Meet the Just Shutters team
Our expert team at Just Shutters is here to ensure your satisfaction, from the very start of your relationship with us, all the way through the design and installation process, and long after. We are delighted to have an unrivalled reputation and pride ourselves on our satisfied and repeat customers, and of course those all-important word of mouth recommendations. Our customers are our business – we hope we can welcome you among them.
Chris Rocker – Founder
Chris Rocker founded Just Shutters in Bournemouth in 2006.
Chris says: 'We live and work in Bournemouth and luckily we are only about half a mile from the sea. I spent most of my school years here but moved away to join the Royal Air Force. In June 2000 I was offered, and accepted, a directorship of an AIM-listed company based in Oxfordshire. Although this was some distance away, Bournemouth was the natural place to return to and offered so much more than where we had been living. I feel that this area offers so much to us that it is difficult to envisage living anywhere else!
'In 2006 after having fallen in love with Plantation Shutters, a dream of starting a specialist company to meet the growing demand in the field was realised, Just Shutters was born. We have grown steadily and strongly over the past decade and now there is a Just Shutters franchisee covering over 150 towns and cities in the UK. I am passionate about what we offer, how we can provide the very best solution individually for all houses and with over 50% of our business coming from recommendations and additional orders I guess that our customers agree too.
'The vision and inspiration for Just Shutters was, is, and will always be to offer a beautiful product at great value with the best levels of customer service possible. I am delighted that we have been able to consistently do this; one of my measures of success is the feedback we receive from customers via Checkatrade.com.'
Simon Osterloh – Managing Director
I am extremely proud to be Just Shutters Managing Director it is a pleasure working alongside the excellent team we have built up over the years, helping achieve the vision for the business and taking the helm at this exciting stage of the company life.
I have over 30 years’ extensive business management experience across a number of industries which has taken me from Zimbabwe to South Africa, Ireland and now the UK.
I take great pride in assisting companies to achieve their strategic goals and meeting head on the day-to-day challenges that they face, and enjoy nothing better than being an integral part of a thriving and happy team environment.
Growing up in the bushes of Africa, I am an outdoor person, love wildlife and am an avid open water diver. When I have the chance, I get stuck into a more sedate passion: sitting behind an easel painting and sketching.
Victor Brown - Franchise Sales Manager
Victor joins us from Shutter Craft where he effectively managed the John Lewis Partnership account for over seven years. Victor has over 28 years experience in the retail field, 17 of these he spent with John Lewis.
Victor brings invaluable knowledge and experience to our franchise and is looking forward to making his contribution to us all. He says ‘I am genuinely very excited to join such a friendly and welcoming team here at Just Shutters. My new role is specifically to drive the growth of Just Shutters, support our ever expanding network of franchisees and to help achieve our commercial objectives. With more emphasis on a retail approach I don't have any doubt I can help the franchisees build on what has been a great success story thus far. I thank everybody for the warm welcome!’
Charlotte Fantelli – Marketing Manager
An award-winning businesswoman, Charlotte Fantelli is Just Shutters' Marketing Manager.
Having worked with Chris and Helen to build the Just Shutters brand identity, from the logo and colour schemes to brochures and marketing material back in 2006, Charlotte now runs the marketing operations from Just Shutters HQ.
“I am very proud to be part of the Just Shutters team. he marketing work we do is the face of the company, usually the first contact we have with our customers. With Just Shutters it is such a pleasure to know that every member of the team behind the adverts, website and shopfront delivers all the marketed promises and exceeds customer expectations.”
Jasmin Weir – Showroom Manager
Jasmin joined us at the beginning of 2016, after a successful eleven-year career in luxury goods and jewellery retail. Jasmin has a wealth of experience in customer service and management.
Jasmin says ‘I am very excited about joining the Just Shutters team, their level of professionalism and dedication to customer service impressed me, I look forward to this exciting new adventure.’
Outside of work Jasmin enjoys spending time with her family and reading a great book!
Livia Gusman - Customer Services Administrative Co-ordinator
Livia joined us as our Customer Services Administrative Co-ordinator in May 2016.
First impressions count, and it is important for any business to have a knowledgable and approachable first point of contact. We certainly have this in Livia, whether it be in person or by phone, her enthusiastic and disarming persona put our customers at ease and fit perfectly with our high standards of customer care and brand ethic.
Livia also brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in luxury hospitality & holistics as well as extensively in the corporate arena.
Livia says; “I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated and talented team. Having a keen interest in interior design, it is a real pleasure for me to be working with such an aspirational and beautiful product.”
Just Shutters Dorset Franchise
Kate Papiernik – Shutter Designer
Kate (pictured right) started working for Just Shutters in 2007 and soon became Just Shutters’ Master Fitter. Kate is now Just Shutters’ Designer. Customers were delighted with her expert skill and feminine touch when installing in their homes.
