Meet The Team – Up Close & Personal
Our customers typically have a experience dealing with Abbott-Wade. They like our friendly approach and the appeal of dealing with a family business. Our design team team are friendly and knowledgeable, our office team are dedicated and efficient and our our fitting teams are skilled and experienced. We have learned a lot over our 20 years and our team is determined that we will continue to be the best in our field.
Scratch beneath the surface though and you’ll find that while each team member is a fundamental cog in a the bigger machine of Abbott-Wade, each ‘cog’ has been carefully crafted and is truly unique.
Our Office Team:
Leslie Dash: Operations & Design Manager
Before joining Abbott-Wade, Les studied Product & Computer Aided Design and developed his craft designing high-end bespoke furniture for a well-known company and was later instrumental in setting up and managing the staircase division. Les took the lead as Abbott-Wade’s Operations Manager in 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
Out of hours, Les likes nothing more than going on fast on 2 wheels, whether racing down the hills of Wales on a mountain bike or enjoying the thrills of the open road on his Ducati.
Eddie Ping: Scheduling and Online Content
Eddie stepped out of a 10 year career in teaching to join the family business in 2015, adapting the skills from one profession to look after customer service, installation scheduling and web content. Eddie likes nothing better than regular trips exploring the zoo with his two young children.
Lana Kayanatical: Administration
Lana graduated from Liverpool University in 2016 and stepped in to help out our small office team managing installations and acting as the front line of our office. Her warm personality and instinct to go above and beyond means that she’s a hit with our customers. Lana’s idea of a treat is an evening of cheese & wine with a good movie or a Harry Potter book.
Jon Abbott: Polisher
After working in Jersey for the last few years, Jon recently returned to manage our new in house spray shop to ensure all our pre-finished stair parts meet the highest standards. Jon loves nothing more that rolling up his sleeves and giving 100% – whether it’s at work in the polishing room or at one of his high intensity fitness classes.
Derek Wade: Polisher
Recently retired from a long career as a painter and decorator, we are fortunate that Derek is now on hand to lend a lifetime’s experience and expertise to the finishing of our materials. In a career that has included time spend working in the prison service Derek enjoys spending time in the warm sunshine of Brittany with his family and friends.
Our Design Team:
Colin Campbell: Sales Designer
Peter Sammons: Sales Designer
Janet Stephens: Sales Designer
David Bolton: Sales Designer
Our Installations team:
Lee Kay: Team Leader
Ellis Grimes: Fitter
Ian Harding: Team Leader
Charles Tyson: Fitter
Darren Latham: Team Leader
Adam Poulton: Fitter
Adam ‘Wiggy’ Forkin: Team Leader
David Abbott: Fitter