There is nothing like handling natural materials and seeing the real thing when planning your project. Our showroom at 3 Sutton Lane, London is available for visits to enable you to experience first hand the quality of our workmanship and to discuss your project requirements in more detail.



Whatever your requirement we have a dedicated team to guide you through the furniture procurement process, from specification, design and manufacture to installation and re-purposing.


Lee Wade

Project Manager

Extensive experience in manufacturing, fitting and managing joinery and furniture projects, within the industry, amounting to over 30yrs. Has worked for Workbench for 10 years. Excels in managing sites and problem solving and great with clients. Hobbies are the great outdoors and cooking.


Paul Saunders

QS Furniture & Joinery

A Rycotewood graduate and fine furniture maker for 10 years before moving on to manage the technical and commercial aspects of furniture and joinery projects, Paul has over 30 years experience in the furniture industry. Our resident techie has a passion for photography and cycling.


Hilary Maxwell

Post Sales Project Manager

Hilary has a passion for design trends in all forms, feeding into her strong knowledge of contemporary furniture solutions with a refined approach to office furnishings. She has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, collaborating with clients and production team on programme, products and pricing to ensure each project is run smoothly and successfully tailored to clients requirements for delivery. She provides a great level of service and always maintains to exceed clients expectations.


Rob Turton


Since graduating from Furniture & Product Design at Nottingham Trent University, Rob has gained a wide experience in the furniture design industry across various roles. He is a team player with a creative enthusiasm for all things design. Aside from work, he enjoys playing football, tennis and golf and is also a keen baker when time allows.


Joe Stevens

Managing Director

Joe has worked in the corporate furniture and joinery market for 20 years. Pragmatic with an attention to detail in all aspects of the business. He has built strong relationships with both clients and suppliers to provide the very best service. Loves to play lego with his two little girls.


Wendy Graham

Sales Director

With 23 years experience in the corporate furniture market. Wendy’s energy for pushing the boundaries in both the design and manufacture of furniture, contributes to the endless problem solving and new designs that Workbench are able to offer. When not tweeting, she is usually training for a half marathon.

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Darrell Locke

Design Director

Darrell has 25 years experience designing new products and creating solutions for architects, end clients and facilities teams. He brings an in-depth knowledge of materials and construction techniques and is constantly engaged with design trends and new methods of fabrication. When not at his computer he enjoys watching Spurs maintain record levels of disappointment and is an enthusiastic lycra clad cyclist, much to the embarrassment of his daughters.

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Heather Bridge-Carter

Office Manager

An experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic Office Manager with a ’Nothing I can't do’ attitude. Heather has worked in the furniture industry for over 10 years and brings colour and vibrance to the team. Hobbies include Samba dancing and a love for all cuisine. With her eye for detail and exuberance, Heather brings her own flavour to the Workbench dish. 




Workbench is a leading British designer and maker of furniture and bespoke joinery and we are recognised by our industry for the way we manage and minimise the environmental impacts of our activities, products and services.

To achieve this, we operate a UKAS accredited environmental management system to the ISO 14001:2015 management system standard.


To support this, we are committed to:

Consider the full life cycle impact of the products that we design and manufacture so that they have the least long-term environmental impact, balanced against our customers specific requirements.

Protect the environment and prevent pollution through using processes, techniques, materials, products, services or energy to avoid the creation of any type of pollutant or waste. 

Work proactively with our suppliers to understand and where possible reduce the environmental aspects and impacts of the products we produce.

Take these impacts into account when deciding which suppliers to use.

Wherever possible specify FSC or PEFC “Chain of Custody” timber. 

When not using “Chain-of-Custody” timber we ensure that the timber has been sourced from responsibly managed forestry.

Manage our office show room as an exemplar of best environmental practice.

Set ongoing environmental objectives and programmes, to continue to improve our environmental management system and enhance our environmental performance.

Comply with all applicable legislation, regulations or other requirements relating to our activities and the environment.

Have clearly defined environmental responsibilities for each member of staff.

Proactively develop our own organisational knowledge on environmental issues which we will share with customers, suppliers and other interested organisations.

Review the suitability of this policy annually.

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