Meet the Team
Name: Cathy Whelan
What do you do at Parlour Farm: Office administrator
Description of career and experience: I have worked in the kitchen industry for over five years, I have been trained to verify orders and plans whilst processing new projects ready for manufacture.
Skills/qualifications: I am experienced in customer service, IT, administration; with a high level of organisational and communication skills.
Why do you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: The showroom staff are friendly, maintaining continuity and communication with the customer throughout the entire process. Our dedicated and skilled craftsmen believe our product is second to none and always build beautiful kitchens that last a lifetime.
Name: Zoe Blizzard
What do you do at Parlour Farm? Kitchen designer
Description of career and experience:I have spent the last 4 years working with both 2D and 3D CAD packages to design and manufacture bespoke designs for kitchens and worktop orders. I have had the opportunity to design and manage installations for Chris Tarrant and Fiona Fullerton; as well as working for some well-known local building contracts and developments.
Skills/qualifications:Proficient in 2D Auto CAD design as well as working my way to becoming one of the only employees in my previous company, able to use the DOT4CAD kitchen design suite. This programme allows textures and decorative elements to be implemented into a design, and also offers a life like render package – incorporating lighting levels and visual settings to be set and adjusted for each visual view.
I have an instinct for design and ability to balance the design of furniture with texture, colour, lighting and the architecture of the space. I am constantly evolving as a designer and enjoy the challenge of creating a truly unique design.
Why do you think clients should choose Parlour Farm? I believe clients should consider Parlour Farm as their kitchen supplier due to its family run ethics, superb quality within both manufacture and installation, and the versatility offered within the design and manufacture of the furniture. They allow the designers to create a completely bespoke kitchen layout, geared towards the client’s wants and needs as well as focusing on how they work and live within the space.
Name: Zoe Tee
What you do at Parlour Farm: Kitchen designer
Description of career and experience: I have been designing kitchens for the last 4 years, and have been working at Parlour Farm since March 2015 as one of the senior designers. I have extensive knowledge using CAD software packages and a great skill for hand drawing.
Skills/qualifications: First Class Honours Interior Design and Decoration, Triple Distinction BTEC Art and Design.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: Parlour Farm offers customers a kitchen that is truly unique. I don’t have to treat any kitchen like a puzzle, where other kitchen companies try to squeeze in their set square boxes; we can stretch, shrink and angle all our cabinetry for a perfect fit. This means each kitchen is created with the customer in mind, everything is there for a reason, and each kitchen is completely different from the last.
Name: Jess Wadley
What do you do at Parlour Farm? Kitchen designer
Description of career and experience: I have worked for Parlour Farm for over 10 years; I started as a design assistant and trained in CabinetVision which lead to me training each member of staff and becoming a senior designer.
Skills/qualifications: Qualifications – AVCE Art & Design. NVQ Spacial Design.
Why do you think clients should choose Parlour Farm? We are not your typical kitchen company; we maintain a relaxed, down-to-earth approach when buying and crafting your kitchen. All our kitchens are handcrafted to each customer’s individual specification and our workforce of skilled professionals, really do care and value what they create.
Name: Tom Hughes
What do you do at Parlour Farm? Program, operate and maintain the CNC machine producing components for the kitchen unit carcasses.
Description of career and experience: Having already worked for 5 years as a CAD operator for a series of shop fitting companies I was delighted to get the opportunity to transfer the skills I developed to a more bespoke environment where I am able to display more flair for design and further develop my skills.
Skills/qualifications: I have a degree in archaeology and a ‘woodwise’ NVQ in CNC manufacturing and development.
Why do you think clients should choose Parlour Farm? Our product is a truly, not just a word, but a truly bespoke handmade kitchen which can be tailored to all needs and tastes.
Name: Andy Currie
What do you do at Parlour Farm? I am responsible for spray painting the kitchens
Description of career and experience: I initially worked for Parlour Farm 7 years ago as a wood machinist, I then developed my role by learning other trades within our workshop.
Skills/qualifications: Qualified machinist with experience in machining and finishing.
Why do you think clients should choose Parlour Farm? All our bespoke kitchens are made to a very high standard.
Name: Heath Taylor
What you do at Parlour Farm: Technical surveyor and installations manager.
Description of career and experience: Although relatively new to Parlour Farm by everyone else’s standards, I have 31 years experience in the kitchen industry. I organise and manage high end contracts, managing teams to work within client budget and ensure completion deadlines. Having worked my way up through the industry – including installations, plumbing and electrical wiring, flooring and tiling – I am well versed at understanding and producing a good survey to ensure the perfect fit.
Skills/qualifications: I have a City & Guilds in carpentry & joinery and am proficient in the use of CAD software and have a great deal of experience in site surveys, kitchen re-design and processing. This enables me to properly liaise with site agents, organise fitting and deliveries and ensure job completion within strict deadlines and spot any potential flaws in any design.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: Parlour Farm produce a truly bespoke kitchen. Everything is handmade and the quality is very high, all our materials are ethically and locally sourced and we are really nice people to work with.
Name: John Beckerleg
What you do at Parlour Farm: Cabinet maker, designer & production programmer
Description of career and experience: I have been designing and crafting kitchens for 28 years. I joined Parlour farm 10 years ago and now have responsibility for a team of 8 skilled cabinet makers.
