There are so many people involved with helping Diespeker run a successful and thriving business. You can find out more information about some of the key team members below.
MEET OUR TEAM
John is very much a hands-on MD, overseeing sales, estimating, accounts and projects. Passionate and driven, with a real love of natural stone and terrazzo, John has invested time, energy and creativity into creating the business into the success it is today.
When he has the chance, John travels the world to take part in marathons; to date he has run 169 marathons and participated in five Iron Man events; he has represented GB in his age group four times in duathlons, half and full Iron Man events. John is committed to ‘going the extra mile’ not only in running but also in charitable giving. He has supported many good causes including being headline supporter for stem4, teenage mental health charity which is close to his heart not only because he is the father of four but also because it is founded by his wife, Nihara.
Best part of the job? “Joining the dots of a complex business and knowing that it is all working really well.”
For Nick, downtime means pursuing his interest in history, social and economic affairs, and enjoying long walks in the countryside. He’s walked in different areas of the UK, with recent jaunts including Lands’ End, Dover and Berkhamsted.
Best part of the job? “I really enjoy managing people - or as I call it, dealing with the rascals and reprobates at Diespeker!”
Sydney is a massive fan of the arts and in particular the theatre. He also enjoys travelling and says his favourite place to visit is Scotland, where he has relatives.
Best part of the job? “Working as part of a team, dealing with clients and seeing bespoke ideas turn into reality.”
Sales, estimating and accounts support
Karina is a home bird and enjoys spending her spare time watching television programmes and being active on social media.
Best part of the job? “I really enjoy talking to clients, finding out what they want for their project and ensuring that they receive the best quote we can give them.”
Rosy-May joined Diespeker in late 2020, initially focusing on undertaking administrative tasks around the office and learning valuable customer service skills. She has since progressed to become an Estimator at Diespeker, providing prices for customers on a number of services including for domestic jobs, supply-only orders and assisting with more complex commercial quotations.
She says she enjoys every aspect of the job, especially learning how to read measurements for quotes. When she’s not at Diespeker, Rosy-May loves indulging in retail therapy and she enjoys spending time with her family.
Much of his role at the company involves following up quotes and estimates put forward to clients by John and Karina. Diego checks that the client is happy with the quote and timescales. The other part of his job is to accompany visitors to the showroom and factory. He says he enjoys both roles equally, but particularly likes meeting with clients, chatting with them and showing them around.
Outside of work, Diego is a family man spending time with his wife and son. When he joined Diespeker he became caught up in the cycling craze, buying a professional bike which he uses to travel around London and discover hidden away places difficult to reach by public transport or car.
Maisie works closely alongside Rosy-May in the sales team, helping to ensure that the hundreds of quote requests we receive each month are fulfilled.
Away from work, when she's not going to Justin Bieber concerts (of whom she's a big fan) Maisie likes spending time with her friends and family.
Best part of the job? "I love learning new skills whilst developing my existing ones, all the while learning about some really cool and interesting products."
He handles many of Diespeker’s sales enquiries, particularly for the residential sector, providing valuable assistance for clients on every aspect of their project.
Outside of work, Ahmed enjoys watching and playing football, cooking, and reading about art and history.
Best part of the job? “I am really passionate about sustainable design, so I particularly enjoy working with some of our more environmentally conscious products. I’m a people person, so I also love building and developing relationships with our clients.”
Samples and logistics team
In her broad role, Kelly is responsible for all sample requests that come in to Diespeker by email, phone or via the website ordering system. She oversees the processing of all the orders, including liaising with the factory to get samples cut and overseeing their rapid distribution to clients. Alongside this, Kelly also organises Diespeker’s logistics, making sure deliveries come and go on time and ensuring operations run smoothly.
Outside work, Jamie is a big Millwall FC fan. The club’s stadium, The Den, is just a stone’s throw from Diespeker HQ. Most Saturdays during the football season you will find Jamie here with his friends and family, cheering on The Lions.
A dedicated family man, Bruno spends his free time with his wife and two children, visiting the cinema, parks and going away on family holidays.
Best part of the job? “The whole process – from the start when we go to site and the client hasn’t got a clear idea so we give advice and suggestions, to the moment they see the final result and we know they’re happy.”
You’ll find David playing golf at the weekends with his mates at different courses around Kent, and he also enjoys running.
Best part of the job? “I love taking pride in the work and the chance to get involved with some really nice jobs - it’s really nice to see happy clients. Being part of a hardworking team is really rewarding too.”
When work finishes on Friday, Andy enjoys a good bit of banter with the team onsite – they often have a drink and BBQ. Andy says the teamworking and socialising goes hand in hand.
Best part of the job? “Every day is different. One day we’re working on countertops, another it will be flooring. Sometimes we’re producing brand new terrazzo, other times old terrazzo that needs to be repaired.
As Project Manager, Jose ensures the smooth delivery of the company’s flooring projects, particularly our more intricate commercial jobs.
Away from Diespeker, Jose enjoys cycling, cross country running, walking in the mountains and spending time with his friends and family.
Best part of the job? “It has to be when we do the final polish on a new floor and you can see the end product, with its vivid colours, really come to life. It makes me enormously happy and proud, particularly when what can seem to be such a simple process on the surface is generally rather challenging to execute.
As Assistant Operations Manager Sonny’s role includes many varied tasks within the whole work process – he says it’s hard to describe everything he does and all the responsibilities he takes. He gets involved in most projects here in the UK as well as overseas, covering residential and commercial, from installing kitchen worktops and reception desks to wall cladding. He is also involved in templating, pendulum floor testing and handling customer enquiries.
Sonny likes the fact that every day starts with a different project to work on. He really enjoys talking with happy clients when a job is finished, as customer satisfaction is his main motivation.
Outside of work Sonny loves to spend time with his friends, particularly when its BBQ weather. And when he gets the chance, he enjoys travelling abroad.
What’s the hardest part of the job? “Turning a vision into reality isn’t usually a straightforward process and requires a lot of experimentation and experience. Getting the right combination and balance of chippings is not always straightforward, but the end result always makes it worth it. You could perhaps compare making bespoke terrazzo to creating a work of art.”
What’s the most rewarding part of the job? “We’re the ones that get to reveal the final beauty of each and every piece made here at Diespeker, so that’s pretty cool. We take the glory for everyone else’s hard work!”
Marketing and PR team
As Account Director, he is responsible for creative innovation and strategic marketing development, working closely with the account managers. David is the main contact for top level interactions with Diespeker’s senior management team.
David says it is great to work with an ambitious, forward-thinking client who understands the true value of marketing as a business tool.
Her role is extremely varied, from handling day to day digital marketing, website maintenance and social media to print ads and event management. Lucy works closely with the Diespeker team, frequently visiting the offices, and is the first port of call for liaison with TV production companies.
Best part of the job? “I love the variety of projects that are happening at Diespeker all the time and finding out more about the background to some of them, as well as the chance to work with high profile household brands, TV presenters and social media influencers.”
For Diespeker, Sue researches and writes website news, case studies and press releases, and liaises with journalists, working closely with Senior Account Manager Lucy to keep track of the latest newsworthy projects – of which there are many.
Best part of the job? “I love it when a new project comes my way and I get the chance to create a great story around the creativity and experience of the team. It’s always satisfying to see the Diespeker brand showcased online and in well-known publications such as Elle Decoration and House Beautiful.”