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John Baker - David Salisbury Designer

John Baker


John is vastly experienced in all areas of design and build. He is also well versed in the technical aspects of our product and is happy to spend as much time as you need discussing ideas with you to achieve the perfect result for you and your home.

John has over 15 years’ industry knowledge. His thorough command of design, build and all the technical aspects of any project means John is at his happiest discussing new ideas with clients to make the most of their homes.

Nigel Blake - David Salisbury Designer

Nigel Blake


After completing a degree in Electronic Engineering, Nigel worked in the electronics and software sectors in the UK and Far East before moving into conservatory design 12 years ago. His engineering background and flair for design have led to some truly innovative structures. He says that each design has to complement the house, whilst providing the appropriate extra space that the client requires - every project is different.

Nigel likes to get a thorough understanding of what you want to achieve as well as your likes and dislikes with respect to style. Whether your house is contemporary or a grade I listed historic property, he will work with you to develop an appropriate and sympathetic design.

Nigel says "The most rewarding part of the job is visiting the client after the project is completed, seeing the end result and the transformation in how people are living."

Stephen Carter - David Salisbury Designer

Stephen Carter


Stephen has worked for several prestigious luxury kitchen companies over the past 20 years and brings this plus his wider interior design experience to David Salisbury.

Stephen particularly enjoys using his depth of knowledge and creative flair to blend any new project sensitively and sympathetically to any style of home.

He likes nothing more than discussing the wider interior design aspects involved.

Dan Featherstone - David Salisbury Designer

Dan Featherstone


Dan has worked in the industry for over 12 years starting his career as a concept artist and then progressing into a design sales role for Vale Garden Houses. Dan decided to join David Salisbury due to the unrivalled customer care and service the company offers in every aspect of the project.

Thanks to his concept artist beginnings, Dan still creates his own design drawings by hand for that personal approach.

Dan is passionate about all types of project but in particular picking up on the architectural detailing on the house. This can then be complemented within the orangery or conservatory design to make sure the new structure looks right in its surroundings

Tom Franklin


After working as an engineer and then as a commercial project manager throughout his twenties, Tom began working as a design consultant in 2008. During this time, he set up and ran his own design business that has gone on to win multiple design awards, as well as working on projects that feature in magazine articles.

Tom is very creative and uses his experience and knowledge to create beautiful living spaces and is equally at home working with old and new properties and is sympathetic to existing features and structures.

Tom lives in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, with his family and dogs and away from work, loves running, surfing, snowboarding and a good pub lunch with a roaring fire.

Simon Martin - David Salisbury Designer

Simon Martin


Simon has seen many changes in our market place and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of both design and planning. He has a good rapport with clients and a natural empathy for the built environment having worked on many listed properties as well as hotels and other hospitality locations. Simon is happy to take the brief from the client, but also work closely with architects and other professionals.

His design for St Michael’s Manor (a boutique hotel in St Albans) recently won an award from the civic society with the following citation: "The attention to detail, the high quality of the finish and the view from the first floor rooms, makes the orangery a significant asset to this unique family run hotel and to the city."

Simon believes his great strength is being able to visualise the concept before he starts any drawing and after more than 20 years in the industry, he still gets a real buzz from his work.

Ian Mitchell - David Salisbury Designer

Ian Mitchell


With over 30 years experience as an architectural designer, Ian initially specialised in domestic extensions and individual homes, before spending 10 years as a designer with Amdega.
This was followed by 9 years working on a variety of both oak and painted buildings for a competitor, giving him the ideal preparation for his career with David Salisbury. 
Ian loves a challenge, and really enjoys finding creative solutions to difficult sites, as well as seeing a project through from start to finish. Most satisfying is the eventual visit to his client’s home to view the completed building.

Jilly Newman Yates - David Salisbury Designer

Jilly Newman Yates


Jilly is an Architectural Designer, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Affiliate Member and experienced RIBA Client Advisor. She joined David Salisbury in September 2019 bringing with her a wealth of practical experience not just in renovating properties, but also in transforming them. Having run her own architectural design & build business for 15 years, her skills range from exterior architectural and interior design through to project management and implementation.

Jilly brings a valuable and complementary blend of technical and creative designs skills to add to our industry leading sales team. Based in Oxfordshire and serving the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire area, Jilly has previously specified the David Salisbury product in a number of her transformation projects – she was so impressed with the quality of our product. We are very pleased that she has now joined David Salisbury as one of the latest additions to our sales team.

Ken Pemble - David Salisbury Designer

Ken Pemble


Ken joined David Salisbury in September 2019 and brings with him a wealth of industry experience and practical skills. His varied and detailed experience in the building and design sector comes through working in the steel fabrication industry and subsequently running his own conservatory business for 15 years. 

