MEET THE TEAM
Debbie Watts – Managing Director
Debbie gained her HND in interior design at Berkshire college of Art & Design and has been working in the design industry for the last 28 years.
Her first job was working for Burton Design & Construction producing retail designs. She then moved to EPR architects where she worked for the next 9 years gaining exposure to an array of projects and was promoted to Project Director in her 7th year with them. Key projects worked on included Land Securities HQ, The Strand, Maersk Shipping HQ, Docklands, MFS Communications HQ Old Bailey, Royal Bank of Scotland Lombard St., Department of the Environment, Victoria.
After taking the decision to move out of London she secured a position with GL Hearn Workspace solutions where she was swiftly promoted to Design Director. Projects undertaken whilst there were Tektronix HQ Bracknell, CWC Brentford, Price Waterhouse Coopers Colnbrook, Boehringer Ingleheim, Bracknell, Novell across Europe, Sony Basingstoke, Marsh Insurance, City, GE Hammersmith, GSK Ware & Novartis Frimley.
She took some time out to become a mum and returned to work in October 2005 as Design Director for Visual I’s. Key projects worked on during her time there (up until March 2007) include a major accommodation analysis exercise for O2 whereby an evaluation was done on how to significantly increase the occupancy of one of their sites and how it would impact on the staff. This project included a Workplace Audit, accommodation Analysis and furniture review supported by numerous block and space plan proposals. She has also undertook a prestigious project for Cable & Wireless, the UK HQ for Cable & Wireless International in Paddington.
In May 2007 Debbie decided to form her own business, Ashlar ID, the company was borne from a desire to focus firmly on providing comprehensive, cost effective, design solutions for business interiors. 9.5 years on and with a pleasing number of projects satisfactorily completed. Ashlar ID has continued to grow year on year. Clients include KPMG, Pepsico, INC Research, Radian Housing, Zehnder, Flexera, GSK, Blatchfords, Coins, Cherwell District Council, Winchester City Council and Cognito to name but a few.
Debbie’s extensive experience, coupled with the ability to gain a thorough understanding of how the client operates through consultation and observation provides a sound base for a design that works both in terms of function and aesthetics. She also has considerable experience in accommodation review / analysis and assessment.
Ian Hillier – Interior Designer & Director
Ian gained his HND in Spatial Design at the University of Salford and gained a 2:1 Degree in Interior Design at the University of Portsmouth and has been working in the design industry for the last 20 years.
His first job was working for John Graham Interiors (a Sven Christiansen Dealer) as a Junior Designer producing Workplace designs. His duties included Space Planning, producing visuals and sample boards and working as part of the Installation Team.
In 1998, Ian was offered the position of Space Planner/Designer with GL Hearn, where he was exposed to both challenging and high profile projects and clients including Astra Zeneca, Luton, GSK Ware, AIG, nationwide and BA, London Heathrow
Working directly under Debbie Watts, Ian was promoted to Senior Designer in 2001 and key projects include the design of the reception area for AIG Croydon, accommodation study and planning for Astra Zeneca Luton, GSK Ware and the design of the Directors’ Suite for GSK in Ware.
Ian was the Account Manager for both AIG nationwide and GSK Ware and managed a team of space planners
After relocating to the midlands in 2005 Ian’s skill sets were procured by Work Interiors in Nottingham to work as a Principal Designer.
Duties were to lead on a wide range of office projects for clients such as Freeth Cartwright, East Midlands, Melton Borough Council and Tribal Group, nationwide.
Since joining Ashlar ID in March 2009, Ian worked as Lead Designer for the 3 year refurbishment of County Hall on behalf of Leicestershire County Council. This has led to acting as leading as designer and space planning for the new Melton Borough Council offices, Harborough District Council and more recently Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Ian has been recruited by Coventry University as part of their estates team as a space planning consultant and has been exposed to many large scale projects and business as usual smaller projects.
He too has a very sound knowledge in all aspects of workspace design; he is a very creative designer who has an eye for detail.