All About Us

The team behind Utility

Welcome to Utility! The store selling modern, original design - whether it be furniture, lighting, home accessories, gifts, watches or jewellery. Phew! So here we are - our team and our areas of responsibility. We thought we'd put faces to our names too so you can see the real people behind the screen!

Richard Skelton

E Commerce/Marketing/Brand Management

  • Birthsign : Scorpio
  • Birthplace : York
  • Favourite Designer : Jean Prouve
  • Likes : Sweet & Salty Popcorn
  • Dislikes : White chocolate.
  • Favourite Building : Kaufmann House, Palm Springs

Dick Mawdsley


  • Birthsign : Pisces
  • Birthplace : Liverpool
  • Favourite Designer : Alvar Aalto and Achille Castiglioni
  • Likes : Pickles, Ryvita, good modern architecture
  • Dislikes : Tea, cloves & cinnamon
  • Favourite Building : Wrigley Building, Chicago

Kate Cowie

HR / Gift Stores

  • Birthsign : Virgo
  • Birthplace : Weston-Super-Mare
  • Favourite Designer : Hans Hilfiker
  • Likes : French bread & cheese, sunshine, chilled sauvignon blanc
  • Dislikes : Bananas & UGG Boots
  • Favourite Building : Grand Central Station

Paul Morris

Retail Sales

  • Birthsign : Pisces
  • Birthplace : Northwich
  • Favourite Designer : Terence Woodgate
  • Likes : Wine gums, cricket & tweeting
  • Dislikes : Apricots, leather jackets, queueing
  • Favourite Building : Peter Eisenman House VI

Julie Valentine

Web and Contract Sales/Furniture

  • Birthsign : Aries
  • Birthplace : Aughton
  • Favourite Designer : Charles Eames
  • Likes : Dogs, Good Manners, The Beach Boys & The Beatles
  • Dislikes : Arrogance & Rudeness
  • Favourite Building : Barcelona Pavilion

Jen Dunn

Web Sales

  • Birthsign : Gemini
  • Birthplace : Liverpool
  • Favourite Designer : Charles & Ray Eames
  • Likes : Cheese
  • Dislikes : Tomatoes
  • Favourite Building : Grand Central Station

Shaun Donnelly

Web/ Social Media Admin

  • Birthsign : Virgo
  • Birthplace : Omagh, N Ireland
  • Favourite Designer : Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen & Kasper Rønn
  • LikesCoffee
  • Dislikes : Cauliflower
  • Favourite Building : Black Desert House, Yucca Valley

Nathalie O'Donovan

Marketing Assistant

  • Birthsign : Taurus
  • Birthplace : Brussels, Belgium
  • Favourite Designer : Alexander Girard
  • LikesSour Sweets, Thai Food and Soul Music
  • Dislikes : Kiwi and Heavy Metal
  • Favourite Building : The Sage, Gateshead

As well as us at head office there's also a fun and dedicated in-store team who work with us to make Utility a fun, vibrant and exciting place to be - whichever side of the counter you're on!

We opened our first real store in Liverpool in November 1999 with an experimental range of products from both independent designers and larger brands. Over the years we have expanded from our original store to two larger stores, both on Bold Street - with two separate formats. Our larger store (No. 60) is our interiors store where you will find the city’s very best range of contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories from all the leading manufacturers.

Also on Bold Street is our second store format, the Utility Gift Boutique (Number 86) where you’ll find a gorgeous, inspirational range of cool greetings cards, jewellery, watches and great items for giving..and treating yourself !!! July 2010 saw the opening of our Liverpool One Gift Boutique in the North West's premier shopping destination - Liverpool One, and in December 2011 we opened our first London store in the revitalised King's Cross/Regent Quarter.

Our online store – - was launched in January 2004 to offer our products to a wider audience....and to customers who can’t shop with us because they live outside Liverpool.

Our extensive product ranges include such brands as Alessi, Kartell , Vitra, E15, Carl Hansen, Fritz Hansen, Hay Flos Lighting, Foscarini Lighting, Artemide Lighting, Bestlite, Moooi, Swedese, LIightyears, String Shelving, Tom Dixon, Magis, Mondaine, Softline, Umbra, Daniel Wellington, Zeitraum and many many others. As a business we prefer to work with a select few and do it well but because we are dealers for many of the world’s leading furniture brands we are able to source a huge range of products. Just ask and we’ll do our best. We will also be price competitive.

‘Utility Contract’ is a service for architects, interior designers and specifiers to purchase furniture, lighting and accessory packages for new build and refurbishment projects. Commissions include projects with Radisson Hotels, 3 Mobile, Jaeger, Cruise and Urban Splash as well as furniture and lighting for many bars, restaurants and private individuals. Please telephone 0151 494 9412 and ask to speak with our contract manager Julie Valentine for further details.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website – we hope you have an enjoyable browsing experience but if we can be of any help just ask. We’d also love to hear any feedback from you – good and bad!