Meet The Team


Richard Penny

As the owner of Oak By Design, my role is to orchestrate a team of highly skilled and dedicated team of people. (See below).

I have a passion in being able to problem solve, albeit a customers requirements or personal challenge.  I am self taught in a variety of business areas and will be celebrating 20 years in business in 2018.

Hobbies now include paragliding having recently completed my Club Pilot training in Switzerland and couple this with mountaineering and walking in the Lake District.


Jamie Winspear

I have an expansive knowledge of the construction sector with over 20 years experience.

Starting out as a bespoke bench joiner, I have progressed within the industry taking charge of projects such as a £5 million new build development, consisting of 4 bespoke stone houses and 3 barn conversions to re building Allerton Castle which was nearly destroyed due to a chimney fire.

I now work with a strong team creating one off grand design schemes with Oak By Design

I play tennis for York and I am part of the Harrogate Business Cycle Club.


Joanne Fisher

I have worked at OBD since November 2011 and I am their Trade Manager – working mainly with our trade customers but also retail clients who contact us via email and phone. I coordinate our social media posts, the monthly newsletter and after sales follow up.

I worked for Lloyds TSB for 27 years in both managerial and customer service roles.

I enjoy walking with our 2 dogs (Dolly and Nelly), socialising, cooking and love a European City break!

I’ve been married forever and have 2 grown up daughters.


Darren Richards

I am a joiner with 29 years experience. I have worked for Oak by Design for the past 11 years and originally joined the company to manufacture the larger products.

Having worked my way up through the company and I am now the Production Manager in charge of the Tockwith workshop.

My passion is course fishing.


Andrew Whitmore

This is my life. My name is Billy, I am 46 years young, I am happily married with a 14-year-old daughter and a 24-year-old step-son.

I have worked in the joinery industry for 30 years and my goal is to provide a professional and top quality job for all our clients, working alongside our team at Oak By Design.

I enjoy family time, eating and drinking out, riding my Quad bike and I’m hoping to find some time in the future to dust off my golf clubs.


Dave Carter

I am the workshop supervisor and have 26 years experience in the carpentry and joinery industry. I started with Oak By Design in September 2015. I am experienced in all aspects of joinery, wood machining, bench hand and installation. My role as supervisor is to help, assist and train the fellow workforce. 

Hobbies include 10 years managing Woodthorpe Wanderers football team, from the under 6s to under 16s. I follow the rugby super league and enjoy socialising with friends and family. 


Wayne Davy

I have worked for the company for 2 years and manufacture a range of oak products. I live locally with my family and was born and bred in Yorkshire.

In my spare time, I enjoy all aspects of motorcycling in particular organised events and trips to the motorbike cafe.  I also enjoy days out with my family and walks in the countryside with our dog.


Baz Carter

I worked as an engineer in a previous role and decided to move into joinery after working with my brother for 3 years.

My hobbies include shooting, fishing and horse racing whilst spending time with my children and socialising with friends and family.

In a previous role, I was voted 2nd in the country for customer service and friendliness by Samsung UK.


Ben Knowles

I’ve worked as a joiner for 14 years, since leaving school. I have been working for Oak by Design since the early summer of 2017.

I work mainly as part of the Installations team but can be quite often found in the workshop manufacturing items for a site, and keeping the rest of the team entertained!

I live locally, enjoying socialising and spending time with my family and friends. I have a 2-year-old, so I’m kept busy and walking the family dog gets me out and about!

I am also another fan of fishing!


Max Neal

I have worked at Oak by Design since August 2018.  I have worked as a joiner for approximately 10 years and have a history of roofing and kitchen fitting.

At Oak by Design, I am working on various products from RSJ Covers to orangeries.

Whilst at college I won Apprentice of the Year for both years and am proud of receiving Distinction grades.

My hobbies include football, boxing and exercise and I enjoy socialising and gaming.
I forget to mention I’m known for my angelic singing voice!


Jake Ward

I am 17 years old and have worked for Oak by Design since September 2018. I am an apprentice joiner, and I am in my first year at York College studying for a Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship.

I enjoy learning the basics of making Fireplace Beams, RSJ Covers, Porches and Oak Frames, so I have a variety of different products I am working on. I enjoy having some responsibility when I’m working and enjoy working with my fellow workmates.

Out of work, I’m learning to drive, and my hobbies are clay pigeon and game shooting and also football.


Mike Pollard

I have worked in the joinery industry for over 38 years. I have vast experience in the manufacture and installation of all aspects of bespoke joinery. I get great pleasure from seeing the process develop from manufacture through to completion, always to an exceptionally high standard.

I am married with 3 grown up children and now a very proud grandfather. I enjoy spending my leisure time on 2 wheels, anything from cycling to enjoying the open road on my motorbike, exploring new places with my wife.