Meet the Team

Senior Project Manager

Peter Apps

Peter is a time served bench joiner having attained City & Guilds in bench joinery and wood machining, he is…

Peter is a time served bench joiner having attained City & Guilds in bench joinery and wood machining, he is also currently studying for an FdSc in surveying practices through the UCEM. Over his career he has embraced new skills and new challenges, developing a strong commercial background as an estimator and commercial manager for both joinery contractors and main contractors predominantly within the commercial fit out / refurbishment sectors. He continues to grow, learn and develop his specific skill sets and is always striving to deliver excellence in
every project he is involved in.

Away from work he enjoys spending time with his family and the chaos of having three young children, he also enjoys a spot of F1 and the occasional music gig.

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Accounts Assistant Apprentice

George Bell

Having studied Business Management at Oxford Brookes, George joined Realm Projects in April of 2019 as an Accounts Assistant. George…

Having studied Business Management at Oxford Brookes, George joined Realm Projects in April of 2019 as an Accounts Assistant. George has decided to focus on a career in finance in a practical setting whilst completing AAT qualifications as an Apprentice at College. He hopes to be qualified as an Accountant in a few years with plenty of experience in the meantime.

Prior to joining George has travelled down the East Coast of Australia in a campervan and interrailed through Europe, his favourite destination was Croatia. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and especially a real ale on the 19th hole!

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Director

Graeme Blakey

Graeme is one of the two founders of Realm having set up the business in 2001. A QS by profession…

Graeme is one of the two founders of Realm having set up the business in 2001.

A QS by profession he has been involved in delivering high quality projects for over thirty years across a range of sectors. He protects the company’s reputation for quality, on time delivery and fair play and particularly enjoys the challenge of hitting tight deadlines and seeing a job well done.

He likes to travel and enjoys a good quality single malt!

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Production Supervisor

Ian Brown

Ian has over 30 years’ experience within the joinery & furniture industries. Ian has been with Realm for 9 years…

Ian has over 30 years’ experience within the joinery & furniture industries. Ian has been with Realm for 9 years and is currently one of our production supervisors.

Away from work Ian enjoys dancing  both Latin & ballroom, motor sports & fine whiskey, regularly attending tastings & events.

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Project Manager

Jonathan Byard

Jonathan started as an apprentice bench joiner with Realm in 2008 and after completing his apprenticeship he worked as a…

Jonathan started as an apprentice bench joiner with Realm in 2008 and after completing his apprenticeship he worked as a site joiner and site supervisor before recently starting his new role in the company’s setting out department.

Away from Realm, you will find Jonathan seeking the perfect road whilst out motorcycling with friends or challenging himself in the gym.

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Technical Draughtsman

Mihalis Costa

Having left school in 2011 to go to college to study games/media for two years, Mihalis didn’t enjoy his college…

Having left school in 2011 to go to college to study games/media for two years, Mihalis didn’t enjoy his college course as much as he would of hoped, but having always had an eye for design and a being a wiz on a computer Mihalis joined a local joinery firm for five years that helped him progress into the manufacturing industry. Whilst there he (with some guidance) self-taught himself AutoCAD & Google Sketch Up, working on jobs for MAC, Nisa, Spar and various other clients.

In his spare time he enjoys chilling out with his friends & family. When he gets chance uploading music to his YouTube channel that has over 250,000+ subscribers. Also playing 5 & 7 a side football and watching/supporting Fulham (someone has to) when they play.

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Financial Controller

Sarah Dunn

Sarah is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has 15 years post qualification experience, working…

Sarah is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has 15 years post qualification experience, working across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, retail and technology services.

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SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Simon Fox

Simon has been in the Retail and Commercial Interior Fit Out Sector for over 30 years, completing a joinery apprenticeship…

Simon has been in the Retail and Commercial Interior Fit Out Sector for over 30 years, completing a joinery apprenticeship and attaining City & Guilds craft in both shop fitting and Setting Out. During his career he has progressed through various roles including: Workshop Foreman, Site Manager, Technical Draughtsman, Space Planner, 3D rendering/visualizer, Estimator, Project Manager, Operations Manager and Director. Having worked nationally and internationally, managing multi trade principle contracts from High Street Retail Stores, Pubs, Hotels, Theme Parks to Harrods and The Shard in London.

Outside work Simon likes to spend time with his wife, family and 2 bulldogs. A keen sportsman playing football, golf and skiing whenever possible.

