Meet the team

Our dedicated team of craftsmen

The Bath Bespoke team are motivated, dynamic and talented and, without exception, take great pride in their work. Some of our team have a high level of expertise and some are just starting out on their journey—but they stand united by a love of what they do.

James Etheridge, Bath Bespoke

James Etheridge – Director & Co-Founder

Having spent summer holidays as a child sweeping up workshop floors and glimpsing behind the scenes of traditional carpentry and craft it was no great to surprise that James went on to earn his stripes in the field, establishing a busy base of private commissions whilst working in a joinery.

Seizing the opportunity to develop these commissions into a business venture, he joined forces with school friend and Bath Bespoke Co-Founder Tom Jones-Marquez to establish the company in 2009.

James oversees production in the workshop and ensures every project that leaves the workshop is made and finished to the highest standards. 

Tom Jones-Marquez. Bath Bespoke's co-founder

Tom Jones-Marquez – Director & Co-Founder

Tom has long been captivated by designing and making, having spent his childhood years making go-karts, treehouses and climbing frames with his dedication even extending to attempting boat designs in Microsoft Paint as a teenager…

After studying English Literature at Leeds, he returned to his hometown of Bath. Following a brief spell as a journalist he was drawn back to working in a joinery in Wiltshire with school friend and Bath Bespoke Co-Founder, James Etheridge. Whilst working on private commissions Tom and James took the leap and ventured into business together, starting Bath Bespoke in Tom’s parents’ garage in 2009.

Tom oversees Design, Sales and Finance for Bath Bespoke and will usually be your first point of contact working with clients on design ideas and concepts.

Brett Salako – General Manager

As General Manager, Brett Salako ensures everything runs smoothly in the workshop and the office. After working his way up to become Deputy Manager at a five-star hotel, Brett wanted to change his career direction and pursue his interest in the carpentry trade. He ensures every single project leaves our workshop with the highest standards of quality and design.

David Hood – Designer

David joined Bath Bespoke in 2018 as part of the design team. A graduate from the Royal College of Art, he went on to train and teach Design in Ireland and London before leaving education to get more involved in the design industry and follow his passion for designing and making. David maintains his own creative practice designing and making interior products inspired by nature and is a keen surfer in his spare time.

Tom Suter at Bath Bespoke

Tom Suter – Workshop Manager

Tom joined the Bath Bespoke team in October 2014 and is now the Workshop Manager. Tom’s a really skilled craftsman – a graduate in furniture design and manufacture who has an enviable knowledge of timber, design and joints. He’s one of our most experienced members of staff so we task him with many of our bespoke kitchen commissions – making and fitting everything with his trademark attention to detail. He’s a really popular member of the team, a lovely guy to have around and very dedicated to his work.

Kate Buckrell – Accountant

After graduating from Bristol University in an accountancy course, Kate went on to work at Wessex Water for seven years. After spotting our ad for a new accountant, she decided to pursue her interest in interior design and craft and came to join the team. She’s a fantastic team player and is a whizz kid at the mathematical side of the business.

Dan Green – Site Carpenter

Dan joined Bath Bespoke in the summer of 2016. He trained locally with an on-site apprenticeship 17 years ago so brings with him a wealth of experience for the trade and the area. Dan is a member of the team you will most likely meet when your furniture is being installed. His knowledge and skills ensure every piece is fitted to perfection.

Arkadius Kizevicius

Arkadiusz Wojcik – Joiner

Arkadiusz quit his job as a supermarket team leader to re-train in joinery and was recommended to us by the head of his department at his college. He has an in-depth understanding and fascination for working with wood and his passion for woodwork extends beyond the workshop to home DIY projects.

Chris Fraser – Joiner

Chris joined the team in 2015. His career as a Joiner began with an apprenticeship in a joinery workshop in Devon. Since then his skills have led him to work in London, followed by Bristol. He’s accurate and precise – qualities we love in our craftsmen. He’s extremely talented and creative and has fast become an invaluable member of the Bath Bespoke team.

Gareth Buckle – Joiner

Gareth joined the team in the summer of 2018. He’s an experienced joiner who was drawn to Bath Bespoke because of his passion for unique custom-made woodwork. After growing up in Prestbury near Cheltenham, he moved to Radstock 22 years ago and built a career in woodworking. Among other hobbies, Gareth loves to renovate and restore old Land Rovers – a hobby he also shares with his father.

Ben Boyce – Cabinet Maker

Ben is a highly skilled and conscientious Cabinet Maker. He blends traditional craftsman skills with modern concepts and designs and the projects he works on are always finished to the highest level. He is a highly valued member of the team and he always brings new ideas and solutions to the table.

Neil Castley at Bath Bespoke

Neil Castley – Cabinet Maker

Neil joined Bath Bespoke in 2015 and brings a lifetime of hands-on experience and valuable wisdom to the team in our busy workshop. As a school-leaver, Neil took the traditional route into the trade with a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. He then worked for many years making and fitting dental cabinets for a company in Ilford.

Richie Beaver – Cabinet Maker

Richie joined our team in 2016 as an Apprentice Carpenter. After studying Architecture at university, he then went onto manage bars for five years. He’s since returned to his interest in design and carpentry and is quickly learning the craft in a very hands-on way in the workshop. He’s an asset to the team, always a joy to work with and his work is always finished to the highest standard. Alongside his work, he loves riding motorcycles and reggae music.

Lukasz Jastrebski – Paint Finisher

Lukasz joined our team in 2015 and is responsible for much of the prepping and sanding in the finishing department. He is an important member of the team with a fine eye for detail and works tirelessly to achieve a flawless finish on all our joinery and furniture.

Rob Borowski – Paint Finisher

Rob joined our team in 2016. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, he moved to the UK at the age of 14 and decided to follow his interest in carpentry after finishing college. Rob’s a really valued member of the team, and alongside Lukasz, he’s responsible for much of the prepping and sanding in the finishing department. Alongside his work, he loves listening to music and is a dab hand at playing the guitar.

Adam Paszyn – Spray Painter

Adam is an accomplished artist, specialising in pottery and oil paints, and his care and fine eye for detail comes through in his work for Bath Bespoke. Adam handles a lot of the workshop finishing for us and always gets the end result we’re looking for.

Fred Rainey – Apprentice Carpenter

Fred joined our team in 2015. He’s learning the craft in a very hands-on way in our busy workshop where he loves being a part of the team. He’s enthusiastic and dedicated to his work; his ambition is to become the very best carpenter he possibly can.

Mark Jeffrey – Apprentice Cabinet Maker

Mark joined the team in the summer of 2018 as an Apprentice Cabinet Maker. Originally from Leamington Spa, he moved to Bath to follow a career in tree surgery. After several years developing his skills on the job, he changed career and moved into woodworking – something he’s been passionate about since a young age. Alongside woodworking, Mark has a degree in drum playing and enjoys playing in his spare time.