All About Us

The team behind Utility

Welcome to Utility! The store selling modern, original designer furniture, lighting, home accessories, gifts, watches and 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

Richard Skelton

E Commerce & Brand Director

Dick Mawdsley

Dick Mawdsley

Finance & Property Director

  • Birthplace : Liverpool
  • Favourite Designer : Alvar Aalto and Achille Castiglioni
  • Likes : Pickles, Ryvita, Modern Architecture
  • Dislikes : Tea, Cloves & Cinnamon
  • Favourite Building : Wrigley Building, Chicago
  • Contact Me :
Kate Cowie

Kate Cowie

HR Director

  • Birthplace : Weston-Super-Mare
  • Favourite Designer : Hans Hilfiker
  • Likes : French Bread & Cheese, Sunshine & Sauvignon Blanc
  • Dislikes : Bananas & UGG Boots
  • Favourite Building : Grand Central Station
  • Contact Me :
Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Retail Sales Director

  • Birthplace : Northwich
  • Favourite Designer : Terence Woodgate
  • Likes : Winegums, Cricket & Tweeting
  • Dislikes : Apricots, Leather jackets & Queueing
  • Favourite Building : Peter Eisenman House VI
  • Contact Me :

Julie Valentine

Furniture & Contract Sales Director

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

Shaun Donnelly

Digital Content Manager

  • Birthplace : Omagh, N Ireland
  • Favourite Designer : Le Corbusier
  • LikesFootball, Burgers & IG
  • Dislikes : Tomatoes
  • Favourite Building : Black Desert House, Yucca Valley
  • Contact Me :
Jess Barr

Jessica Barr

Web Sales Coordinator

  • Birthplace : Liverpool
  • Favourite Designer : Jean Prouve
  • Likes : Trees, Fresh Air & Boo the cat.
  • Dislikes : Ironing & Milky Tea
  • Favourite Building : Kunsthaus Wien (Museum Hundertwasser)
  • Contact Me :
Faye Brown

Faye Brown

Website Administrator

  • Birthplace : Liverpool
  • Favourite Designer : Nika Zupanc
  • Likes : Sun, Halloumi & Running
  • Dislikes : Cats
  • Favourite Building : Flavian Amphitheatre (Colosseum)
  • Contact Me :
Steph Lloyd

Steph Lloyd

Retail Buyer

Dan Green

Dan Green

Manager - Showroom / 60 Bold Street, Liverpool

  • Birthplace : Accrington, Lancashire
  • Favourite Designer : Hans J Wegner
  • Likes : Coffee, Dogs, Documentaries & Bread
  • Dislikes : Floral Scents, Humidity & Paper cuts
  • Favourite Building : Any Richard Meier Building
  • Contact Me :
Adam Glover

Adam Glover

Manager - Gift Boutique / Liverpool One

  • Birthplace : Wallasey
  • Favourite Designer : Dieter Rams and Thomas Heatherwick
  • Likes : Contemporary Art, Red wine and Belle & Sebastian
  • Dislikes : Wasps & Rail Replacement Buses
  • Favourite Building : Fallingwater, Pennsylvania
  • Contact Me :
Shaun Agar

Shaun Agar

Manager - Gift Store / 86 Bold Street, Liverpool

  • Birthplace : York
  • Favourite Designer : Hans J Wegner
  • Likes : Collecting records & Yorkshire Tea
  • Dislikes : Rain & Spiders
  • Favourite Building : Casa Batllo, Barcelona
  • Contact Me :
Duane Richards

Duane Richards

Manager - Gift Boutique / Kings Cross, London

Rachel McGowan

Assistant Manager - Showroom / 60 Bold Street

  • Birthplace : Chester
  • Favourite Designer : Arne Jacobsen
  • Likes : Crazy Golf, the Seaside & Cream Cakes
  • Dislikes : Spiders, Snow & Gherkins
  • Favourite Building : Flat Iron Building, NY
Anna Marie Prince

Anna-Marie Robinson

Assiatant Manager - Gift Boutique / Liverpool One

  • Birthplace : Crewe
  • Favourite Designer : Marcel Wanders
  • Likes : Cheese, Galaxy, Midget Gems & The Lake District
  • Dislikes : Moths & The smell when you open baked beans
  • Favourite Building : Rigg Beck House
Kayla Thomas

Kayla Thomas

Assistant Manager - Gift Store / 86 Bold Street

  • Birthplace : Swansea
  • Favourite Designer : Tom Dixon
  • LikesThe seaside, Jam tarts & 90's Films
  • Dislikes : Creepy crawlies & Flying
  • Favourite Building : Eiffel Tower, Paris

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, designer 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 for designer furniture, lighting and accessories as Alessi, Kartell, Vitra, E15, Carl Hansen, Fritz Hansen, Hay Flos Lighting, Foscarini Lighting, Artemide Lighting, Bestlite Lighting, Moooi, Swedese, Lightyears, 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, Shell 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!