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Contracts Manager (Director Designate)

Simon Frith

Simon has a 30 year career in interior fit-out, have risen from a trade Apprenticeship to board director at a…

Simon has a 30 year career in interior fit-out, have risen from a trade Apprenticeship to board director at a previous company. His speciality is working with multitrade principal contracting projects. Simons experience covers all aspects of interior fit-out from retail, commercial and experience of over 250 airside projects in various UK airports. His belief and training in Health and Safety to IOSH level ensures the safe delivery of all projects.

When not at Realm, Simon loves spending time with his wife and son roaming the coastline of France and the UK in his camper.

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Senior Estimator

Roger Grace

Roger has over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry, having originally started works as an apprentice joiner, attending West…

Roger has over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry, having originally started works as an apprentice joiner, attending West Nottinghamshire College and gaining 3 distinctions for carpentry & Joinery.

Roger joined Realm in 2011 as an estimator for our bespoke joinery, main contracting and commercial fit-out sector. The estimating role provides many challenges from initial concept through to final development of the project.  Roger strives to achieve complete understanding of the designers and architects’ brief to ensure the end product exceeds all client expectations and falls within a reasonable budget.

Away from work he enjoys spending time with his family, family holidays, travelling, walking, biking, watching and playing football & golf.  He is a regular participant at 5-a-side football.

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Technical Draughtsman

Jordan Harrison

Jordan started at Realm in June 2016 as an apprentice bench joiner studying a city and guilds diploma level 2…

Jordan started at Realm in June 2016 as an apprentice bench joiner studying a city and guilds diploma level 2 and NVQ level 2 in bench joinery. Upon achieving this he moved onto city and guilds level 3. Jordan, throughout college, has participated in national competitions including the skills build competition where he placed 2nd. He has also received many awards including the scholarship award, City and Guilds Medal of Excellence and the City and Guilds Lions Award in 2019 where he got the chance to meet HRH Princess Ann.

After spending two and a half years on the shop floor, Jordan progressed his career at Realm by moving into the office to become a technical draughtsman in April 2019 whilst studying level 3 BTEC construction in the built environment.

Outside of Realm Jordan is passionate about being a youth leader in the Boys Brigade where he attends regularly. Jordan is a huge fan of the modelling hobby from RC models to model railways. He also enjoys long walks, camping and spending time on his allotment growing all kinds of vegetables.

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SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Stephen Hughes

Stephen now has over 25 years’ experience in the retail manufacturing and design sectors working with some of the most…

Stephen now has over 25 years’ experience in the retail manufacturing and design sectors working with some of the most iconic brands in the world across fashion, footwear, electronics and beauty retailing. With over 10 years account and project management experience before moving into sales he has an in depth understanding of the project delivery process and client requirements.

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Technical Draughtsman

Mark Humber

Mark has many years’ experience in shop-fitting having joined the industry straight from school. After completing his City and Guilds…

Mark has many years’ experience in shop-fitting having joined the industry straight from school. After completing his City and Guilds and Advanced Craft in carpentry and joinery Mark has held various roles from bench joiner to project manager. He is now a member of the setting out department working extensively in Autocad.

Out of work Mark enjoys spending time with his family, walking and numerous sports.

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Senior Estimator

Mike Malysz

With over 35 years in the joinery trade Mike has gained experience in Project Management, Purchasing, Auto-cad, Works Manager &…

With over 35 years in the joinery trade Mike has gained experience in Project Management, Purchasing, Auto-cad, Works Manager & Estimating, collecting BTEC Diplomas in Business Management, Admin & IT along the way. Estimating is his key skill with joinery and allied trades, being very detail minded he can produce accurate and cost effective quotations.

Outside of work Mike is a fully qualified Combat Hapkido Instructor, Avid carp fisherman, live Rock music fan and has recently undertaken a new role as a Grandad!

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Project Manager

Carl Marsden

Carl joined Realm in the summer of 2007 as a site manager overseeing all of our Restaurant and Museum projects. …

Carl joined Realm in the summer of 2007 as a site manager overseeing all of our Restaurant and Museum projects.  Having started his career as a Bench Joiner he subsequently moved into a setting out role in 1985. Since then, Carl has been working as a site fixer, setter out and site manager. He has a City & Guilds qualification in shopfitting and setting out, he also holds an SMSTS qualification. In 2015 Carl moved into the office to take on the role of Project Manager with responsibility for our London fit out team.

