All About Us

The team behind Utility

Welcome to Utility! The store selling modern, original designer furniture, lighting, home accessories, gifts, watches and jewellery - that's a lot of design! 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 - we are human, after all...

Richard Skelton

Richard Skelton

E Commerce & Brand Director

  • Birthplace : York
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Jean Prouve
  • Likes : Salty chocolate, Popcorn and Nachos
  • Dislikes : Salami, Pork Pies, Ginger Beer
  • Favourite Building : Kaufmann House, Palm Springs
  • Contact Me :
Dick Mawdsley

Dick Mawdsley

Finance & Property Director

Kate Cowie

Kate Cowie

HR Director

  • Birthplace : Weston-Super-Mare
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Eero Saarinen
  • Likes : French Bread & Cheese, Sunshine & Sauvignon Blanc
  • Dislikes : Bananas & Fizzy Drinks
  • Favourite Building : Grand Central Station
  • Contact Me :
Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Retail Operations Director

  • Birthplace : Northwich
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Michael Anastassiades
  • Likes : Winegums, Cricket & Tweeting
  • Dislikes : Apricots, Leather jackets & Queueing
  • Favourite Building : Peter Eisenman House VI
  • Contact Me :
Amy Carter

Amy Carter

Web Sales Coordinator

Julie Valentine

Julie Valentine

Contract Sales Director

  • Birthplace : Aughton
  • Favourite Utility 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 : Tyrone, Ireland
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Le Corbusier
  • Likes : Flat Whites, Football & Footwear
  • Dislikes : Tomato
  • Favourite Building : Black Desert House, Yucca Valley
  • Contact Me :
Tom Potter

Tom Potter

Digital Content Co-Ordinator

  • Birthplace : Liverpool-ish (Whiston)
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Arne Jacobsen
  • Likes : Coffee, Seasides & Bad Jokes
  • Dislikes : Olives
  • Favourite Building : Ribbon Chapel, Hiroshima
  • Contact Me :
Steph Lloyd

Steph Lloyd

Retail Buyer

Adam Glover

Adam Glover

Manager - Gift Boutique / Liverpool One

  • Birthplace : Wallasey
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Thomas Heatherwick
  • Likes : Contemporary Art, Red wine and Belle & Sebastian
  • Dislikes : Wasps & Rail Replacement Buses
  • Favourite Building : Fallingwater, Pennsylvania
  • Contact Me :
Anna Marie Prince

Anna-Marie Robinson

Manager - Gift Boutique / Liverpool Bold Street

  • Birthplace : Crewe
  • Favourite Utility 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
  • Contact Me :
Ben Fitzsimons

Ben Fitzsimons

Warehouse Assistant

  • Birthplace : Liverpool
  • Favourite Utility Designer : Harry Bertoia
  • Likes : Chocolate, Zelda & Linda McCartney
  • Dislikes : Chewing Noises
  • Favourite Building : Notre Dame, Paris
Otto The Dog


Bringer of Calm, Love and Affection

  • Birthplace : Maryport, Cumbria
  • Likes : Anything edible
  • Dislikes : Vacuum Cleaners, Squirrels, Courier Drivers
  • Favourite BuildingMagis Dog House

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.

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, HayFlos Lighting, Foscarini Lighting, Artemide Lighting, Bestlite Lighting, Moooi, Muuto, Swedese, Lightyears, String Shelving, Softline, Tom Dixon, Magis, Mondaine, UmbraZeitraum 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 our project 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, Gaucho Restaurants, 3 Mobile, 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!

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