Designer Kitchen Direct Harrogate
5 Stars - Based on Customer Reviews

Meet the Team

Spend some time getting to know the people at the heart of our business. Designer Kitchen Direct has branches in Harrogate, Sheffield, Stafford and Newton Aycliffe. Read more about our team below.

Dawn Rayner

Co-founder & Managing Director

I’ve been in the kitchen industry for over 40 years (that’s right, I started work at the age of 3! ). I’m proud to say that DKD is a real family affair, with lots of different family members from multiple generations all coming together as one team. But to be honest, I see everyone here as family anyway!

Mary Major

Co-founder & Creative Director

After finishing my degree in Interior Architecture and Interior Design in 2003, I took my first job designing kitchens. I haven’t looked back since, I’ve now been a part of DKD since 2015.

I’m also a happy mummy of two, Teddy and Arabella!

Lauren Fleetham

Office Manager

I have worked at DKD since 2016, and Dawn is my step-mum!

I spend approximately 3 hours each day taking my two huge dogs for walk; Winston is a Dogue De Bordeaux and Cali is a German Shepherd.

Leah Fleetham

Sales Manager

I’m the first designer that DKD took onboard, and I’m also Dawn’s step-daughter.

I’ve been working here for since 2016 and I love to spend my holidays skiing with family (which I’ve been doing since I was only 18 months old!).

Dom Rayner

Financial Controller

I’m Dawn’s son and I’ve been at DKD since 2018. In my spare time I love to play bridge – so much so that I’ve represented Sheffield A, Yorkshire A and England U26s in national and international tournaments.

Simon Griffiths


I might technically be new to the team, but I’ve known everyone here since the beginning (and always knew I’d end up working here officially one day!). I was a graphic designer after I left university, and have been in the kitchen industry since 2018.

Becca Horsfield

Sales Support

I’ve been part of the team at DKD since 2019 and I have a degree in interior architecture.

When I’m not at work, you can find me hanging out with my little pug, Rupert!

Liam Ricci

CAD Designer

Since completing my level 2 diploma in interior design, I’ve been working in the kitchen industry since 2018 — and part of DKD since 2021.

A fun fact about me is that I’ve managed to break both my arms and legs (not at the same time!).

Joel Duce


I’m a relatively new addition to the team here at DKD, and Dawn is my cousin.

My claim to fame is that I finished in the top 100 (worldwide) in the FIFA 23 Champions Weekend!

Rebecca Duce

Technical Support/Order Processor

I’ve been in the kitchen industry since 1997, and at DKD since 2020 so far.

I’m one of Dawn’s in-laws, and Joel, our administrator, is my son, too!

Alex Major

Warehouse Manager

I have been at DKD since my wife, Mary, and mother, Dawn, went to get some business cards printed and came back with a showroom!

Having come from a hospitality background, you can always find me in the kitchen at parties mixing some drinks.

Martin Cassell

Delivery Driver

I have been with DKD since 2021. I work alongside my Dad, Pete, who has been here since the company was formed.

I am passionate about motorsports and love socialising with friends and family in my spare time.

Jamie Kerr


I’m a self-employed fitter but I’ve worked with DKD sine 2017! I’ve been a fitter since 2002.

I love completing 12k assault courses like tough mudder and total warrior!

Morgan Kerr


I’m a self-employed apprentice fitter and Jamie’s son. I’ve been fitting kitchens and working for DKD since 2020.

I’m a 2nd degree black belt, international Bo Staff Champion and an aspiring boxer.

Scott Green


I have been fitting kitchens since 2004, originally working alongside Jamie.

I have now been a lead fitter with DKD since 2020. When I am not at work with our DKD family, I love nothing more than spending my social time with my wife and 2 little girls.

Luke Knight


I have been working for DKD since 2018 doing both kitchen fitting as well as working for their dedicated and loyal recommended building team. I originally learnt to fit kitchens working alongside Julian and now I work alongside Scott.

Outside of work, I race downhill mountain bikes and have recently turned professional.

Julian Rudd


I have been a self-employed kitchen fitter since 1988 and have worked for DKD since 2018.

I love building motorcycles in my leisure time as well as spending quality time with my family

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From Our Family to Yours How our family-run business pour passion into every project

Directors, Dawn & Mary, chat about what it’s like to work so closely with family members and how we try to incorporate our values into our work.