Outside of work Carl has raced motorcycles for approximately 30 years, winning championships along the way. He has a keen interest in Skiing and tinkering with mechanics. He has also recently toured Europe and enjoys frequent trips on the continent whether he is on 2 wheels or 4!

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Commercial Manager (Director Designate)

David Marshall

David is a Chartered Member of the CIOB and has 25 years of cost and project management experience encompassing a…

David is a Chartered Member of the CIOB and has 25 years of cost and project management experience encompassing a variety interior fit out disciplines.

Over his career David has gained an extensive knowledge of hotel interior refurbishment, high street retail and leisure projects together with exposure to museum, heritage and themed attraction fitting out, major exhibition stand building and corporate identity programmes across the UK, Europe and International locations.

Away from the office David is a keen family man and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three young children.

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Purchasing & Estimating Support

Andy McKay

Andy has been in the industry for over 30 years and is a time served joiner with bench and site…

Andy has been in the industry for over 30 years and is a time served joiner with bench and site experience.

He has attained City & Guilds & Advanced Craft accreditation.

Starting off as an apprentice and shop floor joiner, helped him to learn the various aspects involved within the industry, which in turn, helped him to progress through various roles, including; workshop supervisor, production manager, estimator, buyer, project manager, joinery & factory manager

Away from work he has two classic motorcycles, enjoys indoor cycling and over the last five years, getting heavily involved with clay shooting.

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Purchasing Manager

Andy Nally

Andy has over 30 years’ experience within the joinery and construction industry, initially studying as a City and Guilds Qualified…

Andy has over 30 years’ experience within the joinery and construction industry, initially studying as a City and Guilds Qualified Wood Machinist before developing his career as a Buyer working with companies specialising in Office Furniture Production, Medical furniture manufacture and installation, Commercial interiors and Shop fitting.

Andy Joined Realm in 2013 to develop and control the company’s growing supply chain and ever increasing demands for new and diverse materials from existing and new suppliers.

Andy’s industry knowledge helps him make informed decisions on material purchases and the suitability of suppliers and materials to enable Realm to produce and exceed all of our clients expectations on time.

Away from work Andy is a long suffering fan of Lotus F1 hoping for the glory days to return sometime soon.

Andy was introduced to indoor cycling a year ago and this has now become an all-consuming interest with lots of lifestyle benefits.

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Technical Draughtsman

Alan Oaksford-Smith

Alan has been in the bespoke joinery & furniture industry for 16 years. Having started out as an apprentice bench…

Alan has been in the bespoke joinery & furniture industry for 16 years. Having started out as an apprentice bench joiner at Touchwood furniture, where he enjoyed 7 years employment, he then moved onto Baker Street Kitchens which led him to Realm projects in 2012 as a bench joiner.

Alan has recently started a new role within the company in the setting out department.

Away from work Alan is a family man & enjoys nothing more than days spent with his wife & two children. He also enjoys cooking, DIY & socialising with his friends.

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Production Supervisor

Paul Reed

Paul has over 25 years experience in the shop fitting and furniture industry. He is an apprentice trained cabinet maker…

Paul has over 25 years experience in the shop fitting and furniture industry. He is an apprentice trained cabinet maker to an advanced level.

Paul joined Realm  in 2004 as a Bench Joiner, manufacturing and installing joinery items for the Leisure, Retail, Museum and Corporate sectors. In 2011 he took on the role of Production Foreman, processing materials and overseeing projects from machining, through to assembly, spraying and dispatching in a fast track environment to meet deadlines. Recently he has taken on a new challenging role as Logistics Supervisor. This involves managing the movement of goods in and out of the business as well as overseeing the loading/unloading of vehicles and maintaining current stock levels.

Away from work he enjoys spending time with his family, walking his 3 dogs, caravan touring, Airsoft, tinkering with old Land Rovers and marshaling at vintage motorcycle race events.

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Director

David Renshaw

David is a time served bench Joiner having attained City and guilds craft, Advanced Craft and Institute of Carpenters Qualifications…

David is a time served bench Joiner having attained City and guilds craft, Advanced Craft and Institute of Carpenters Qualifications before moving on to do his ONC and HNC in Construction.

