The Team

Our professional team are an intrinsic part of The Secret Drawer.

Richard

Owner and Furniture Designer
Finding a passion for woodworking at school, and then completing a cabinet making apprenticeship, I realised I had a natural talent for design and started to work for myself.

After over 30 years my passion for wood and design burns as brightly as ever and I consider myself extremely fortunate to work in the environment I do, with the like-minded professionals within my team.

I am especially proud to have been named the UK’s ‘Cabinetmaker of the Year’ twice.

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It's no secret...

The Secret Drawer was nearly called The Carpentry Shop until a client learnt about the secret drawer in their dresser and said “why not call the company The Secret Drawer?”

Emily

Senior Furniture Designer
After studying Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University, I was lucky enough to travel around the world, gaining great inspiration from fantastic architecture and spaces. I joined The Secret Drawer in December 2014 to fulfil my ambition of becoming a furniture designer. My role is varied and includes visiting clients for briefings and site surveys; completing hand and CAD drawings; and keeping up to date with changes and developments in the interiors industry to ensure we offer the most comprehensive options available. I work individually on projects and sometimes alongside Richard, managing every element from concept to completion.

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It's no secret...

That I would love to own my own home full of Secret Drawer furniture which I have designed!

Andrew

Senior Furniture Designer
After graduating from High Wycombe furniture college, I spent the first eight years of my career making furniture and learning practical skills. Since then, I have designed furniture and interiors, working for over 25 years in the industry, across a broad range of manufacturers and companies in the public and private sectors. I’m a strong believer in attention to detail which is paramount to my role at The Secret Drawer. I work on a variety of projects, working collaboratively from initial design brief to final hand over.

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It's no secret...

I’m passionate about the outdoors and a keen runner.

Sue

Interior Designer
My formal qualifications are in Spatial Design, bringing to The Secret Drawer my passion for design and colour. I have a wealth of experience throughout the interiors fields and regularly atend industry events to ensure my knowledge is second to none. Based at the Skipton showroom, I enjoy using my versatility and creativity to find solutions for clients' requirements.

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It's no secret...

I love colour, design and interiors and being able to express this through the varied projects we work on at the Secret Drawer.

Katie

HR Coordinator and Bookkeeper
After graduating from the University of London in Law 21 years ago, I worked in HR for over 20 years. I am a Fellow of CIPD and have worked for a variety of industries at a senior level including bread, sweets and beds. I trained as a bookkeeper 3 years ago. I love the fact that I wear so many hats at the Secret Drawer – my day might consist of looking after the accounts, doing HR, recruiting for roles and looking after customers. It’s fast paced, and every day is different.

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It's no secret...

I do a lot of volunteer work for local charities, and I am a leader at Brownies and Rainbows.

When I get the time I enjoy walking, Pilates and socialising with friends.

Jane

Office Manager
The smooth running of the company is my main mission; I also help the designers manage all projects from raising the first invoice to ordering the last fixture or fitting needed for a client.

As a fully qualified Landscape Architect I am used to running complex projects and I'm able to use these skills in the day to day operation of The Secret Drawer.

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It's no secret...

On my wish list is a lovingly handcrafted beehive for my bees as I know of no challenge too great (or small) for our cabinetmakers.

Lisa

Design Coordinator

After graduating from Birmingham University in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management I worked for a luxury cruise company for more than 28 years. The illustrious clientele catered for included members of the Royal Family including HM The Queen. A highlight of my career so far was attending the Coronation Festival in the grounds of Buckingham Palace in 2013. I pride myself on providing the highest levels of customer service ensuring a smooth and enjoyable Secret Drawer experience for our customers.



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It's no secret...

I love baking and in particular speciality cakes for special occasions. My most elaborate creation was a 4-tier wedding cake including handmade sugar roses and flowers.

I also enjoy gardening and I am an avid football fan I am an enthusiastic Newcastle United supporter.

Fiona

Marketing Coordinator

After graduating from UMIST I started my marketing career with a company owned by BP. I have since worked for other multi-nationals, brand leading franchise organisations, as well as family-owned businesses. With over 30 years of marketing experience my avid interest in and love of marketing remains.

My role at The Secret Drawer is to maintain our brand presence and authority across multiple channels and to help our customers have a great experience with us at every stage.



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It's no secret...

I love dancing and spend most weekends at dances. I also run dance classes teaching Charleston and Lindy Hop.

Darren

Production Manager
Since an early age, I’ve had a passion for making things by hand. After leaving school I completed an advanced diploma in design, then in 1995 started an apprenticeship and took the route of cabinet maker to follow my passion for creating fine pieces of furniture.

As Production Manager I look after the team of cabinet makers, finishers, fitters and the day to day running of the workshop.

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It's no secret...

Nothing pleases me more than seeing the transformation of raw timber to a finished piece of furniture.

Tony

Furniture Finisher & Painter

I’m involved with every piece of furniture created in the workshop, literally providing the finishing touches. We apply Farrow & Ball, Paint & Paper Library and other high-quality paints for our painted furniture and various lacquers and polishes to our timber furniture.



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It's no secret...

