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.
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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.
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.
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.
Isabelle Danielis is an RMIT graduate of Interior Design & Decoration with a particular focus on kitchen design. With the growth of KWD and our ever increasing portfolio of projects it was vital to bring this essential design service in-house.
Isabelle is charged with bringing Kate’s vision to life on multi-media platforms for client briefings and for creating complete specifications ready for production. She has a true appreciation of joinery design, of functionality and form, and of how the strategic and spatial planning of a kitchen can elevate a design to new heights. The thought process behind her designs is thorough and meaningful with a focused attention to detail.
Nicole plays a key role in our talented design team. A graduate from Deakin University of Architecture, Nicole is our head CAD Documentor. Innately organised, thorough and particular, Nicole loves the precise nature of drafting and seeing KWD's joinery designs come to life. She quickly grasps the key elements of a project and responds to the design brief with an intelligent mind, skilled eye and keen attention to detail.
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.
With so many clients, projects, contractors and collaborators, it is vital to have an effective system for our vast and ever-changing array of samples. Meagan is super organised and keeps all our samples up-to-date so that everything is within easy reach. She is also works alongside the office administration and design teams providing them with support with her considered, thoughtful and measured manner.
Consulting with KWD as Creative Director, Carlo Romanin, of Romanin Design, is responsible for all things visual. Carlo continues to work with some of the world’s leading brands which have included Nike, Adidas and The Westin Hotel group, and understands how to tell a brand’s story in the most stylish and succinct way. His uncomplicated, intelligent creative style and incredible design vision has seen him establish the branding philosophy for KWD across our website and all branded material. Carlo has also played an integral part in the design of the KWD Studio and continues to take the KWD brand to new heights.