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Meet the Designers: Mark Richards, Head of Design

21st September 2017, 11:22am

Welcome to week one of 'Meet the Team' month at Godfrey Syrett! 

Over the next five weeks, we'll be introducing you to some of the designers, makers, installers, management and admin staff that help to bring our furniture from concept to customer. 

This week, we'll be focusing on our Design team - a creative and enterprising lot who are responsible for bringing our products to life. First up is Mark Richards, our Head of Design. 
 





What attracted you to a career in Design?

From a young age, I was always drawing - during early school years I would spend more time drawing an object than writing about it. Whilst studying art later on in school, I became hooked on the Memphis movement - from that point, design would always be in my veins.
 
What does your role entail?

Responsibility for all aspects related to design; which includes managing the design teams that produce furniture solutions, new product development and branding. This allows me to take an holistic approach to our design offering. I believe in leading by example, and I try to be involved in as many design schemes as poosible.
 
Which projects have you recently worked on?

Recently I've been working on the new flagship Faculty of Business and Law building at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). I was also heavily involved with Foundry Courtyard, a 536-bed prestigious student accommodation complex, with Balfour Beatty.
 
What is your favourite part of your job?

Seeing a project or scheme come to fruition, alongside working with project team to help deliver their aspirations. 
 
Can you give us a fact about yourself that people may not know?

I’m passionate about design and always will be. However, I’m also a true petrolhead, knowing my BHP from OHC.
 
Complete the sentence: outside of work, I can most often be found….

Helping out at my sons under-14’s football team. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me watching even more football, and tiring the dog out on long family walks... which often require a stop-off at the village pub on the way home!