Darren bought DBSJ in 2022, having previously held positions of CEO at Thompsons and Managing Director at ISG. In the latter role, he led the integration of Cathedral Contracts into ISG to form Europe’s largest retail and hospitality focused business. He was also responsible for workplace fit-outs throughout London and worked across western Europe.
Darren has earned several industry accolades, including supplier excellence awards from RBS and the Most Innovative Businessman award from M&A International.
head of joinery
The original founder of our joinery manufacturing business, Darren, is detailed in all aspects of the manufacturing process, from initial enquiry to delivery and installation of your completed joinery element.
He is skilled in the detail of joinery construction, heritage and planning. With a terrific eye for detail, he oversees the final quality control of all manufactured items.
As a dedicated and focused operations director with more than 16 years of industry experience, Laurence is responsible for managing our fit-out projects, including preconstruction, client relationships, operations, design and tenders. Throughout his career, Laurence has delivered retail and office fit-outs ranging in size from 2,000ft2 to 75,000ft2 for companies such as IWG, Trainline and Barclays. The quality of his work earned him the IWG Project Manager of the Year award in 2019.
Joe is commercially responsible for projects. Using his 15 years of industry experience gained working as a commercial manager and quantity surveyor, he prices new opportunities, manages live projects, negotiates and agrees contract terms and reviews procurement strategies.
Key to DBSJ’s expansion plans, Joe is skilled at building long-term relationships with existing and potential clients. By developing the company’s supply chain, he is also equipping DBSJ to efficiently deliver sites in all areas of the UK. Joe has worked on projects ranging from £500,000 to £3m.
Tara runs our office, documentation, management and accounting functions. She has been with the business since its formation and has an intimate knowledge of our history whilst also focusing on our future growth plans.
Tara ensures our supply chain is treated with the utmost respect, which is evidenced by our excellent credit rating.
Along with David, Pete is the focal point for our design services team, with extensive experience in the fit-out sector. From project conception to final handover, he works closely with customers, architects and designers to generate fully coordinated layout and elevation plans across all trades.
With more than 40 years of experience in design, carpentry and joinery, Pete is also vastly experienced in fire door technical compliance, having spent over a decade with a specialist fire business.
Working alongside Pete, David is at the heart of our design services team. With advanced knowledge of AutoCAD software and the ability to manage costs, contractors and building regulations, he creates detailed drawings of building shells, shopfronts, stairs, stud walls and more, all the while focusing on cost-effective solutions.
Throughout his 22-year career as a draughtsman, David has used his skills in construction, joinery, civil engineering design and fabrication to manage projects for clients in the retail, leisure and workspace sectors.
With over a decade of experience within the construction industry, Rebecca is an award winning marketing and proposals professional within the built environment.
Rebecca is responsible for marketing, bid management and document production. Through her experience in the industry and APMP Foundation certification, Rebecca will ensure our response to each opportunity is bespoke and tailored to our clients’ needs.
With over 12 years of experience in construction and a background as a bench joiner, Jazz is one of our most versatile construction managers. Working closely with our project managers, he ensures the smooth delivery of our fit-out projects and joinery installation. He has managed construction sites for clients such as Selfridges, John Lewis, Nationwide, HSBC and The Department of Work and Pensions.
Jazz has responsibility for all the subcontractors on site and the safety of the space they are working in. He coordinates the site activity, safely stores site materials, produces site documentation, and reports progress against the programme. He holds an up-to-date CSCS card and is trained in SMSTS, Fire Marshall, First Aid at Work, Asbestos Awareness, and PASMA.