Who we are
Featherstone has attracted a team of professionals who have a wealth of expertise and experience but also share our core values.
CEO and Design Director
After nearly two decades of working as head of design, lead pitch designer and design technician for some pretty well-known design and build businesses, Simon was frustrated by the lack of clarity and collaboration offered by traditional firms in the sector… and felt his creativity was stifled.
That’s why he formed Featherstone Consultants in 2011. Today Featherstone has grown to a multi-million turnover business, but Simon still retains that same passion to do things differently – and more collaboratively – that he had on day one.
An interior architecture graduate from Leeds University, Simon has helped to create some outstanding spaces raging from workplaces to museums and exhibitions to retail and residential property. Among his recent projects are some landmark buildings including offices in the iconic Scalpel in the heart of the City of London as well as design and build projects for well-known brands such as Beats.
As an insightful and patient designer, he is always mindful of how each client wants to use their space, the different cultural ways of working and the importance of brand within the built environment. Combined with his strong technical background, and skills in master planning and space auditing, Simon excels in enabling clients to get the very best out of their property.
He has built a team of experienced professionals around him who share his values – this enables Featherstone to deliver an end-to-end service with a strong focus on quality and extracting best value through tendering and careful project management.
Scott has done some long stints for some big design companies, but after 25 years in the business wanted to be more creative and work as part of a collaborative team. ‘I wanted to be able to put my own stamp on my designs and also take them further, getting involved in their delivery and to be part of the whole process,’ he says.
That’s why he joined Featherstone. His most useful skill is ‘listening’. So do not expect Scott to walk through to door with preconceived design ideas that he will impose on you. ‘I get to know the company and how it works and get to understand what they want,’ says Scott.
It is an approach that works with Scott saying the feedback from clients is often ‘We went with you guys because you listened to what we told you and you really understand us’. Starting out in CAD straight out of college, Scott has honed his design skills over the years and admits his personal passion is colour. Don’t be surprised if he takes you round the showrooms to help inspire your choices. Whether you are looking for high-end design or something that is a little more on a budget, he says you cannot beat actually looking at and feeling the different fabrics and finishes. His 3-D visuals also help bring his designs to life and he says good design has to be as close to the clients’ vision as possible.
Jayan is very calm, with a great eye for detail and years of experience when it comes to the entire design and fit-out process from concept to completion. He brings his own creativity to each project, but this is from a very practical perspective, which means he will source creative solutions that work and meet our clients’ needs (and not just those that look good).
Starting his career working for a manufacturer and interiors business, he says that while the pre-planning and post-planning side of commercial interiors may not be so glamorous, clients gain a new appreciation (particularly for the logistical side) of what he does when everything arrives where and when it should.
Jayan was one of the first recruits at Featherstone, helping it to become a multi-million pound turnover organisation, and, as such, has a huge portfolio of work from corporate headquarters for hedge funds to more urban/resi offices for tech companies. ‘The right product will have the right look, right feel and right budget’ say Jayan who works with our design brief to source everything… and that has included desks that lock together like snakes so they can fit round pillars to a pool table that turns into a meeting desk and even an old-fashioned phone box.
Business Development Director
If you like working with boring, corporate hard-sell “suits”, then you won’t like Andy. He is affable, approachable and he feels it is important to have a connection with clients because, at the end of the day, people do business with people.
Andy used to work in sales for the interiors division of a big name building company but found that it lacked the personal touch, so feels right at home at Featherstone where he leads the client-facing business development department. What he loves about Featherstone is ‘we have a great client base of some really fantastic brands, we have a strong presence, we have a great network and we are recommended quite a lot of the time’.
What makes him so good at his job is that he is genuinely interested in what prospective clients want and really getting to understand them as well as their business.
Get to know him and you will inevitably end up talking about one of his other passions … football, golf, food or music. In an earlier career, Andy used to be a DJ and music producer (his wife had a record label too). When he is not on the golf course or the terraces cheering on Portsmouth, he is watching his son play football or golf.
