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 Initial Designs. Zoe is also our sustainability champion, keeping us ahead of the game as we constantly strive for a greener future.

Zoe Holland

Marketing Manager 

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

Helps guide you through the Sustainable Kitchens journey from initial enquiries to aftercare. 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. He leads one half of the workshop team and is a long standing member of Sustainable Kitchens.

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

Charlie Stewart- Sustainable Kitchens

A talented maker in his own rights, Charlie joined the Sustainable Kitchens team bringing a wealth of woodworking knowledge.

Charlie Stewart

Furniture Maker

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 

Ruari is our second workshop supervisor, he trains our new starters and is a real dedicated, valued member of our team.

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

Sean Friery

CAD Technician

BEn Toomer

Furniture Installer 

Roger - Sustainable Kitchens Maker

Roger Sheldon

Furniture Maker & Painter


Furniture Maker

Lucy Xu

Customer Support 


Furniture Painter

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