Meet The Team

Meet the Team



Austin Hughes

Facilities & Asset Management

Like father, like son, Austin loves working with his hands, and during lock down, used his skills to turn an old shed into a man cave using recycled materials, mainly pallets (…wow, that’s pretty impressive… and it includes a fully stocked bar!) show more...

He used to be a mad footballer at school but since entering the ‘real’ world, rarely finds the time these days.

: Practical work, particularly working with and making things out of wood, good quality tools, all forms of construction, digger driving (random!), all types and flavours of donuts (he does not discriminate) and table tennis, to name a few.

: Bad quality tools, seeing good quality wood being wasted because he will find a use for it! Oh, and Monday mornings (they’re the worst).

Dreams of
: Beating Chris McQuillan 3 straight sets at table tennis (...sadly, I don’t think there’s any chance of this happening any time soon).

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Barry Saunders

Warehouse & Distribution

Barry spends his days whizzing about in the van doing the weekly deliveries around the North. Catch him if you can.

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Bethany Palmer

Customer Care

Out of the frying pan and into the fire, this sweet girl can cope under pressure and she can hold her own. With an eye for detail, and a penchant for Smarties McFlurrys, our Beth, is sure to keep you right. show more...

Bethany's pet-peeve is when other drivers are on the road at the same time as her, so please, would you do her a courtesy and get off the road!

In other news, she is loving her new role as an 'aunticorn' (official definition: like a normal aunt, only more awesome). She's slightly skittish, but the office wouldn't be the same without her loud gasps and gazelle-like tendencies.

: Chai tea, Starbucks, sleep and spending summers in the South of France.

: making decisions, early mornings and spiders.

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Chris McQuillan


Chris is a Grade 1 Table Tennis Coach and Captain of Ballymena A Table Tennis Club. He loves musical theatre and 80's music. 
And ...he's a major Ballymena Utd superfan!


Conor McDermott

Engineering & Maintenance

Conor loves nothing more than being stuck behind a 16KG washing machine in Cork on a Friday afternoon. He also has the unique inability to see parts that are right bang in front of his face (do we need to give him directions to Specsavers?) show more...



Dreams of:

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Connor McQuillan

Warehouse & Distribution

Connor is the newest member of the team but is anything but shy. A real talker, he’s sure to put you at ease if you’re the type that struggles to make more...

Lover of music, bowls and pool/snooker, matched with a real competitive streak, he competes in all 3 disciplines and also used to be an Ulster U16 3000 metres champion. Fun fact: He is the only person on the planet (I’m guessing) to enjoy recorder music …and he’s got grade 5 in playing! (I’m twitching just remembering that cacophony …or perhaps best described as noise pollution …sorry Connor, you’re definitely on your own on this one).

Singing and playing piano, snooker/pool and indoor bowls

Dislikes: Silence (would prefer to hear his own voice), snow and ice, bad drivers and people who take the low offer on The Chase.

Dreams of: Playing piano in the Royal Albert Hall.
Curtis Clelland

Curtis Clelland

Warehouse Operative

Curtis works in our warehouse alongside Braden. They are very alike but both constantly complain about how annoying the other one is ...pot. kettle. boys! show more...

In his spare time, Curtis likes to build computers (wow ...actual skills!). 'Keep calm and get yourself to Starbucks' is his cure for all.

Nothing more than enjoying a few pints at his local.

Dislikes: Early mornings and the sharp objects Heather keeps in her desk.

Dreams of: Owning a pickup so that he can go for a rally around the dirt tracks.
Eddie Greer

Eddie Greer

Warehouse & Distribution

If Eddie’s not in a van, he’s busy picking orders on the warehouse floor. Likes to use his outdoor voice indoors.

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Gary McCartney

Engineering & Maintenance

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Gemma Andrews

Project Administrator - James Clement Interiors

Part of the James Clement Interiors team, Gemma keeps busy with furniture quotes and just loves working out the fabric requirements for curtains and blinds …or not… (do you know she doesn’t have curtains in her home? …well, the neighbours are the kind with 4 legs so why would you bother). show more...

Another foodie, she fits in well with the rest of us, and when Gemma’s not planning another holiday, she’s on one.

Likes: Beach days, mountain walks, going out for dinner, Netflix, and red wine.

Dislikes: "
Frogs, being cold, standing in queues and icy driveways.

