Meet The Team

At Dodds & Shute we are lucky to have a fantastic and dedicated team of individuals

Jacob Banks
Jacob Banks
Sales Support

Recently graduating from studying Furniture design Jacob has kickstarted his career in the industry with Dodds & Shute. He has past experience in retail furniture sales and a broad understanding of established brands and designers.

Jacob has a strong belief that design should be centred around what we do and support the way we live. His design aesthetic can be described as 'functional minimalism' with some of his favourite brands being: De La Espada, Nikari and Fredericia.

Outside of work Jacob likes to spend his weekends running, cooking and socialising with friends. Jacob's personality type is 'ESFJ-T' otherwise known as a 'Consul'. "Extraordinarily caring, social, popular and always eager to help".

Fran Calvert
Fran Calvert
Account Manager

Fran joined Dodds & Shute after working in the industry for 2 years as an Interior Design Assistant and in contract furniture sales. Her keen eye for art and design came from her Fine Art degree which she studied at the Leeds College of Art and Design.

Her favourite designer is Lucie Koldova from Czech Republic who is best known for her lighting design involving beautiful and sculptural blown glass structures.

Fran has fond memories of her six month stint in South America. It offered her the opportunity to experience many diverse cultures and generally broadened her mind whilst feeding the soul!

Fran's personality type is 'ISFP-A' otherwise known as an 'Adventurer'. "Flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience something new".

Stefan Dodds
Stefan Dodds
Co Founder + Managing Director

Stefan studied law at university and started in the design industry straight after his degree; he hasn’t looked back since.

Having worked on some of London’s largest luxury developments and hotels, Stefan has a wealth of experience in managing both small and large projects from the initial design stages to the final handover. Enjoying a challenge, he has become renowned for his skill of working to tight budgets on projects in Europe and across the world.

Stefan is passionate about creating a change in our industry, showing clients that we have the power to procure sustainably and responsibly whilst still achieving a great aesthetic. He has an eclectic design style and enjoys working with a mixture of vintage and Italian contemporary furniture with a focus on lighting and sculptural pieces.

Stefan’s personality type is 'ENFP-A' otherwise known as a 'Campaigner. "Enthusiastic, creative and a sociable free spirit who can always find a reason to smile".

Chelsea Fyles
Chelsea Fyles
Head of Strategic Partnerships

Chelsea has been brought up in the design industry working in auction rooms from as young as 10. With over a decade of B2B experience internationally working with established brands such as Lee Broom and Original BTC, Chelsea’s connections within the industry is vast. She’s is genuinely excited by meeting new people and believes that an authentic, transparent business relationship is a successful one.

Working on some of London most iconic hotels, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, The Stratford and The Standard her strategy is simple – work hard, work smart and have some fun along the way. Chelsea is keen on soft minimalist design, and particular fan of brands such as Nikari, Massproductions and Frederica. She believes responsible design brings a better quality of life.

Chelsea’s personality type is ENFP-A, a campaigner. Enthusiastic, creative and a sociable free spirit who can always find a reason to smile.

Michael Hooper
Michael Hooper
Operations Director

Michael is our resident Kiwi, he worked in publishing as a graphic designer before moving to London ten years ago. Prior to joining Dodds & Shute he spent five years in the luxury furniture and lighting industry in both sales and management roles.

Michael has a passion for all things creative. He loves running and couldn't live without his triple-shot flat whites from Monmouth.

Michael's ideal design aesthetic would be 'Pawsonian Minimalism' - anything by John Pawson. People that are of constant inspiration to him are: Alt Group (NZ), Build Studio, Experimental Jetset, Geoff McFetridge, Sam Hecht, Fearon Hay and Michael Craig-Martin.

Michael's personality type is 'ISFJ-T' otherwise known as a 'Defender'. "Very dedicated and warm protector, always ready to defend their loved ones".

Rachael Hymas
Rachael Hymas
New Business Development

Rachael’s career in design began after attending an event and speaking with a friend who put her in touch with a local Architectural Practice. She has a BA Hons degree in Architecture, a diploma in Interior Design and over 10 years’ experience working in this field. During this time she has been building contacts along the way by attending as many events as humanly possible. This is when she also founded her own design networking events called ‘If Not Now Then When?’. She has a passion for bringing people together and making genuine connections to better the design industry.

Rachael has a strong appreciation for the Bauhaus era and minimalistic design in general. Due to her background in Architecture she has always loved furniture that has been designed alongside the building itself, therefore, designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier are definitely favourites of hers.

Rachael’s personality type is 'ENFJ-A' otherwise known as a 'Protagonist'. "A natural-born leader, full of passion and charisma".

Rosie O’Callaghan
Rosie O’Callaghan
Account Manager

Rosie joined Dodds & Shute after 3 years working in her parents Kitchen and Interior Design company. This is where her passion for interiors really grew!

She enjoys many types of design and is particularly inspired by the Bauhaus movement. She enjoys 'pops of colour' and natural materials.

She studied psychology and criminology at university and has a keen interest in people’s behaviours and actions. In her spare time she enjoys playing netball, eating out and socialising with friends and family.

Rosie's personality type is 'ESFJ-A' otherwise known as a 'Consul'. "Extraordinarily caring, social, popular and always eager to help".

Taiara Ogbonna
Taiara Ogbonna
Project Manager

Taiara has an education in decorative arts; a contemporary design degree exploring disciplines such as ceramics, wood, metals and glass but found her love in textile design. Specifically hand printing on luxury textiles.

Her experience in buying, product development and FF&E procurement has seen her work on a range of projects from hotels, co-working / living, luxury student accommodation and residential. The knowledge Taiara has gathered over the years enables her to source creative ways to answer a project brief but has honed her skill focusing on budget and delivering on time.

Her favourite style is an eclectic blend of mid-century modern furniture with ethic art and accessories, focusing on raw materials and textiles with accent colours. Taiara is inspired by designers and artists such as Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, George Nelson, Barber & Osgerby, Aissa Dione and Yinka Llori Studio.

Taiara’s personality type is 'ENFJ-A' otherwise known as a 'Protagonist'. "A natural-born leader, full of passion and charisma".

Nick Shute
Nick Shute
Co Founder + Creative Director

Nick has an education in product design from Brighton and Leeds with a strong passion and knowledge of the industry.

A self confessed furniture nerd that dedicates his memory bank almost exclusively to product design. His experience allows him to work on a range of projects finding the right solution to fit any brief or budget from bespoke design to off-the-shelf products.

His favourite style is modern and industrial with an emphasis on texture, raw metals and natural woods. Designers that inspire him are: Jean Prouve, Max Lamb, Michael Anastassiades, Gabriel Hendifar & Philippe Malouin.

Nick's personality type is 'INFJ-T' otherwise known as an 'Advocate'. "Quiet and mystical, yet inspiring and a tireless idealist".