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The Team

Sean Sutcliffe

Sean Sutcliffe

Co-founder and MD of Benchmark, Sean trained as a designer and furniture maker before starting the small studio workshop from which Benchmark has grown. Sean is an outspoken proponent of sustainable timber sourcing and the regeneration of the British furniture industry.

Terence Conran

Terence Conran

Terence is internationally renowned as a retailer, having founded Habitat and the Conran Shop, and as a leading designer and restaurateur. Less well known is that he started his career as a furniture manufacturer with the launch of Conran Furniture so he was returning to his roots when he co-founded Benchmark in 1984 with Sean Sutcliffe.

Steven Huzzey

Steven Huzzey

Steven joined Benchmark in 1989 as a 15-year-old apprentice in the workshop and has worked his way up to Director and Sean's right hand man. He has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the manufacturing and installation processes and extensive contacts among suppliers of materials and services.

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

Before joining Benchmark in 2005, Steve, our Operations Director, was Factory Manager for Parker Knoll having started as an apprentice at 15, working his way up through all parts of the business. He brings a wealth of manufacturing experience and outstanding team leadership skills.

Steve Owens

Steve Owens

Steve started his career as an engineering apprentice before going to university to study design. It was there he found a passion for furniture and joined Benchmark a few years after graduating. In his 10 years at Benchmark Steven has risen to Head of Design and Managing Director of the furniture range.