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. And with an unrivalled network of manufacturers, importers and trades, Kate is now at the helm of a dynamic team of project managers, interior designers and design professionals.
Well known in the design industry and with an ever-growing social media following, Kate is respected for her unrivalled knowledge of hard finishes and for her innate sense of style. She has the talent and ability to translate a design vision from concept to reality - to match a client’s budget and across any aesthetic.
Kate has now expanded her portfolio to include KWD & Co, an online hard finishes portal, and KWD Access - a platform that makes interior design accessible to anyone, on any budget.
For Kate design isn’t what she does, it’s her way of life.
Claire has a natural flair for project management, staff communication and first-class customer service. Overseeing every aspect of the KWD operation, Claire loves seeing projects progress from concept to completion. Being on site working with builders and clients is where she excels, ensuring that any issues are immediately addressed and keeping everything moving smoothly and efficiently. Every project is tailored to our client’s needs, and Claire makes sure all of these needs are addressed.
Rachael is the ultimate project manager. Adept at sourcing, negotiating and quoting, Rachael has the ability to meet the demands of tight deadlines and budgets. 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, and works closely with clients, trades and builders to deliver beautiful homes on budget and on time.
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 they feel comfortable and confident with his recommendations. James works closely with Kate on inner metropolitan commercial and high-end residential projects and together their creative skills help clients achieve their objectives across any design aesthetic, from ultramodern to traditional.
Isabelle is an RMIT graduate of Interior Design & Decoration with a particular talent for 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. Isabelle loves creating interiors with a point of difference, and designing bespoke joinery suited to the individual home.
Kelly (KP) joined KWD with many years of experience in the design industry. She has always loved real estate and interiors and started her design career as a draftsperson before further exploring her passion for the industry by completing a degree in interior design. She now brings her multi-layered skill set and calm and considered nature to KWD’s design team. A very practical person, KP loves applying design to sensible space planning that will stand the test of time and adapt to a family’s changing lifestyle. She is a self-confessed shopping addict and adores everything to do with interiors, so she is adept at combining the structural elements of drafting and space planning with colour, furniture and soft furnishings to complete the look.
Nicole plays a key role in our talented design team. A graduate from Deakin University of Architecture, Nicole is our head CAD documentor and draftsperson. Innately organised, thorough and particular, Nicole loves the precise nature of drafting and seeing KWD’s joinery designs come to life. Developing the designer’s hand sketches into working drawings is a great skill and is vital for communicating the exact design intent to the builder/joiner.
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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.
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Jenny has exceptional administrative skills and is an integral part of the growing KWD team, who all share a great sense of purpose and drive to succeed. She is a passionate organiser and firm scheduler with a strong focus on ensuring that Kate Walker fits as much as possible into every day.
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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.
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Meaghan is calm and considered and super organised which are vital skills for managing Kate Walker’s intense professional and personal schedule. Meaghan balances Kate and her children’s diaries with aplomb and ensures that all runs smoothly in the Walker household.
Hannah joined KWD as a Graduate Interior Designer and is a talented support for the design team. She loves helping clients to create spaces to share with their loved ones, and her innate sense of style and grace is a valuable asset.
Instagram planning & scheduling
Holly is passionate about the power of social media marketing as she understands the power it has to allow a company to connect with like-minded people on a more personal level. Holly efficiently communicates with KWD and KWD & Co’ followers via our Instagram platforms. She is also currently studying a Bachelor in Law/Arts
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- PR & Marketing Manager
- Head of Creative
Melanie specialises in all things PR, publicity and marketing. She finds exciting and interesting ways of keeping our clients, followers and the public up-to-date with KWD’s projects, products and design innovations. Melanie manages all of KWD’s copy writing and creative communication strategies with the media, including Australian and international magazines, press, blogs and national television.
From its inception, Carlo has helped KWD developed an enormous portfolio of successful creative executions, from identity to advertising, property marketing, website and corporate identities. His role as Head of Design for KWD ensures that all projects uphold a sophisticated, intelligent creative style which continues to add measurable value to the KWD brand in the marketplace.