Our History

It all started back in 2006, when Sam was renovating an old town house in Gloucestershire. He had a simple idea; to start making high quality furniture from ethical materials.

Today, Sustainable Kitchens is a close-knit team of skilled creative professionals operating with the environment at the heart of everything we do.


Sam founded Sustainable Kitchens in 2006 with a toolbox and a small van originally working on bespoke commissions from luxury tree houses to cafes and bars. In late 2008 he took on his first bespoke kitchen and he hasn't looked back since. Sams creativity and passion drives the company and he has built a renowned ethical business, a top quality product and a fantastic professional team.

Sam Shaw

Founder & Creative Director

Derek has extensive commercial and operational experience gained in a wide range of manufacturing industries, from carbon fibre car wheels to architectural building systems. He champions the adoption of lean practices across the business, and is developing systems to ensure continued high quality sustainable products and the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Derek Lloyd

Operations Director

Phil Jarrat

Phil heads up our team of incredibly talented furniture makers. Phil studied furniture making and restoration and has worked in some of the most prestigious workshops in England, Australia and New Zealand. Phil's eye for detail is second to none so nothing leaves the workshop without his seal approval.

Phil jarratt

Manufacturing & Workshop Manager 


With a passion for interiors and a background in marketing, Zoe runs all aspects of our marketing from the initial contact to the final photography shoot. Zoe manages all aspects of our Customer Journey and Design Team.

Zoe Holland

Head of Marketing & Creative

Nobody works or smiles as hard as Gianluca. Known for his site singing as much as his fabulous all round joinery and installation skills. His can do attitude is so infectious that you won't want him to leave!

gianluca dessena

Site & Installation Supervisor

Kit heads up our technical CAD team ensuring the beautiful designs are translated in a way our workshop can then craft and build.

Kit Powe

Technical Design Manager

Lindsay Taylor

Our Project Manager takes clients from Project Sign off to the final lick of paint. Lindsay will work closely with your builder, architects and other trades to ensure a seamless journey. Lindsay is on hand to answer all your questions with a wealth of design and kitchen knowledge.

Lindsay Anderson

Project Manager

Barney Moore

With a degree in Product and Furniture Design in London and years of bench experience, Barney is our incredibly talented all-rounder, equally at home in the workshop and in the design studio. Barney has recently moved to office life ensuring that the furniture we create is meticulously engineered and surveyed. He is a long-standing member of Sustainable Kitchens and we are extremely lucky to have his passion and knowledge.

Barney Moore

Furniture Maker & Workshop Supervisor


Charlie studied Industrial Design & Technology then completed an internship in Graphic Design at Loughborough University before starting work as a kitchen designer. Charlie's designs are beautiful, unique and timeless and we are lucky to have her on the team at Sustainable kitchens.

Charlie Draper

Kitchen Designer

Alessandra Colpo - Interior Architect

You'll most likely hear from Alessandra once scheduling in a Design Consultation call. Ale will take the time to understand your brief and floor plans all whilst getting to know you and your family and how you use your space. With expert kitchen knowledge, she will transform that into a showstopping design bespoke to you and your family.



Seb Scarr

Furniture Maker
Matt Higgins

From designing premium bars to bespoke kitchens, Matt’s aim as a designer is to create spaces and designs that are of heirloom quality, designs that will last for years to come, designs you can’t resist cherishing. He has been nominated for KBB's Kitchen Designer of The Year.

Matt higgins

Kitchen Designer

Dave Lawrence - Sustainable Kitchens

Straight out of New Zealand! Dave joined the team as a workshop maker bringing our kitchens to life

Dave Lawrence

Furniture Maker 

With a wealth of workshop knowledge, Ruari is our workshop supervisor and ensures that our furniture is crafted with the utmost care and ensures seamless flow through the workshop

Ruari Floyd

Furniture Maker & Workshop Supervisor

You'll most likely see Myke once your kitchen is installed. Myke hand-paints our kitchens whilst completing all snags, he's our final check on site and a jack of all trades!

Myke Littler

Furniture Maker & Painter

Sean - Sustainable Kitchens CAD Engineer

Our CAD technical, taking our beautiful designs and engineering them whilst ensuring each aspect, join and integration work seamlessly together. Sean is a joy to have in the office and even cooks up a storm on our Bora hob!

Sean Friery

CAD Technician

You'll most likely find Ben installing your kitchen. Working with Gianluca, they really are the dream team and a pleasure to have on site. Ben makes sure the furniture is expertly installed for you to enjoy for many years to come

BEn Toomer

Furniture Installer 

Roger - Sustainable Kitchens Maker

Roger is our all rounder, painting and making kitchens - You may even see him onsite handpainting the final lick of paint

Roger Sheldon

Furniture Maker & Painter

Once our kitchens have been painted and crafted, they make their way to Olly who constructs and checks each cabinet to ensure that they are perfect and prepared for site


Furniture Maker

You'll most likely hear from Lucy when contacting via email or telephone who will tell you all about Sustainable Kitchens and start your bespoke kitchen design journey

Lucy Xu

Customer Support 

Fin prepares, varnishes and paints every aspect of the kitchen - It is a real skill! His patience and precision shines through on the quality of each door and cabinet


Furniture Painter

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