Interior Architect and Designer
Alice, who graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree from Kingston University, is one of the brightest new interior designers of her generation.
Highly proficient in the latest design software, she brings a fresh perspective to Featherstone complementing the wealth of experience we already have on the team.
She says her real passion is design that makes a “positive difference”.
“During my training, when I walked around workspaces and public sector buildings, I saw too many that did not work well for people…and that has always been my inspiration,” says Alice, who favours natural materials such as glass, wood and concrete, in her designs.
One of her initial projects was redesigning a Maggie’s Centre hospice, where she used architectural elements such as natural lighting and natural materials, to help create a more welcoming, calm and relaxing space. She is also passionate about how spaces work for different age groups as well as those with disabilities, as her mother walks with a stick, and says that out of all the firms she considered joining, she chose Featherstone because of its collaborative approach to working… adding “as an organization, Featherstone is good at listening – and that is great for me as a designer as my ideas are heard. But it is also important for our clients as we really listen to what they want from their spaces.”
Head of Investment and Development
For last 10 years Freddie has been working in both client-side and commercial agency roles across the Home Counties and London. Freddie has largely worked on the disposal and acquisition of investment and development opportunities.
Whilst at Hicks Baker he topped Costar’s chart for the most active capital markets agent based in the Berkshire & Hampshire market in both 2019 and 2020.
Freddie has joined Featherstone as the Head of Investment and Development and will be supplementing the company’s current offering by growing the acquisition and disposal arm of the business. He will be working across all asset classes but will have a focus on commercial to residential conversion opportunities.
Freddie is based in the Chilterns and lives with his wife, young daughter and their miniature schnauzer ironically named Maximus! Outside of work he is an avid Scotland rugby fan and can often be found with a disappointed look on his face during the Six nations.
With nearly three decades of experience in design, Rob brings a wide range of skills – and an extensive knowledge of how people use spaces – to each job.
He is a master at making the most of space (which as we all know is at a premium) and also helping organisations to use this space more effectively. Rob has a particular passion for transforming old, inefficient workplaces into cleaner, more contemporary spaces that have a less cluttered, calmer and more creative feel (even when he has accommodated a greater headcount).
Rob believes that we all work better, more happily, more efficiently and more productively in offices that are well designed for their purpose. A workplace that is intelligently and imaginatively utilised is recognised as a powerful motivator in creating a successful organisation…and this is what his designs do so effectively.
Rob has a particular flair for communicating visuals using his extensive tech skills – including the industry-standard design packages such AutoCAD, 3D studio Max, Sketch-up and Photoshop. Combined with his track record of working closely with a range of trades and specialist professionals, Rob also knows how to deliver within set budgets and time scales.
If you had to sum up Stuart in five words it would be “A safe pair of hands”. Having worked on £400 million projects, helping to project manage up to 450 people for some of the most exacting clients in finance, Stuart has a wealth of experience at the highest level.
“I see myself as someone who not only solves problems, but also someone who can identify potential risks before they become problems,” says Stuart who has two-decades of experience delivering, building and testing major projects and has a particular flair for translating technical information into briefings that clients understand. He is also a stickler for detail, a skill he honed in finance, where meeting regulatory and legal requirements are vitally important.
Like everyone at Featherstone, he believes a combination of listening and collaboration are vital for projects to be successful.
Stuart joined Featherstone to work on more “tangible” projects, and to be more hands on. “I wanted a greater connection with the client and to work on a project from beginning to end,” he says.
In addition to his long track-record in project management and construction, Stuart has an HNC in civil engineering (and is studying a degree part-time) and wants to further his interest in sustainable buildings.
“Working with people that make a positive difference to society, and working on buildings that are less harmful to the environment, means I can make a difference too,” says Stuart.
Jo is our go-to person at Featherstone, so if you need to get hold of anyone in our team, arrange meetings, discuss finance … anything… if you cannot get hold of your project manager (highly unlikely) or the finance department, contact Jo.
She has been with Featherstone since 2015 and is known for being calm, organised and really approachable while keeping everything on track.
