David began manufacturing conservatories and orangeries over 35 years ago. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in physics, rather than going into research as he had expected, David became a deep-sea diver working on commercial oil rigs. This challenging but financially rewarding work allowed him to travel the world and enjoy life. On returning to the UK, David decided to make another dramatic career change by joining the social services as a residential social worker caring for the mentally ill.
It was whilst working in this environment that he developed an interest in carpentry, and set up a small workshop in the hostel where he worked. Eventually, moving away from London, he set up on his own to make bespoke furniture. By a series of accidents he was asked to make a conservatory, which he made single handed in his small workshop. He then moved to larger premises and employed one apprentice and has never looked back.
His flair, creativity and attention to detail have been the motivation behind everything we do. Over the years David has applied his experience across all areas of the business and particularly in the development of the company’s manufacturing software. This work is an ongoing challenge, to continuously improve our production processes in the endless pursuit of perfection.
His tireless efforts and attention to detail go some way to explaining how we can offer a design and build service like no other.
David has now 'semi' retired and stepped down as MD in January 2019, while retaining a role as non-executive chairman.
Wes assumed the role of Managing Director, with effect from January 2019. Having been Operations Director since the start of 2016, with responsibility for all Manufacturing & on site operations, Wes has unrivalled experience of the running of the business.
Wes joined the company in 2012 as Head of Manufacturing, and in June 2014 was promoted to the board as Manufacturing Director. He is responsible for every object that enters and leaves our factory.
His role began with buying the raw timber and materials alongside our procurement team, which then continues through the entire manufacturing process to the point of delivery to our customers’ properties. Now his role also includes responsibility for seeing those projects through to completion.
Wes remembers every project and looks forward to seeing the final report and photographs of each job as it is completed. When he can get out of the office, Wes enjoys visiting customers in their homes and seeing their finished David Salisbury product. He is really proud of the quality of our products and what a difference it has made to so many of our customer’s homes and lives. Wes says, “Observing customer satisfaction at the end of their David Salisbury journey is very rewarding”.
After nine years working in financial services as a Compliance Officer for the FCA and then Dawnay Day, a privately owned financial services group, Karen decided to follow her creative passion and retrained as an Interior Designer. She graduated from KLC School of Design during which time she also gained experience in architecture, working for an award-winning contemporary architect in London. She then set up and ran an interior design business in London working on both residential and commercial projects, whilst also working with the BBC as a guest presenter and for IPC Media as a regular columnist specialising in interiors. Looking for a new challenge, Karen secured a marketing role with BlueSpear Associates as Account Director working on a diverse range of products from motor bikes to energy drinks before joining David Salisbury in 2007 as Commercial Manager where she was instrumental in the re-branding of the business.
She recalls asking David Salisbury personally, during her interview, where he wanted the business to be in 5 years’ time and the answer was to be bigger than (the then) household brand, Amdega - and here we are, mission accomplished! The role then opened up for a sales designer and Karen spent the next 7 years as a design consultant where she thoroughly enjoyed working directly with clients to fulfil their design requirements and many of her designs are featured on the website, in advertising and case studies. The importance of putting the client first and ensuring that the designs are perfect for their property, lifestyle and, not to mention, budget remains close to Karen’s heart and is an important driver in achieving high customer satisfaction levels.
This leads us to her current role, as Sales and Marketing Director, and the opportunity to be instrumental in a business that she truly believes in, work with a dedicated team of designers and continue her involvement in exciting design projects like the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath and the new contemporary showroom at Chelsea. “I am lucky to have found my dream job and look forward to the continued growth of the business and seeing the fulfilment of many new design projects for our valued customer base”.
Martyn started his working career as an apprentice woodworking machinist a in 1990, attending Brunel technical college in Bristol. It was during this time that a position became available at what was then a small joinery company called David Salisbury Conservatories. He applied and joined the company as an apprentice in 1991, transferring to Bridgwater College to take his City and Guilds in carpentry and joinery.
During the 1990s Martyn worked his way up through many aspects of the growing business including manufacture, supply and installation. The company’s growth eventually resulted in him being offered a full time role producing CAD drawings. He quickly developed from drawing to taking full responsibility for design realisation and the structural integrity of all of our buildings.
Over subsequent years he has steadily built up the design department helping to shape the company in its continued growth. He now manages a team of skilled CAD and 3D technicians who provide drawing and design requirements through all aspects of the business.
In December 2014 Martyn joined the senior management team and will now be using his skills to help shape the future of the company at board level.