The Lester Team
Charles and Patricia’s small but highly specialised team all share a passion for the business and offering the level of service and excellence in both craftsmanship and customer care. Every one is trained in house using the specific techniques and methodologies developed by the Lesters. They are all actively encouraged to develop their unique range of skills. A wonderful group of people who are more than willing to help friends and customers in whatever way that they can.
Marketing and Business Development
Charles and Patricia Lester’s daughter spent many years designing and creating stained glass art pieces, luxury textile floor art and jewellery in between working for the family business throughout her life. As a keen advocate of emerging technologies, she is now concentrating on writing as well as working with the company enabling it to embrace the digital era. She still takes on commissions for workshops and business mentoring services for other creative businesses to help them understand and use all aspects of social media. She has a passion for supporting the arts in Wales by running the website arts-wales.co.uk which she hopes to develop further over the coming years.
Deborah took a work experience position with us while studying which has led to a 14 year career assisting Patricia in the sewing studio. A dream to turn her passion full time came to fruition after studying a Fashion Design degree at Newport University, before taking on her role. She says of her position “I once read a quote that said ‘choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life’ this inspired my career change and is something that rings very true of my time Charles and Patricia Lester”
Louise manages all aspects of the textile department, she is responsible for the printing, painting, marbling and general fabric preparation. Louise has been with the business for 19 years prior to which she spent a number of years working in a local jewellery company repairing precious metal jewellery. Louise oversees the general running of the business jointly with Debbie, she says of her role “Handcrafting these unique textiles makes me very proud and inspired to be part of such a creative team”.
Lakhepattie Lilicharran (Joan)
Seamstress – hand sewing
Joan moved from South America many years ago and although trained as a secretary she started working at home doing hand sewing. Her greatest skill is the very difficult hand beading and she has been with the company over 20 years.
Jackie is “Everybody’s Assistant” being adept at a variety of roles, she is responsible for quality and stock control having a good eye for detail. She assists with the printing, pleating, sewing and managing the database on the computer. Jackie has been with us for over 20 years.
Boguslaw Kozik (Bob)
Maintenance, gardener and driver
Bob and his family moved from Poland to London before joining his brother-in-law who was a part of Charles’ building team. He is responsible for the gardens and building maintenance and doubles up as the company driver when required. Bob is newest member of the team having been with us over 7 years.