Our Leadership Team

Dave Knight - Managing Director

Dave joined Axminster Carpets in May 2016, having most recently worked in the interior design/furniture market. He has successfully led and transformed over ten businesses across manufacturing and services, with a focus on consumer brands, including the Royal Mint (collectable coins), Xennia, Remploy and BFF Consumer.

His early career was rooted in marketing at major consumer companies including Cadbury Schweppes, Coca Cola, Warner Lambert and Ciba Vision. Dave builds strong businesses focused on the customer, through strategic development, leadership and cultural change, based on a strong set of ethical company values.

As well as his intense desire to see Axminster Carpets continue to grow and delight its customers with great wool-based carpets, in his spare time he is a passionate Yeovil Town supporter and a Street Pastor.

 

Gary Bridge - Design Director

Gary joined Axminster Carpets in 1992 initially to help develop the contract side of the business and now heads the design department for all sectors setting the creative direction within the company. Within this role he was central in helping the company achieve a Royal Warrant designing to this day carpets for Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Royal Albert Hall.

He started his career as a trainee carpet designer in 1984 and has always worked in carpet design, initially being taught in the traditional method with charcoal, paint and paper before experiencing the introduction of computers and development of electronic looms. It is this experience that helps Gary drive innovation at Axminster Carpets.

When he has spare time enjoys managing the local football team and has just completed his first Triathlon Sprint, training for another but his most rewarding time is spending time with his family.

 

Chantel-Leigh Summers - Operations Director

Chantel joined Axminster Carpets in September 2013 where her experience in processes, finance and project management has helped her build a team delivering only the finest carpets.

Chantel prides herself on her team ethos and working with people to be the best they can be and builds strong relationships based on empowerment and trust.

Her early career covers a range of different size companies where mainly her roles were Financial or Project management based and these companies ranged from very small but hugely interesting such as Southend United Football club or large and equally interesting such as Universal Music or Taylor Wimpey. 

Chantel has a belief that the carpet industry should be like fashion and where she chooses her shoes first and builds her outfit around them, she would like carpet to be the first thing chosen when redecorating a room as the new modern Axminster designs are gorgeous and should be shown off! 

 

Narin Ganesh - Finance Director

Narin joined Axminster Carpets in March 2016. He qualified in 1997 as a Chartered Management Accountant and has worked in a variety of diverse enterprises in the not- for- profit, PLC and private company spheres.  He has been involved in business turnarounds since 2013 and has a track record of transforming under-performing finance functions.

Having trained initially in an accountancy practice he moved into social housing before moving into the retail motor franchise sector with Pendragon Plc. Narin has also worked for Sainsburys, Alpha Airports Group and became Finance Director of Neal’s Yard Remedies in 2007. More recently he was the Regional Finance Director for Crown Worldwide Group where he was responsible for the UK, Ireland & Scandinavian regions.

Narin devotes most of his time and energy into growing Axminster Carpets but in what little spare time he has, he is a keen photographer, chef, occasional runner and motorsport enthusiast.

 

Jonathan Young - Sales Director

Joining the company in September 2016, Jonathan has over 30 years’ experience in the interior furnishings business predominantly in the carpet sector holding director level positions in a number of manufacturers including Brintons, Milliken, and most recently OW Hospitality

In addition to his roles within the carpet companies he has also acted as Chairman of the BCFA from 2011 until 2014, leading the Board of the trade association that supports the British Contract Furnishings Association, and currently as Vice President of the UK chapter of the NEWH. He continues to be a Board member of both trade organisations.