During his career he has progressed through various roles including, Workshop Manager, Technical Draughtsman, Estimator, Project Manager, and Director before getting his tools out again and setting up Realm Projects in September 2000. He has worked nationally and internationally initially making his mark on the Euro-tunnel projects in Folkestone and Calais, France in 1992 before moving on to Dubai to fit out three Museums and a prestigious project in Libya.

When not at Realm, David spends his time with his wife and 3 young sons on his Derbyshire farm and is currently  converting a grade two listed Barn.

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Senior Project Manager

Stephen Trickett

Having joined Realm in 2008, Steve was initially employed as a CAD setter out, producing working drawings for a wide…

Having joined Realm in 2008, Steve was initially employed as a CAD setter out, producing working drawings for a wide variety of Realm’s clients throughout the UK and overseas before progressing to Project Manager.  Steve keeps in regular contact with the client team through every stage of a project  to ensure the end result surpasses the clients expectations. Having worked in the shopfitting industry for over 26 years, Steve started his working life ‘on the tools’ as an apprentice in a traditional joiners shop gaining City and Guilds qualifications along the way before continuing with further education gaining an HNC in Building Studies.

Steve likes to spend his time seeing friends and family, walking in the Peak District and camping when the weather allows!

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Administrator

Zoe Tyler

After impressing as a temporary worker, Zoe soon became a permanent member of Sarah’s administration team. Zoe has many years…

After impressing as a temporary worker, Zoe soon became a permanent member of Sarah’s administration team. Zoe has many years of experience within administration.

Zoe started work at NatWest Bank as part of the Computer Services Department in London, before moving on to her time in the Electrical Wholesale trade working for Edmundson Electrical in Kent.

Zoe decided to return to Nottinghamshire to be near her family in 2007 and found work at a local Chiropractor.  Here she demonstrated her organisational and administration skills by developing and introducing new procedures and systems.

During her free time Zoe enjoys spending time at the coast with her partner Steve and hopes that they retire there one day.  She believes passionately in the holistic approach to life and learning about the healthy lifestyle that is achievable for everyone through Chiropractic adjustments and healthy natural foods.

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Management Accountant

Sarah Watts

Sarah joined Realm as Management Accountant in 2013 to head up the busy finance function.  She brings with her experience…

Sarah joined Realm as Management Accountant in 2013 to head up the busy finance function.  She brings with her experience from both the Construction and Services industries which give her the wealth of experience she needs to deal with the finances of a fast paced multi-disciplined joinery firm.  Since joining Realm she has implemented new systems and functions to ensure the department is as efficient as possible.

Outside of work Sarah is an active participant of the local Netball team as well as sitting on the committee as the treasurer.  She is a keen runner and a lover of all things keep fit.  She is perfectly placed to be kept on her toes by her work.

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TECHNICAL DRAUGHTSMAN

Jamie Wittridge

From the age of 17, Jamie has been involved with the installation of high end kitchen and bathrooms, along with…

From the age of 17, Jamie has been involved with the installation of high end kitchen and bathrooms, along with the installation of bespoke furniture, usually in west end areas such as Kensington and Chelsea. Jamie has had 10 years in the bespoke and retail display industry, where he would be involved with all aspects of production and project management, from the bench through machining to meeting clients to discuss their ideas and to managing the transportation and installation of the items produced.

Jamie’s personal life largely revolves around spending time with his family, his fiancée Linzi and the 6 children they have between them, Ellie, Elise, Ollie, Elissa, Elsha and Brody. In the past Jamie has enjoyed playing music in a live band with his keyboards and has written music for film and advertisements worldwide.

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Systems Manager

Mike Young

Mike has a wide range of experience in manufacturing, using CAD and CAM software and software programming. Starting in the…

Mike has a wide range of experience in manufacturing, using CAD and CAM software and software programming. Starting in the workshop he has worked in bespoke and mass production as a cabinet maker, GRP Pattern Maker and Prototyper.

He started his first office job in 2005 as a draftsman using 2D CAD (AutoCAD). In 2007 he set up and implemented 3D CAD software (Solidworks) greatly improving efficiency and reducing errors in the CAD office. Mike moved to pastures new in 2015 and he did the same again but with the 3D CAD software Inventor. Mike also automated the link between CAD and the CNC.

Having just joined Realm Mike is in the process of automating the production of cutting lists and CNC programs from Realms new 3D CAD software. The difference this time being Realm has more machinery that CAD needs to interact with.

Outside of work Mike enjoys climbing, walking, cycling and has two young children to keep him busy.

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