Thursday 16th May 2019

Bernard Interiors Boosts Management Team With Three New Directors

The growth of North East based interior design practice Bernard Interiors continues with the appointment of three new director level posts to drive further business development.

The management team is led by founder and managing director Jen Bernard, and now includes finance director Les Irving, design director Lisa Orrick and operations director Helen Fahy.

The three new directors have all been promoted from their managerial roles within the practice, creating further new opportunities for staff within the team.

Jen Bernard said: “As a business we are focused on our continued growth providing interior architectural design, consultancy and procurement services for the high end retirement, residential and commercial markets.

“We work across the UK and internationally. Since 2017 our client base has expanded significantly, our staff have increased from six to 14 people, turnover has more than doubled and profitability has quadrupled.

“Many of our team are graduates from the design and architecture university courses in the region, and we have strong links with Northumbria University in particular, to keep a look out for up and coming design talent. Our growing reputation has led to us attracting experienced staff from London and the South due to the quality and scale of work we undertake.”

The two latest appointments are associate architectural technologist Simon Traynor and assistant buyer Sophie Isabella Overton.

Bernard Interiors recent acquisition of a historic landmark property in Newcastle supports the growth and profile of the firm. The building is undergoing significant redevelopment to provide 5,000 sqft of studio space. The team will move from their current base in Ponteland to the new premises in June.

“We have outgrown our current studio and the new property gives us the space we need now and for the future,” Jen Bernard commented.

“If our growth continues at the expected rate, then we have the flexibility to almost double the floor space of the new studio with the addition of a mezzanine floor.”

Bernard Interiors was established in Newcastle in 2008 by Jen Bernard.