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Meet the Team


The Umbrella team is a rich mix of creative individuals enjoying a diverse range of design disciplines.

We selected a professional team from the schools of Architecture, Furniture, Interiors and Graphic Design. Together Umbrella offers a unique blend of people who are ideally placed to support you with the furniture requirements of your project. One thread binds them all – A Passion for furniture, providing innovative solutions, creativity and enjoying what they do.


Nick Shann

Nick qualified at the University of Brunel with a degree in Industrial Design & Technology. He was bitten by the furniture bug in 2003 securing his role a designer at Beyon. Nick recognised the need for the Design community to be supported by a more professionally qualified team of individuals and was the vision behind Umbrella.


Matt Clarke

After studying graphic design at university, Matt followed a passion for product design with a successful career within the interior design publishing sector. He launched 'on office' magazine within the workplace industry
and took 'icon' to new levels within the architecture marketplace. With a fresh challenge in mind back in 2009, he moved across to the furniture world to support the A&D community with project specification, manufacturers 'Allermuir'and 'Vitra' are where he fine tuned his passion for furniture.


Nick Ansell

After graduating from the University of Kent with a BA (Hons) in Business & Marketing, Nick ended up working for a number of blue chip companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Beam Suntory. Seeking a new challenge, Nick’s first venture into the furniture world was in 2015 when he joined the Umbrella team as a junior consultant. Working closely with Matt, he was embedded immediately into large multi-supplier projects such as EDF, Lloyd’s Register, Centrica and a large international cosmetic company. It was on projects, such as these Nick was able to fine tune his skill set namely in project management and furniture specification. With his eyes now truly opened to the world of furniture, he is now looking to further advance his credentials in this industry.


Joe Andrews

Joe is the most recent addition to the Umbrella team. After graduating with a media and communications degree from USC in America he cut his teeth in consultative roles at both manufacturer and dealership level Joe has five years’ experience working within the industry and has helped deliver some large projects including Savills, The Office Group and Liberty Mutual. Joe brings a fantastic product knowledge, a well-rounded understanding of the industry and a passion for furniture design.


Rosie Saunders

Rosie joined the furniture industry back in 2011, starting out as a Showroom Manager at Boss Design. After building a great network of contacts within the furniture world it became clear to her that she wanted to develop her career and move into a sales position, Knoll International provided that step. With Knoll came a great opportunity to really increase her furniture knowledge and her passion for design which has blossomed even further within her role as a Furniture Consultant at Umbrella.

Umbrella is totally independent but calls on the group’s 100 year history and financial security to trade confidently.