Skills/qualifications: I am trained and proficient in CAD design – specifically ‘Cabinet Vision’ which is the leading CAD software for truly bespoke design work.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: Parlour farm offer a truly bespoke handmade kitchen with the quality that one would usually associate with a company like Smallbone. The difference is that our kitchens are affordable and we don’t have to compromise on quality to achieve this.
Name: Martin Bridge
What you do at Parlour Farm: Cabinet Maker
Description of career and experience: I have over 30 years experience as a cabinet maker, crafting and fitting bespoke furniture as well as kitchens.
Skills/qualifications: Over 30 years I have developed my skills as a cabinet maker and am proud to be part of a team that can create furniture and cabinets of such quality.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: Our kitchens represent excellent value for money. There is no compromise on materials or skilled workmanship and I believe Parlour Farm, over its 20 years of trading, has enabled families to enjoy the quality of a bespoke handmade kitchen, that was at one time, reserved for the rich and famous.
Name: Leonard Curtis
What you do at Parlour Farm: Cabinet maker
Description of career and experience: I started in this trade in 1977 and have grown into a professionally experienced and competent cabinet maker.
Skills/qualifications: I have over 38 years of experience crafting frames, doors and drawer boxes. I always enjoy and take a great deal of pride in my role at Parlour Farm.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: If a client can dream up their perfect kitchen, we can craft it.
Name: Mike Redfern
What you do at Parlour Farm: Cabinet Maker with the responsibility of crafting special, bespoke items and prototypes.
Description of career and experience: I started at Parlour Farm at the age of 19 and now have 10 years experience in all aspects of machining, bespoke kitchen assembly and finishing.
Skills/qualifications: I started at Parlour farm as an apprentice and completed an NVQ level 2 in ‘Fine Furniture & Cabinet making’. I have had the benefit of working in each and every role in the industry and have used this experience to reach the responsibility of production foreman.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: At Parlour Farm we boast an extensive product knowledge gained through 20 years of high quality bespoke kitchen manufacturing. We have a great team of dedicated staff members with a great deal of experience.
Name: Aaron (Ronnie) Curtis
What you do at Parlour Farm: Machinist – I am responsible for ensuring the quality of the timber we use, and the preparation for our beautiful bespoke kitchens. I am also an onsite carpenter.
Description of career and experience: I started my apprenticeship 10 years ago and whilst I had a very brief spell away from Parlour Farm, I am delighted to be back and part of an experienced team.
Skills/qualifications: I have an NVQ level 3 in all aspects of wood machining and maintenance – with 10 years crafting kitchens.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: The quality and care that goes into crafting each kitchen is second to none. There is no compromise and every item that leaves the workshop has to be perfect. The friendly, approachable team will leave you with a stress free and enjoyable experience and above all, a stunning kitchen. m
What you do at Parlour Farm: I have been at Parlour Farm for 10 years and my job is to carefully wrap and deliver the finished kitchens to our customers. I help the fitting team and deal with any remedial works at the end of installation.
Description of career and experience: I have many years experience in fitting kitchens, plumbing and electrics along with tiling, flooring and cabinet making. I pride myself in listening to the customer and making sure I deliver to their satisfaction.
Skills/qualifications: I left school at 15 to complete a 4 year apprenticeship in carpentry, joinery and cabinet making and have been involved in fitting kitchens for 20 years since.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: With over 20 years experience, Parlour Farm has learnt a great deal about what makes our product so good. We have adapted to so many situations over the years and I have been lucky enough to engage with most of the clients who are always delighted with the finished products. I have also seen a few tears over the years … all happy ones!
Name: Karon Cook
What do you do at Parlour Farm? I am the office manager; my role is multi-faceted, encompassing the mentoring, guidance and support for the designers, ensuring we are offering the most up to date and appropriate products for our furniture. I ensure the smooth running and efficiency of the showroom right the way through to production.
Description of career and experience:I have over 20 years experience within the bespoke kitchen industry, design, development, procurement, supply and management.
Skills/qualifications: Having attended many seminars and completed numerous courses over the years, one of my best attributes would be my technical knowledge and experience in kitchen design management.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: Each and every kitchen is truly unique and handmade in our own workshop by our experienced craftsmen. Let your imagination run wild and we will build your ideas.
Name: Ashley Smith
What you do at Parlour Farm: Paint shop manager
Description of career and experience: I have worked at Parlour Farm for 13 years after starting as an apprentice back in 2003. I now manage the paint shop and have an apprentice of my own to teach the skills I have picked up and learnt through my experiences here.
Skills/qualifications: I joined parlour farm 13 years ago as an apprentice gaining qualifications along the way. Over the years I have experienced many different types of paint colour and finishes and developed a process to ensure the optimum results for each client.
Why you think clients should choose Parlour Farm: We craft excellent quality handmade kitchens and by being truly bespoke, we get the opportunity to fulfil the dreams of families, whatever their taste. We are able to colour match and have used all sorts of examples over the years, from tiles to a favourite mug. I would say our product is second to none and I’m bound to say ‘with an excellent paint finish’!