Dreams of: Retiring to Spain with the family, learning Spanish (helpful in Spain), and having a home filled with lots of rescue dogs (although the husband might not agree).

Hannah Taylor

Project Management - James Clement Interiors

The sweetest member of our team has got to be Mrs Taylor. Although, she obviously doesn’t think we’re sweet enough from the amount of sugary confections she plies us with …definitely a feeder …never ever leave us Hannah! show more...

Work-mum to most (and furniture/fit-out guru), Hannah is always in high spirits (and no, not the alcoholic kind …the joyful sort!). When she’s not coming to the rescue of our customers or trying her best to control her wanderlust tendencies, she’s DIYing and competing in archery …her talents never fail to amaze us!

Likes: Order & organisation, candles, deep cleaning, sunny weekends by the coast and having a tan. 

Dislikes: Bad manners, lack of sleep, feeling scared and tomatoes (strange girl!).
Heather Edgar

Heather Edgar

Marketing Manager

As our resident ‘Just for Fun’ team-games guru, meetings are never dull when Heather’s around. show more...

It’s Heather’s job to make things look pretty and resource the Sales Team, and when she’s not at her computer on InDesign, she’s in yet another meeting. PowerPoint queen, birthday cake-maker and self-confessed perfectionist. She takes no nonsense and when she raises that eyebrow, we all know Heather means business!

The banter, the beach, a bit of healthy competition and any excuse for a dinner party.

Dislikes: "
Snowflakes", rodents, people cracking their knuckles (Bethany!!!), and early mornings (but the good coffee helps!)
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Jay Grzeszczak

Project Site Manager

Jay is a busy man with his time split between the Service Dept. and managing projects on sites for the James Clement Interiors division. show more...

This ray of sunshine loves the part of his job where he gets to meet new people, and is in his element when he can get a laugh out of you. Jay’s favourite quote is “easy peasy lemon squeezy” and give him enough time to get the job done, he’s “oakie dokie”.

Fishing, family time and a job well done.

Bad weather, bad food and when things don’t go to plan;

Dreams of: Going on a fishing holiday (just make sure there’s no snakes about).


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John Doyle

Warehouse & Distribution


John Lonergan

Account Manager

Not one for sitting around, he enjoys the simple things in life …cycling, chocolate and comedies (especially his laugh out loud favourite ‘Only Fools & Horses’). John’s go-to karaoke song is ‘Hotel California’, and if he had to eat one meal for the rest of his life it would have to be bacon & cabbage. show more...

Route66 is on his bucket list and he tells us if he could be an animal, he’d be an eagle (hmm …interesting!)

Likes: Christmas dinner (oh yeah)

Dislikes: People standing too close at checkouts

Dreams of: the beach


Johnny Woods

Operations Manager

Our jiving Johnny from Armagh takes charge of all goods-in and -out of the Warehouse. When he’s not doing this, he’s doing his best to keep the warehouse boys from getting up to too much mischief! show more...

A man of few words, Johnny likes to get things done with as little drama as possible. In fact, there are only two times in the year when Johnny’s popularity wanes, and that’s when it’s all hands on deck for stock-take day and Johnny likes to get everyone into work extra early (like before the sun comes up! …the poor night owls are traumatised).
Katie Preston

Katie Preston

Service Co-Ordinator

Back from maternity leave (...honestly, some people will do anything to get a bit of time off work), Katie is adjusting to office life once again and her new role that involves looking after two engineers and supporting the sales team (wow, those mummying skills will come in some use). show more...

Not one to use her inside voice (like ever), Katie is life and soul of the party, which might also explain her struggle with the early morning routine. Her proven strategy in the war to stay awake is sugar …and more sugar (if you ever need a fix, Katie always has her top drawer well stocked with sweets but shh we’re not supposed to know that).

Katie is a big footy fan and a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ (Katie - you’ve found your tribe).

Likes: being a new mum, cocktails and conspiracy theories

Dislikes: snow and defrosting the car in the morning

Dreams of: her next weekend getaway.

Kevin Glass

Business Development Director

Kevin started with us 13 years ago! He doesn't look old enough, does he? He works tirelessly to give the impression that he works tirelessly, yet amazingly delivers deals and diligence for his customers regularly. show more...

He's also got some mad skills behind the BBQ! ...apparently, it's all in the prep. ...I'll have mine medium-rare please, Kevin!

