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Management & Sales

Richard Penny

Title: Director
Specialities: Problem Solving
Interests: Paragliding & Ultra Marathons

As the owner of Oak By Design, my role is to orchestrate a team of highly skilled and dedicated team of people. (See below).

With a background of the RAF, I have a passion to solve problems, albeit a customers requirements or personal challenge.  I am self taught in a variety of business areas and will be celebrating 25 years in business in 2022.

Hobbies now include paragliding in the UK, France, Switzerland & Morocco and I also like to train and take part in Ultra Marathons.

Jamie Winspear

Title: Associate Project Director
Specialities: A Flare for Design
Interests: Cycling and Tennis

Building the quality and standards of Oak By Design has been my passion for several years now.

I have used my 25+ years of experience to help organically grow the company with Richard and the team creating high-end award-winning oak structures. Over the past years I progressed within the industry taking charge of projects including one of my proudest achievements in rebuilding Allerton Castle which was nearly destroyed due to a chimney fire.

I’m also proud of where Oak By Design is today, our quality and knowledge in my opinion is second to none.

During my spare time I enjoy time with the family, shooting, tennis, golf and cycling and the occasional glass of red. I also enjoy getting involved in charity events.

Joanne Fisher

Title: Sales Manager
Specialities: Organisation Skills
Interests: Dog Walking and Home Improvements

I have worked at Oak by Design since November 2011.

I primarily work with clients who require: - glazed and open porches, trusses, external doors, glazed frameworks and garden structures.

I coordinate our social media posts and enjoy providing great customer service to our clients.

I enjoy walking with our 2 dogs, socialising, cooking and I love a European City break!

I’ve been married forever and have 2 grown up daughters.

Amanda Smith

Title: Customer Advisor
Specialities: Attention to Detail
Interests: Socialising and Walking

When you call us here at Oak By Design, you may find I am the first person you will speak to and I will help with your enquiry.

I work alongside our trade customers and help with enquiries for oak beams, oak porches and RSJ covers for our retail clients.

In my previous roles I have managed wood burning stove showrooms and also sold sweeties!

Living locally with my family I enjoy reading, walking, socialising and of course relaxing with a nice glass of something!

Willow

Title: Guard Dog
Specialities: Protecting the Staff!
Interests: Ball chasing and long walkies!

I was born just before Christmas 2019. For those of you who don’t know, I am a Cocker Spaniel.

My role within the company is to ensure the property and its assets are well protected. My training is now in full swing and I aim to graduate just before Summer. There is a lot of waiting around so I amuse myself by chasing soft toys and practising my loud bark. It’s more like a squeak at the moment but I have been told it will mellow over time.

I have an older sister called Gypsy and she shows me the ropes when I get confused or forget my training. Oak By Design has helped me settle in over the past few weeks and I intend to carry out my new role to the best of my ability.

Production Team

Barry Carter

Title: Operations Manager
Specialities: Framework Precision
Interests: Fishing

I worked as an engineer in a previous role and decided to move into joinery after working with my brother for 3 years.

My hobbies include shooting, fishing and horse racing whilst spending time with my children and socialising with friends and family.

In a previous role, I was voted 2nd in the country for customer service and friendliness by Samsung UK.

Dave Carter

Title: Production Manager
Specialities: Anything Joinery
Interests: Rugby Super League

I am the workshop supervisor and have 25+ years experience in the carpentry and joinery industry. I started with Oak By Design in September 2015. I am experienced in all aspects of joinery, wood machining, bench hand and installation. My role as a supervisor is to help, assist and train the fellow workforce.

Hobbies include over 10 years managing Woodthorpe Wanderers football team, from the under 6s to under 16s. I follow the rugby super league and enjoy socialising with friends and family.

Lewis Carter

Title: Joiner
Specialities: Glazing Know-How
Interests: Football

I have had a big interest in joinery from a very young age.

Helping my dad in the garden and with his own projects made me want to become a joiner.

In 2019 I was awarded the best 3rd year apprentice from York College.

I started and finished my apprenticeship with a bespoke joinery company and wanted to expand my joinery knowledge and have been with Oak By Design since last year.

In my spare time I really enjoy going to music festivals as well as playing football with friends'

Chris Wood

Title: Joiner
Specialities: Nothing is a problem!
Interests: Motorbikes and boxing

We'd like to introduce our newest team member, Chris Wood.​

Chris has grown up in York, attending All Saints School and studying at
Askham Bryan College.​

Keen on motorbikes, he studied Motorsport Engineering but decided he'd rather be making things than fixing them, so he had a career change.​

Although he hasn't been with us long, he's enjoying assembling the oak products and getting to see the finished article.

He enjoys all aspects of the job, but really enjoys making the oak porches.​

Out of work he still enjoys motorbikes, and enjoys watching boxing and socialising.

Wayne Davy

Title: Joiner
Specialities: Waxing and Oiling
Interests: Motorbikes & Dogs

I have worked for the company for many years and manufacture a range of oak products. I live locally with my family and was born and bred in Yorkshire.

In my spare time, I enjoy all aspects of motorcycling in particular organised events and trips to the motorbike cafe.

I also enjoy days out with my family and walks in the countryside with our dog

Josh Rhodes

Title: Joiner
Specialities: CNC Operations
Interests: Always something new

Harley Wilson

Title: Apprentice Joiner
Specialities: Hand Finishing All Products
Interests: Football & Athletes

I grew up in York and went to Manor CE academy school, I'm now in my second year of my joinery apprenticeship.

I have a passion for football supporting Leeds United and also playing for my local senior team in Tockwith. I also competed in athletics for Yorkshire more precise, javelin. I like cooking at home and also socialising with friends and family.

I recently passed my driving test and enjoy going for drives.

Tom Riley

Title: Joiner
Specialities: Eager to Learn
Interests: Anything outdoors: walking, cycling, skiing, camping

I joined the Oak By Design team in November 2022 and made a career change, having worked as paramedic for 7 years in the NHS.

My dad was a cabinet maker for over 40 years and I always admired his skills and craftsmanship.

I'm enjoying getting to grips with the joinery skills required and get great satisfaction seeing a finished product.

I've recently become a father and enjoy days out with my family.

Installation Team

Billy Whitmore

Title: Installation Manager
Specialities: Attention to Detail
Interests: Family and the Pub

This is my life. My name is Billy, I am 50+ years young, I am happily married with two grown up children.

I have worked in the joinery industry for 30+ years and my goal is to provide a professional and top quality job for all our clients, working alongside our team at Oak By Design.

I enjoy family time, eating, drinking and walking (usually looking for a pub) and I’m hoping to find some time in the future to dust off my golf clubs.

Ben Knowles

Title: Joiner
Specialities: Roofing and Joinery
Interests: Fishing

I’ve worked as a joiner for 15+ years, since leaving school. I have been working for Oak By Design since the early summer of 2017.

I work mainly as part of the Installations team but can be quite often found in the workshop manufacturing items for a site, and keeping the rest of the team entertained!

I live locally, enjoying socialising and spending time with my family and friends. I have 2 small children, so I’m kept busy and walking the family dog gets me out and about!

I am also another fan of fishing!

Darren Richards

Title: Joiner
Specialities: Installation
Interests: Course Fishing

I am a joiner with over 25 years experience. I have worked for Oak by Design 2009 and originally joined the company to manufacture the larger products.

Having worked my way up through the company and I am now the Workshop Manager in charge of the Tockwith workshop.

My passion is course fishing.

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