You will occasionally see me out on site putting a final coat onto furniture once it has been fitted, ensuring our high-quality finish.

John

Senior Cabinetmaker

I've worked for The Secret Drawer for over 20 years as a senior cabinetmaker. I enjoy working on such varied projects from start to finish and helping to train our apprentices.



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It's no secret...

I love the beauty of hand cut dovetail joints on traditional drawer boxes.

John

Senior Cabinetmaker
I’ve been a cabinetmaker since leaving school in 1988 and hold City and Guilds qualifications in Bench Joinery. I have a specialist interest in woodcarving and hand carve all the details we feature, such as the hand carved apple boxes in our kitchens and pantries.

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It's no secret...

I love the noise made by a freshly sharpened hand plane as it removes a crisp shaving from the piece of wood.

Jonathan

Senior Cabinetmaker
Jonathan joined The Secret Drawer in 2018 bringing with him over 30 years of experience as a specialist bench joiner in the building and property industry. Now one of our senior cabinetmakers he also helps train our apprentices.

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It's no secret...

A keen cyclist and fell runner, Jonathan spends much of his spare time in the great outdoors of Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Dave

Furniture Fitter
I’m a qualified cabinetmaker, carpenter and joiner with over 20 years' experience in the furniture industry. I started with The Secret Drawer as an experienced cabinetmaker and now work on site fitting all our furniture.

Working to a tight schedule I ensure the high levels of quality workmanship achieved in the workshop are maintained in the final product as it arrives in our clients’ homes.

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It's no secret...

It takes a long time to become a Secret Drawer fitter; I was a cabinetmaker with The Secret Drawer for six years before becoming a fitter.

Andy

Specialist Painter & Decorator
I have worked as a painter and decorator for over 19 years initially learning the trade from my father. I joined The Secret Drawer over nine years ago to provide our clients with a professional decorating service as part of our full in-house service.

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It's no secret...

Completing a job and handing over to a satisfied client is my favourite stage of the job.

John

Builder & Tiler
I’ve been employed by the Secret Drawer for the past ten years and previous to this as a sub-contractor. The changes and business growth I have witnessed over this time has been very impressive.

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It's no secret...

Seeing Richard establish the business with underpinning values for quality and continuous improvement is key to the job satisfaction I get from my work at The Secret Drawer.

James

Junior Cabinetmaker

I joined The Secret Drawer in 2017 as an Apprentice Cabinetmaker, mentored by Darren Lambert, Production Manager. I qualified in 2020 and work as a Junior Cabinetmaker looking after a variety of projects from start to finish.



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It's no secret...

I’m a keen golfer. When I'm not in the Workshop there's a good chance you'll find me on the golf course.

Benjamin

Apprentice Cabinetmaker
Benji is our Apprentice Cabinetmaker, joining the team in 2021 shortly after leaving school. Based in the Skipton workshop, he is mentored by our team of senior cabinetmakers and is part of the North Lancashire Training Group scheme.

Benjamin is under the watchful eye of senior cabinet makers to ensure he maintains the excellent standards of his more experienced colleagues. He works on projects from start to finish and the end results just takes Benjamin a little longer and we give him this time to ensure that the highest quality is achieved. As with all our projects, Benjamin’s work is signed off for quality by our furniture designer Richard Mason.



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It's no secret...

My hobbies include mixed martial arts.

Eddie

Cabinetmaker

I’ve been a cabinetmaker for over 50 years, and I love it now as much as I did when I started half a century ago. I did a 6-year apprenticeship, and the bulk of my career was spent travelling all over the world creating studio and production spaces and outside broadcast stages and sets for TV. I have worked as far afield as the Middle East and New Zealand.

I enjoy my work and I couldn’t pinpoint any one thing I enjoy the most. I love the variety at The Secret Drawer and being able to do projects from start to finish.



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It's no secret...

I build models in my spare time especially ships from the American Civil War. I have also created a model of the first ever submarine dating to the 1870’s.

Ethan

Cabinetmaker

I first started learning my craft with my dad Eddie when I was 17. I decided I liked it very much and would pursue a career in cabinetmaking. At 21 I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Furniture Making from Leeds College of Art.

I have worked for high end, bespoke furniture manufacturers. I am very pleased to be part of the Secret Drawer team and it is a luxury and a privileged to have a work bench next to my father, as well as having the space and the time to devote to projects that I will take full responsibility for from start to finish.

I enjoy the precision of cabinetmaking, particularly engineering dovetail joints.



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It's no secret...

I enjoy cycling and climbing but more recently bouldering has taken over as my number one hobby. I go bouldering 3 times a week.

Daniel

Cabinetmaker

I passed my bench joinery level 3 NVQ and have been a cabinet maker for 11 years. I have worked for bespoke furniture manufacturers in the past but since I joined The Secret Drawer my skill levels have improved exponentially – as has my satisfaction in my work. I think this is because of the one cabinetmaker, one job philosophy. I like seeing projects through from start to finish.



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It's no secret...

I enjoy running and have tried lots of martial arts in the past. My current favourite is Ju-Jitsu.

WORKING TOGETHER

Here we try and give you a flavour of how we work but we always welcome a chat too, either in person or over the phone.