"I was with Just Shutters as Master Fitter for over four years, but left in 2011 to start a family – we soon welcomed Igor into the world! When returning to work I was delighted to once again come back into the Just Shutters fold. I rejoined the team in late 2013 and became Just Shutters’ Designer.”
Gavin McGuiness - Sales Designer
Gavin McGuiness joined Just Shutters in November 2016 as one of our expert Sales Designers, Gavin took to the job as if it were made for him. Having been in a customer facing role for 14 years with a large audio-visual company, Gavin has always had a passion for people and really enjoys meeting customers and helping find the very best solution for them. Gavin’s other passion in life is music.
Gavin moved to the South Coast when his other half found a job in Poole Hospital, Gavin found us and has not looked back, he says: ‘Working for Just Shutters, I have been helped by some of the best people I have ever worked with, a team of guys that are thoughtful and genuinely care about your day. My previous job in Ireland took me around the country to a lot of companies and I had built a rapport with a lot of customers but never felt as at home as I have here; which has made the move from Ireland to England a lot less daunting and pleasurable.’
Sarah Clifford – Sales Support
Sarah joined Just Shutters in July 2016 after moving from Hertfordshire to Bournemouth. Sarah ran a successful business before her move and was looking for a role that was dynamic and allowed her to put her great people skills to good use. However it was more than just good luck that Sarah came across Just Shutters, she was a customer first!
Sarah says; ‘I wanted Shutters for our new home and found Just Shutters are the best! Daniel was my designer and Marcin and Aggie fitted our Shutters. It is so lovely to now be working alongside them and being part of the great team helping other customers enjoy the fantastic experience I had when dealing with the company.’
Gareth Kent – Sales Support
Happily married with three girls 10, 9 and 3, Gareth was born and bred in Parkstone. He has been a keen sailor from the age of 10, sailing professionally, as well as donating his time to charity helping disabled children to sail. Gareth enjoys yacht racing and takes part in Antiqua week and Cowes week among others. His ambition is to sail a J Class, like the beautiful Valsheda.
With a sales and marketing background of over 23 years, Gareth’s previous roles include sales and marketing of the software that created and tested the Shard, the Olympic Village, The Birds Nest stadium in Beijing to name just a few. More recently he has been selling precious metals to collectors and investors.
Gareth says ‘I am looking forward to the brand new challenge Just Shutters brings, where I can get involved with a small but highly professional team, bringing my sales and marketing experience.’
Marcin Rogaluk – Installations Manager
Marcin (pictured right) says, "I'ver worked for Just Shutters since 2008 and in that time I’ve built up extensive knowledge and experiences of all things related to plantation shutters. After all these years I haven’t lost any passion for my job – if anything it’s continued to increase!
“So whatever your needs may be, from a small bathroom window to the whole conservatory, I will be more than happy to assist you with your enquiry"
Lukasz is a delight to have as part of our hard-working shutter fitting team. Lucasz's work ethic and fantastic attitude have made him a very valuable member of Just Shutters.
The fitting process is very important for a customer, and having staff you trust to make sure a customer’s house is treated like a home and not a building site is a must! All our shutter fitters understand the importance of the details - for example, taking off their shoes when
entering, and never ever forgetting to hoover and tidy at the end of installations.
We like to leave a customer's home more beautiful than when we arrived, so having expert fitters, trained to a high standard, with a drive and attention to detail is of upmost importance.
Lucasz says, "I really enjoy working for such a professional company".
Agnieszka, also known as Aggie, is a great part of our HQ shutter fitting team. We have had fantastic experience working with female shutter fitters, we find customers warm to the female touch! With her hard work and attention to detail, Aggie is a breath of fresh air.
Aggie says 'Just Shutters are a great team, I enjoy working with the people who are passionate about what they do. I love working in people's homes and making them look beautiful. I also enjoy my job as each day is different.'
Natalia is the most recent addition to our fitting team, yet she has proven herself an invaluable asset already.
Natalia says; 'I moved to Bournemouth from Coventry, West Midlands, at the end of Jan this year, and I can honestly say it was the best decision in my life so far! I have met amazing and lovely people in Just Shutters who have given me the opportunity to join the team and make customers happy everyday!
I recently joined Just Shutters family, however I can see my future here. This is a very honest, professional company which I'm proud to work for.'
Just Shutters South West
Andrew Cook – South West MD
Andrew is based in Exeter and started the Just Shutters South West franchise in 2011 covering Devon and Cornwall. Now, after three years of running the business, he has established a fantastic reputation and strong customer base.
Andrew says, "I enjoy running the South West franchise and getting out and about all over Devon and Cornwall and meeting all my customers. I take great satisfaction in the pleasure my customers receive after each installation, which is a result of lots of hard work and attention to detail.
“It’s also great to know that a large part of my work comes from additional orders and customer recommendations to friends and family. It’s really enjoyable running your own business, as well as being part of a larger team in Just Shutters Ltd”.