Good customer references, breaking targets and gaining new customers.

Dislikes: An untidy office and when Jay beats him at the Table Tennis. 

Dreams of: Happy staff, happy customers, happy Tim.
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Lloyd Palmer

Executive Assistant

Lloyd no longer drinks tea at work - maximising efficiencies and all that, tea takes too long to make apparently. Now, the day starts with a cup of strong black coffee (strength – 4 beans, nothing less is acceptable). show more...

Proud Daddy (and maybe slightly over-protective of his little princess), he is now pretty sleep deprived but is managing to keep all Kevin's ducks in a row (...and he's not bad with a hoover either!). 

Being part of a fully-functioning successful team. Used to like lazy weekends and drinking many variations of Bourbon whiskey he's a hands-on dad and well, life is somewhat different.  

When things occasionally don't go to plan, rain, salads and the 'woke' generation ...oh and when Oriana cries (he dies a little inside)!

Dreams of:
Keeping the fitness levels up (sitting at a desk all day is bad for this) and owning a Caribbean island.

Michael Merritt

Engineering & Maintenance

Electric music-loving Michael is our most talented technician in the kitchen ...his chicken bake and lasagne are edible (...just kidding they are divine ...please, please keep feeding us!). show more...

He is also a dab hand at identifying and fixing issues for our customers and has a particular fondness for the scented mattresses that kindly appear in his workshop. An avid storyteller, Michael is currently working on his first book (...we await with bated breath and anticipation!...). 

As well as being a committed charity fundraiser, Michael also finds time to bowl for Ireland (but is actually a proud Scotsman).

He's young enough to keep up with everyone on the team and old enough to complain about "youngsters".


Michael Tierney

Warehouse & Distribution

Michael spends his days delivering here, there and everywhere in the South.


Molly Speers

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Molly is our incontinence nurse (after all, why stop for toilet breaks when we can wear diapers instead?!). show more...

Our very own Miss Chatterbox, Molly longs for a wet weekend when extra-curricular activities are abandoned and she can put her feet up in front of the fire with a glass (really a bottle) of prosecco and dream of the day her son becomes a professional golfer so she can retire early and cruise around the world in style.

Likes: Strictly Come Dancing and chocolate.

Dislikes: Juggling all her children’s social and sporting activities.


Stephen Patterson

Warehouse & Distribution

A long-standing member of the team, nothing gets past Stephen, with his eye for detail and his knowledge of customer ordering habits.


Terri Shields

Credit Controller

Terri is super-organised and suffers no fools (beware, this feisty credit controller [or the girl in accounts as she’s affectionately known by the Agri team] doesn’t come with a remote) but, she’ll be the first to greet you with a great big smile. show more...

Poor Terri struggles with the early mornings but with a cup of tea in hand and a hot water bottle to keep her warm, she’s ready to face the day.

A minimalist at heart, Terri’s desk is always immaculate (puts the rest of us to shame) and so are her nails …shabby nails are a no-no …and if she hasn’t got new nail art to show us every fortnight, something is definitely wrong!

Likes: WKD daiquiris, her dog Sophie, and being toasty warm. Also thinks you can’t beat a big bag of salted popcorn (yummy) or garlic stuffed olives to nibble on (wait ...does Tim know this?!).

Dislikes: Spiders, slow drivers and her fiancé’s drooling dog!! Also doesn’t like when Lloyd squeaks the pink horn!

Tim Hughes

Managing Director

Based in Antrim and having been with the company since he founded it over 30 years ago, Tim craves for as little hassle as possible with everyone else doing the work. show more...

He is most happy surrounded by happy customers, really really good coffee and weekends.

He works hard to ensure no-one forgets to put the coffee in the cupboard and that any staff who have garlic at lunchtime are made to sit in the warehouse.

Tom Aughey

Accounts Office Manager

Tom is our in-house Acrobat – he mainly juggles his day and balances the books. show more...

Tom enjoys regular exercise at his local leisure centre and is a founder member of his local Men’s Shed in Crumlin Co. Antrim.

Members of a men’s shed are known as ‘Shedders’.

For anyone who doesn't know ...a Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men.

Likes: Fine food and a good red wine, in that order. 

Dislikes: Diets, empty red wine bottles, being awake.

Dreams of: A long, happy healthy retirement pottering about with his shedders, although he'll have to wait a few years!!