wallpaper* and Architectural Digest. Outside of work, Grace enjoys spending time with her family and dog, travelling somewhere beachy and baking.
George Drake-Lee | Design & Space Planning | Start date: 2020
George joined KI in 2020. He has a degree in Product Design and has worked in the furniture industry since leaving university. His role includes supporting technical, design and space planning needs within the product design and development team. Outside of work George is a keen car enthusiast and enjoys spending his weekends restoring his classic mini, travelling, surfing and socialising with friends.
Ellie Farrier | Design Project Manager | Start date: 2018
Ellie acts as the team co-ordinator to the design team, assisting in the coordination and management of design projects. She supports the management team and design engineers in product development and product introduction. She works with third party supply chain partners, develops detailed project plans and oversees the administration of product testing. Prior to KI, Ellie completed an apprenticeship at a public relations agency and then went on to work at a children’s charity in both the fundraising and PR/Celebrity departments. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys getting outdoors, travelling both the UK and further afield, spending time with her family, walking her dogs and socialising with friends.
Thomas Morris-Thurgood | Financial Controller | Start date: 2007
Tom has been working at KI since early 2007 and works within the accounts department as a fellow member of ACCA. His role is to ensure the day-to-day running of the finance function runs smoothly as well as dealing with regulatory and compliance issues and everything in between. Prior to working at KI Tom gained a degree in Mathematics and helped setup a not for profit organisation. When Tom is not working he loves to play golf, socialise with his friends and fancies himself as a bit of a bedroom DJ!
Anna Lowczecka | Management Accountant | Start date: 2011
As Management Accountant at KI, Anna is involved in producing the management reports. She also oversees client invoicing and credit control. Anna is undertaking her ACCA accountancy exams and hopes to complete her qualification soon. In the past, she worked as an office co-ordinator and bookkeeper for a recruitment consultancy firm. In her spare time, apart from studying for exams, Anna enjoys cycling and all forms of dancing.
Krystian Szczerbiak | Finance Assistant | Start date: 2015
Krystian joined KI in November 2015 as a Finance Assistant. He looks after accounts payable, ensuring that all suppliers are paid on time. Shortly after graduating from university, Krystian worked for a media company where he gained his first experience in finance. He is now undertaking ACCA exams to become a chartered accountant. In his free time, Krystian enjoys cycling, horse riding, cinema, catching up with friends, cooking and trying new restaurants.
Rishi Mehra | Marketing Manager | Start date: 2014
Joining the team in February 2014 as marketing manager, Rishi is responsible for developing KI’s brand and supporting the sales teams’ business development activities. Rishi’s broad marketing expertise has been gained across hospitality, tourism, recruitment, public sector and not-for-profit. Contrary to popular belief, Rishi insists he has not lost his Australian accent.
Philippa Goodall | Executive Assistant & HR Manager | Start date: 2019
Philippa joined KI in 2019 as Executive Assistant to Jonathan Hindle (Group Managing Director, EMEA). In addition, she is the HR Manager for the London office, working closely with the Operations Assistant. Previous to KI, Philippa worked as a private PA in a family office. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and loves all aspects of fitness and sport, mainly consisting of CrossFit and will always choose to walk everywhere if she can!
Amy Huke | Operations Assistant | Start date: 2018
Amy joined KI in 2018 as the Operations Assistant. Outside of work you will find her in the gym, spending time with family & friends and travelling to new places.
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