At Guild Anderson we have been crafting exceptional furniture since Nick and Hannah founded the company in 2003. The exceptional talent of our employees is paramount to what we do, the company wouldn’t be the same without our team of experienced designers, furniture makers and office staff with over 150 years of combined expertise.
Nick came to designing and making furniture after studying Naval Architecture followed by seven years in the IT industry. Knowing his heart really lay in setting up his own business and returning to his creative design roots, Nick convinced his wife, Hannah, to swap work for adventure, spending a year cycling through New Zealand and south-east Asia, gave the Andersons time to reflect on what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. After much thought and turning of pedals, the idea of Nick making his own furniture became a reality on their return when a chance meeting with Mark Wilkinson led to a position in his workshop to learn the trade. His fascination and enthusiasm for furniture design remains undiminished. It is the challenge of taking a client’s dreams and turning them into a beautifully functioning reality that continues to inspire Nick in every project.
Hannah says the best part of her job is photographing the completed kitchens: "It’s a wonderful thing meeting a happy client after a project is finished and seeing them in their beautiful new home." "There is so much to be proud of, the fantastic team that are Guild Anderson and the hard work and experience that goes into every project we make."
Phil is an experienced director within many functions of substantial UK and US companies. He also has experience in building his own small companies, selling on the web and building property in France. Without Phil Guild Anderson wouldn't be where it is today.
Kate studied interior design at school, she loves problem solving and spatial planning as well as the creative side of the job. She relishes that every client is different and the personal process that goes into every project.
A fantastic cabinet maker and now a Technical Supervisor, who has been with us for 11 years. Pete can turn his hand to anything and says 'he particularly enjoys the technical side and challenges of cabinet making, which means that no two projects are ever the same.'
Steve has become a fully qualified furniture maker during his time at Guild Anderson, passing his NVQ3 and has recently been promoted to workshop manager. Steve makes sure that things run smoothly in the workshop and that production is on schedule.
Lauren is very much part of the design team at Guild Anderson and has been with us for a couple of years now. “I love the approach Guild Anderson have and how they will go the extra mile to create something truly unique for each client.”
Sam has an exctiting new role which will see him head up Project Managing for all our designers. A role that has been created to harness his client facing abilities, his attention to detail and 360 degree ability; allowing for even better communication between Guild Anderson’s design team and builders or architects on site.
Lewis recently joined our design team as Junior Furniture Designer. Having studied Industrial Design at University, his previous work experience is in both commercial and residential design, and is a highly skilled draftsman. He has embraced his new role and is now an integral member of the design team.
Ian started as Guild Anderson's first apprentice, in 2004. He went on to study furniture making at High Wycombe, rejoining the team after further training with another workshop. He says of Guild Anderson 'I am so impressed with the way the company has grown over the last 14 years, I feel very proud of what we do here.'
Duncan is a relatively new member of the GA workshop team. He very recently married after a long courtship to the lovely Theresa and feels life is complete now. He enjoys the mix of technical and traditional work, which comes with CNC and assembly.
Stewart is a relatively new member of the workshop team, previously he was a site carpenter but missed woodworking so thought GA was a great opportunity. He takes great pride in his job and loves the quality that is produced.
Polly's previous experience includes working within the luxury bespoke furniture sector and hotel management. Delivering quality customer service is an integral element to her work ethic.
Our most recent member of the team Nic, has championed herself as a fantastic cake baker a skill we value very highly in the office as well as being incredibly organised and efficient. Needless to say we think she's amazing!
'I have been making bespoke items of furniture for many years which has given me an eye for detail. I enjoy the challenge of producing something that is funtional yet stylish and I look forward to expanding my skills and knowledge further.'
A relatively new employee to the company Sam enjoys the GA workshop, saying that it is super organised and has everything you could wish. In his free time he enjoys climbing especially when he's on holiday, in different countries.
Our new apprentice James comes fresh out of Gillingham school, he studied A-Level in product design and maths and BTEC in applied science. It's always exciting to have a new apprentice learning the role and at over 6ft he's great at reaching the top of the wood pile.
Knowledge and skill is everything in a business such as this and Gordon has it in spades, although he comes from a farming background and still keeps cattle at home. Gordon has 45 years of experience and is a highly valued member of the workshop team.
I am have now completed my year two cabinetry apprenticeship and I'm really enjoying learning new things in the workshop, I am now the main CNC operative and I feel in control of my future. Outside of work I enjoying doing small projects for myself which gives me even more experience.
John joined GAF straight from college as an apprentice, 'ever since I helped my father construct a shed when I was eleven I knew that I wanted to make a living by making things. I have really enjoyed the time that I've been here and look forward to starting my apprenticeship training.'
Catherine recently retired and moved to the beautiful lake district, where she can continue her passion for dinghy sailing. We couldn't cut the ties with her completely and she now manages our PAYE from her cooler climes!
Although new to the company, Dave says he is delighted to join the team and brings with him 25 years of experience in furniture production. He is eager to learn and feels Guild Anderson's wide project portfolio will enable him to expand his knowledge even further.
Neil is a master when it comes to painting kitchen cabinetry. He has been painting for us for the last fifteen years and is a genius at achieving the perfect brush stroke. Most of us hate prep work when decorating, but for Neil it's a religion and as close to paint perfection as you can get.