David began manufacturing conservatories and orangeries over 30 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.
Wes was promoted to Operations Director at the start of 2016, taking responsibility for all Manufacturing & on site operations within 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 a successful nine year career working in financial services and marketing in London. Karen then retrained as an interior designer to follow her creativity and passion for design - she has not looked back. She worked with the BBC as a guest designer on a renovation programme and as an interior design expert, writing and appearing in features for a weekly IPC media publication.
Joining David Salisbury in 2007, Karen's background in design has given her a fantastic eye for detail and she is very observant when helping customers with their conservatory designs.
One of the most challenging projects Karen has worked on was the Grade I listed Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath where listed building consent was eventually granted for an elaborate Georgian orangery with a glass dome.
Having worked as a design consultant for seven years, Karen has now joined the board as our Sales and Marketing Director in February 2016.
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.