Having trained as a Marine Engineer in the Royal Navy for 6 years and spent 12 years in the Reserve Army, in recent years Ken has developed specialist expertise in designing oak framed extension and garden rooms. Based just outside of London, he forms a key part of our oak sales team in the South East.

Outside of work, Ken keeps busy with his family, his baby granddaughter and training and racing in regular triathlons.

Simon Phipps - David Salisbury Designer

Simon Phipps


After studying Product Design & Visualisation at the University of Bournemouth and Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire, Simon moved back to Somerset from Cheltenham to work for David Salisbury in 2007. His design training along with 11 years’ experience with David Salisbury means his designs are as varied as his clients and their properties.

Simon enjoys the challenge of a difficult design and is passionate about getting the design right for his clients. He has a wealth of knowledge of working with the David Salisbury product and the cutting-edge technology behind it, which allows us to retain our market-leading quality.

His lists his favourite project as a stunning orangery overlooking the Welsh Valleys. Built on a steep hillside, this project was structurally challenging but the views through the bi-fold doors out across the raised decking to the countryside are breath-taking. Look out for a Case Study with photos on this project which will be published shortly.

Outside of his work with David Salisbury, Simon’s time is taken up by his 2 children, 3 dogs and horse!

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Jonathan Poore


Jonathan specialises in oak orangeries and conservatories.

He is very experienced at listening to customers’ needs and coming up with solutions and designs to meet their vision.

Having worked in different sectors previously, he set up his own company designing and building large timber structures. This gave him vital hands-on experience and was a valuable insight into the industry and the wider construction sector.

Most recently, Jonathan worked for a company specialising in oak framed buildings and his overriding aim is to create an extension that will work in harmony with the existing building both now and in twenty years’ time.

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Paul Raine


Paul’s wide-ranging industry experience covers every aspect from technical drawings and design, through to planning, building and completion. Having qualified as an architectural technician in the 1980’s, he worked in private practice for a number of years involved in project management, design and surveying – so his knowledge and experience of buildings sites and construction projects in general is vast.

He has worked directly in the conservatory & orangery industry since the early 1990’s and joined Oakminster in 2005, a Darlington based trade customer that was eventually acquired by David Salisbury – giving him lengthy and extensive knowledge and experience of working with our product. After a number of years running his own business, PAR Design & Build, Paul joined David Salisbury’s sales designer team in 2019, covering the North and North East.

Eddie Spillane - David Salisbury Designer

Eddie Spillane


Eddie originally worked for one of David Salisbury’s trade customers, then moved over to David Salisbury in 2006. He works closely with many local developers and builders, priding himself on looking at the overall picture. This means that many of his projects also include structural works which benefit not only the conservatory or orangery but can transform the rest of his client’s home.

Eddie is passionate about his projects and his clients knowing that when finished, these stunning buildings become the hub of the house. His Motto is: “No project is too large or small and everything is possible."

Rudy Staal - David Salisbury Designer

Rudy Staal


Rudy grew up in Zambia before moving to Cape Town to further his studies. He has always held a passion for design and has been working in the UK for over 15 years now in the orangery and conservatory industry.

His career with David Salisbury began in April 2010, after spending a few years working for a competitor. Rudy has a natural creative flair and this shows in his designs. If you’re stuck for ideas, Rudy will give you a thousand!

To list one project as a favourite is hard for Rudy as each project is so different and each has their own style, quirks, creative energy, and challenges. Rudy treats all projects with the same level of enthusiasm and creativity as the next. He loves visiting his clients and really cares about the experience and lifestyle our customers gain from installing a David Salisbury extension. Expect him to pop back to see you after the project is complete!

John Westbrook - David Salisbury Designer

John Westbrook

John has worked within this industry for 34 years and has gained a wealth of experience which he will look forward to putting to good use whilst discussing each and every project.
He enjoys working closely with clients and appreciates that every customer will have their own unique requirements - it will often take several visits to finalise the design that will ensure a successfully completed project. John is as enthusiastic about doing his job now as he was 34 years ago and takes immense satisfaction in visiting the completed design. To see the clients again whilst sitting within the structure that we have spent time designing together, for me, makes the whole process an enjoyable experience.
When he is not working, John’s passion is walking and hiking with the Lake District top of the list.

David White - David Salisbury Designer

David White


David's experience enables him to listen to clients and turn their dreams for their projects into a reality, working to keep within their budget and planning parameters. One of his sayings is: “You have never had so much excitement while spending so much money.”

Many of David’s clients recommend him to their friends which is a statement of his professionalism and capabilities.

David has worked right across the United Kingdom on a vast range of projects, small and large, domestic and commercial including listed properties on difficult sites. One of David’s major projects that he is particularly proud of, is a complete refurbishment and extension of a country house. This included a major orangery extension, a swimming pool enclosure, and special windows and doors.

The clients are delighted with the result which gives them a wonderful lifestyle and has changed the way they live.