THE KWD TEAM
Kate Walker founded KWD in 2013. Having worked in the tile industry for over 15 years, Kate identified the need for a streamlined solution for busy people who need support with their complete hard finish requirements. With entrepreneurial skills in her DNA, Kate naturally grew the business – seeing opportunities and seizing them with both hands. With an unrivalled network of manufacturers, importers and trades, Kate is now at the helm of a dynamic team of project managers and design enthusiasts.
– Mornington Peninsula
James has an amazing eye for design and an instinctive talent for space and colour. He understands quality and has a natural way of working with clients so that they are comfortable and confident with his recommendations. James works closely with Kate on all commercial and high end residential projects in the CBD and surrounds and is rapidly expanding the KWD clientele.
Claire has a natural flair for aesthetics and design, and quickly grasps what her clients are trying to achieve, putting them immediately as ease and inspiring confidence in all she does. She works closely with Kate on all projects around the Mornington Peninsula, from the coast to the hinterland. Born and bred in Flinders and now living in Mt Martha, Claire understands the area – the typography, the light, and sea air, and enjoys collaborating with our clients to achieve their desired outcome.
Rachael is the ultimate project manager. With extensive experience in the demanding and pressured event planning industry, she works diligently and effectively behind the scenes to ensure every task is undertaken and completed in a timely manner. Her dedication in the office enables Kate and the rest of the development team to be out in the field taking care of client projects face to face. Rachael is the key driver to ensure that the projects run on time, in terms of stock procurement and material deliveries.
A vital conduit between Kate and KWD’s clients, Kelly keeps everyone up to date with the progress of their projects, from consultation to completion. Scheduling timelines with importers, warehousing, freight forwarders and installers that meet our clients’ requirements is a challenge, and Kelly’s management of this process and ensures the smooth running of every project. Kelly is also the gateway to Kate, managing Kate’s diary and ensuring that every client is responded to in a timely manner and that all client meetings run on schedule.
Jenny has exceptional organisational and administrative skills and is an integral part of the growing KWD team. She makes sure that the back end of the office runs smoothly, so that customer service can remain paramount for the sales administration team.
Melanie specialises in all things marketing. She finds exciting and interesting ways of keeping our clients and followers up-to-date with KWD’s projects, products and design innovations. Melanie also manages KWD’s creative communication strategies - from media liaison, publicity and PR to copywriting and digital design including our social media, website and weekly blog.
When Kate is in client meetings with James or Claire, the ideas flow so freely that designs are often created and developed on the spot. With so much information and detail required for a project, Leonie is charged with keeping track of all that is discussed so that every facet of the project design is documented and ready for action.
With so many clients, projects, contractors and collaborators, it is vital to have an effective filing and record keeping system. Holly is super organised, and keeps all of our records up-to-date so that everything is within easy reach. She is responsible for organising sampling for clients and to ensure our product library is current and full of new and exciting material.
Lynne is our financial whiz. She keeps KWD running smoothly and efficiently, taking care of all the KWD staff and contractors, and managing payroll accounts payable and accounts receivable.