Meet The Team
DAVID MARTIN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
David carved out his career as a Joiner, Machinist and Veneer Specialist, working at some of Kent’s most prestigious companies, including Frank & Whittome Ltd, where he completed his apprenticeship at the age of 17.
Joinery was a passion of his since his youth, and he always had an expert eye for quality in production and finishes, whether timber, metalwork or other materials.
Following successful roles at Willowbridge Joinery, Dovetail Joinery and Manorbourne Joinery, David established his very own business, Hartwood Joinery, in March 2010. From a small unit and office in Grove Business Park in Ashford, Hartwood was soon taking over an additional five units, before embarking on a huge relocation project and £1.5million investment into the now-established 25,000 sq ft offices and factory on Brunswick Road.
Those who know or meet David, always speak of his passion for the craft, his keen eye for detail and how perfectionism runs through his veins. Hartwood Joinery is everything he stands for and everything he loves about the industry – highly-skilled staff, quality craftsmanship and sincere pride in every task.
THOMAS HOWES, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Thomas is a huge asset to Hartwood Joinery, joining the business in 2015 and working his way up to director. With a background in the construction industry as a site manager, his experience spans both commercial and residential projects.
Hartwood’s relocation and subsequent refurbishment was orchestrated and overseen by Thomas, whereby he managed all aspects of the development, including the factory build, ground works, structural works, M&E, joinery and offices.
He knows his way around CAD having trained to Level 2 and boasts a BA (Hons) in Business Administration. His business development skills are invaluable to the company.
Thomas has been instrumental in growing Hartwood’s profile and recognition as a major player within the industry and to support this secured our FSC® certification in 2018.
As Operations Director, he oversees all projects from conception to completion, working closely with our Workshop Manager and factory staff to ensure quality is consistent and deadlines are met, all while meeting trade health & safety standards.
ANDREW FRASER, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Andrew is renowned for his unmatched professional skill set that spans decades working across all areas of the trade. His most notable achievement is as MD of Stewart Fraser Ltd, which in its most successful year turned over £13million.
His portfolio of works includes contracts at; St Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Bluewater, Westfield, The Dorchester, The Savoy, The Sheraton Park Lane, Harrods, Mirabelle Mayfair, The Lanesborough Hotel, Asprey, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Camden Lock Market, the BBC, and The Shard.
He learned all areas of the trade including metalwork, joinery, millwork and polishing, before embarking on corporate roles in sales, estimating and management. His work also took him to projects outside the UK, as far as Japan, the UAE, Mexico, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The company’s Platform Edge door systems across the London Underground even landed him commissions on systems in Paris and Copenhagen.
Stewart Fraser’s trade division meanwhile supplied sections and finished components in stainless steel to the marine industry. Andrew’s portfolio also includes clients in the motor trade, from Rolls Royce to Aston Martin. His skills, contacts and knowledge of all these industries makes him a huge asset to Hartwood and its commercial growth.