Jo started career in home country of New Zealand as a wool tester! and office administrator for a large wool brokerage before being quickly promoted to take on payroll and then HR. She moved to London in 1996 working at LIFFE (London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange) for ten years before working as as a consultant/contractor at LCH Clearnet (The London Clearing House), CMC Markets, Standard Bank London and Jersey, and G4S.
During her career in the City of London she gained vast experience in IT procurement and vendor management, particularly IT infrastructure – networks, hardware and software and maintenance contracts, and worked on many large-scale projects.
You’ll find Jo really approachable…so make her your first point of contact if your dedicated team are all busy on site.
Paul is a highly experienced and well respected Chartered Building Surveyor, who brings a wealth of expertise to Featherstone, and our clients.
With around 30 years of practise working on public and private sector projects, Paul is an accredited RICS Dispute Resolution expert and chairs and speaks at several RICS conferences and workshops throughout the year. His articles have been published in Estates Gazette and Building Survey, Valuation and Appraisal and he is also a past Chairman of the Federation of Corporate Real Estate.
Known for his “hands-on” approach to buildings, and with extensive experience in dilapidations, Paul has worked on a number of significant contracts during his career – including for the Metropolitan Police, BT, HM Land Registry and the London Borough of Camden – and has played a role in some of the UK’s major property outsourcing and PFI deals.
Paul’s style of working centres on strong leadership of each project to drive matters through to a successful conclusion.
Nick is probably the one member of the Featherstone management team you will never meet… but will be glad to know that he sits on our board. With 30 plus years of experience in the residential and commercial property sphere, Nick’s role is to provide corporate governance ensuring the right processes and procedures are in place as Featherstone expands and grows.
He has a long track record of picking and backing high-growth firms in a range of sectors (he co-founded the first music dotcom to float in the UK) and extensive experience of building and scaling businesses in a robust fashion.
What appealed to him about Featherstone is that we are creative and innovative, not just in the designs we do as we deliver great spaces for people to work in, but also in the way we do business.
‘Customer-focused, agile & innovative….that is what attracted me to join Featherstone,” says Nick who believes that is why big brands such as Beats choose to partner with Featherstone for their property needs. A psychologist by training and qualified as an NLP master practitioner, Nick really understands what makes people tick. So, while he joined Featherstone to help with processes, he never forgets that we are (at heart) a people business.
Senior Contracts Manager
Years and years of experience in office interiors has given Ryan a great understanding of how to take a concept and turn it into a reality.
Known for his ‘can do’ attitude and straight-forward candid approach, Ryan’s expertise is in understanding what clients want and then translating their vision into something that the trades can deliver.
It helps that he began his career as an apprentice electrician, which gives him an appreciation of the work trades have to do. He speaks their language and so when he says ‘this is what I want and how I need you to do it’, the work gets done just the way the client wants.
‘Featherstone is small enough to care, but big enough to cope’, is how he sums up this approach. Having worked for large organisations, he appreciates that he can now monitor every aspect of a job so nothing gets overlooked. He also says that he can deliver a better result, because Featherstone enables him to be flexible and tailor each job to the client’s needs rather than having to follow a rulebook procedure. Ryan loves this more hands-on way of doing business.
How would we sum him up? That’s easy: Ryan is a safe pair of hands.
Wayne is another of Featherstone’s highly-experienced team. He’s been working on sites for 20 or so years and while he on of our site managers, he is also really hands-on saying “I can do everything”. Starting his career as an electrician, he now manages all the trades including carpenters and plumbers.
Known for getting the job done, even if that means coming in early and working late, he says the highlight of any project is the positive feedback from clients. “I’ve been working for Featherstone for a few years now and we are already seeing clients return, which is great as you know you are doing a good job,” he says.
The thing you are least likely to hear him say is “We can’t do that”. He’s been working in office fit outs for long enough to know how work around any problem. He is honest, straightforward, upfront and great at getting the team to do their best work on site. Although he’s been doing this for a decade or two, he also still really enjoys his job – and that shows in the quality of his work.