Showroom/Design Team

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    • Richard Jewkes – Managing & Design Director

      Richard Jewkes’ experience in the interiors industry is vast. With a background in design and build, Richard set up KC Design House in the year 2000 – but not before thoroughly researching the market and the wants and needs of his clientele.

      Previously, Richard spent time working at his own family-run electrical appliance company and a number of self-driven property development projects. Spotting a gap in the market for a high quality kitchen design and installation service, he worked on setting up KC Design House.

      An absolute labour of love, Richard stops at nothing to create breathtakingly beautiful lifestyle kitchens for clients in and around Yorkshire. It’s this attention to detail, his passion and drive for being the very best and his decades of experience which ensures each and every kitchen designed by the team is nothing short of perfect.

      A father of two and step-father of three, the Denby Dale-born family man rarely has a free hour. But when he isn’t spending time with his wife and their children, he can be found cycling, gardening or working on his own home improvements.

      He’s as committed to his clients’ interiors projects as he is his own, and he relishes the challenge of transforming his own home whenever time allows. It’s his competitive, perfectionist nature which ensures everything he works on leaves a lasting impression on all who see it.

      A self-confessed workaholic, Richard loves working with people and enjoys any opportunity to contribute to their ultimate lifestyle kitchen.

    • Helen J
    • Helen – General Manager

      Helen is our proactive general manager, monitoring our working practices and company policies. Always looking for ways to improve efficiency across our entire operation, Helen plays a key role in maintaining a cohesive and well-functioning workplace.  

    • Richard Thurlow
    • Richard – Head of Design

      A keen hiker and photography fan, Richard’s our Head of Design here in our Clayton West showroom.

      Originally meeting our founder Richard Jewkes in 2006 during the design phase of the then-new KC showroom in his role as national studio designer for a German kitchen manufacturer, Richard began working with us in 2008; initially as a freelancer, and quickly going on to become a permanent team member. 

      Introducing new CAD software and illustration techniques, which have not only assisted our manufacturing process but revolutionised the way in which we design and present to our clients, Richard is instrumental in helping people achieve their unique ‘wish list’.

      Beginning his career in manufacturing, his background is in kitchens and he loves keeping an eye on the latest styles & innovations and integrating them into the projects of our clients.

    • Emma C
    • Emma – Senior Designer

      Born in North Manchester, Emma saw the light and moved to Yorkshire! With a long background in kitchen design, she’s a vital member of the team and our resident SieMatic expert.

      With over 20 years' experience working with German manufacturers, Emma helps clients achieve their wish list in terms of their perfect kitchen. She might be working with architects on a new build one week, to taking a brief from a client with an existing property the next. 

      Thanks to a degree in Textiles and Design, Emma is equipped to offer clients inspiration when it comes to flooring, wallpaper and even paint shades, too – and for her, nothing is more exciting than seeing how pleased a client is when they view their new kitchen.

      A fan of "the great outdoors", Emma can often be found out walking in the Lakes, or taking in an exhibition at a UK art gallery.

    • Charlotte J
    • Charlotte – Designer

      With a background in interior design, Charlotte has made an outstanding contribution to KC Design House in recent years. She might also be one of the very first people you meet as you walk through the doors of our Clayton West showroom and her friendly approach ensures a warm welcome for all our clients. 

      For our designer, nothing’s more exciting than assisting clients with their design and interior wish lists. Creating personalised sample boards for our clients, Charlotte’s keen eye for detail means she often hits the nail on the head when it comes to colour schemes and finishes.

      Juggling her role with an open learning course in interior design, Charlotte’s week is a hectic one. That said, she always finds time to see her family and friends, alongside a few hours spent decorating her house at the weekend.

    • Jason Chaplin
    • Jason – Project Manager

      Our middleman (in that he’s central to everything we do), Jason spins more than a few plates (not literally, mind!) here at KC Design House. 

      He’s a hands-on, highly-trained and skilled craftsmen with extensive knowledge of the kitchen and interiors industry. From initial survey right through to completion, Jason works closely with all our clients to keep things smooth, organised and under control. 

      It’s a long working week for our hard-working project manager, so it’s a good job he loves what he does. With broad, first-hand knowledge of project installations and its processes, he’s well-versed in the high standards we – and our clients – demand.

      Outside of work, Jason’s a devoted Dad to his little boy, as well as a keen mountain biker.

    • Kitchen Project Coordinator
    • Peter – After-sales & Procurement

      Joining the original family business some four decades ago, Peter is the hub of everything at KC and longest serving team member. Pete's been there...and got the T-shirt!

      Constantly evolving to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of both our clients’ projects and our showroom, Peter’s role sees him gain the trust of clients, suppliers and contractors alike with his range of responsibilities. If you have a question, Peter’s your man – and the show (or rather, showroom) would quite literally grind to a halt without him.

      With a background in appliance engineering, Peter’s a big family man and keen follower of the 'beautiful game'!

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    • Tracy – Company Accountant

      When it comes to her role, our accountant Tracy couldn’t imagine doing anything else. And she almost hasn’t; since being with the company from day one, Tracy’s worked with our founder for more than 23 years.

      She tells us accounting in general ‘helps keep her ticking over’ by ensuring her mind is always active – and we’re sure the workload here in our showroom more than keeps her busy too.

      Known at KC as the ‘engine master’, Tracy helps the business go from strength to strength, with her light-hearted humour a hit with our team. In her free time, she takes a break from numbers by spending time with her two daughters, hitting the gym or heading to a dance class.

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    • Henry the Dog

      Arguably the most important member of the team in our Clayton West showroom, Henry continues to delight clients visiting our West Yorkshire premises. Meeting and greeting on arrival, Henry’s always eager to please, wagging his tail and generally making himself known to clients, old and new.

      A valued member of the team, it’s true that day-to-day life here at KC just wouldn’t be the same without our Henry.