Just Shutters Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire
Gene Astell – Hertfordshire and Cambridge MD
Gene Astell is our MD for Just Shutters Hertfordshire and Cambridge. Gene says, "I have a background in running a franchise over the last 15 years, and was winner of Regional Chem-Dry franchise of the year 2007. I am very proud to now be part of the Just Shutters family, encompassing its business ethos along with its vision for exemplary customer service and attention to detail.
“These are exciting times with window plantation shutters being the number one choice for window coverings and I am looking forward to the future and growing the business in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas".
Just Shutters Kent
David Stansbury – Kent MD
David Stansbury is our Just Shutters Kent MD. He says, “I love to travel and experience different countries and cultures, probably as a result of my parents: Dad served abroad in the army then the government so we moved around.
“I was seven years old before we settled in Kent. I went to school and college in Tunbridge Wells and have spent the last 30 years in various engineering posts. In 1982, between jobs, I jumped on the Magic Bus at Kings Cross with my soon-to-be wife and travelled to Athens. Our journeys took us around the Greek islands and through many countries in Europe before we settled back in England. We decided that if we could survive three months abroad living in each other's pockets, we may as well get married - so 30 years later here we are! We took up trekking in 2001 and completed treks up Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis before conquering Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu. I love to watch sport, especially football. I follow Chelsea, but Debbie, my wife, follows West Ham – so it can be interesting when these two meet! I have two great daughters who have given us four beautiful grandchildren whom we both spoil. When redundancy reared its head again in 2012, after much soul-searching and lots of research Just Shutters ticked all the boxes, and here I am!”
Just Shutters South Manchester and Cheshire
Richard Hopper – Manchester and Cheshire MD
We are thrilled to offer shutters in Manchester and Cheshire, and Richard Hopper is just as thrilled to take the reins. He says, “I am delighted to be the Just Shutters franchisee for South Manchester and Cheshire. Their ethos and professionalism have impressed me. Previously, my business was delivering medical supplies to patients’ homes where professionalism and building relationships was of utmost importance”.
“My home is in Flixton, Manchester where I live with my wife Marie and our two children. Football has always been my passion. I support Man United and played amateur football for over 20 years. Only now, as I near 50, have I decided that even a kickabout on a Friday night is going to have to stop. So now it’s crown green bowls and darts! I am looking forward to building my Just Shutters business in the South Manchester and Cheshire area and being part of this great team”.
Also pictured: Andrew Hopper and Aiden Featherstone.
Just Shutters Wiltshire Franchise
Mark Williams – Just Shutters Wiltshire MD
Mark is an experienced shutter specialist, growing up, working in, and eventually running a window furnishing company in the Salisbury area for 15 years. When speaking of his passion for shutters Mark says, “I love the result and unique finish that shutters add to an interior”.
Mark decided to become a Just Shutters franchisee because of the whole package: the high quality product, service and support. He says, “I am very excited to be a part of the Just Shutters team as the attention to detail and service provided to customers is second to none”.
Just Shutters Bath Franchise
Rob Cole – Just Shutters Bath MD
Having joined the civil Service in 1987 aged 16 I completed an Engineering Apprenticeship in 1992 before working in North Yorkshire, Dorset and finally Wiltshire in various engineering jobs, I spent the last 8 years in an inspection department ensuring equipment was always in top condition.
Due to impending contractorisation of my civil service post, and wanting to change my lifestyle and improve my Family's future, I purchased the Franchise area covering Bath and the surrounding areas.
I currently work very closely with Mark Williams the Wiltshire Franchise owner who has been in the business for sixteen years, and is passing on his considerable knowledge and putting me through a crash apprenticeship in shutters.
Whilst new to this area of work, my attention to detail and engineering experience is rapidly paying dividends. Myself and Mark Williams will both be working in the Bath and Wiltshire areas. See here for shutters in Bath.
Just Shutters North West Mercia
Sarah Needs - North West Mercia
Born and bred in the area, Sarah lives in Shrewsbury and joins the Just Shutters team with a huge passion for interior design and custom made products. Having studied textile design at Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Sarah graduated with her degree, after which she worked in the textile industry, designing bespoke carpet patterns mainly for commercial spaces, including airports, yachts and cruise ships.
Sarah’s experience with custom made products, her creativity and passion for interior design makes her the perfect person to bring the Just Shutters brand to life in the North East Shropshire, North West Mercia and Cheshire areas.
Sarah says; ‘I think shutters are a really exciting product and I have watched their popularity grow in the South and believe there is a great deal of scope to grow the market in Shropshire and Cheshire, we are waving the flag for the Midlands if you like, as we are at the forefront of the trend.’
Sarah believes she is the perfect shutter advocate, stating ‘I can really visualise how they are going to look in a persons home and enjoy communicating my vision to the customer.’
Just Shutters Buckinghamshire Franchise
William Montesdeoca – Just Shutters Buckinghamshire MD
Years ago when I was working in Kensington and Chelsea as a plumber, I remember walking into an old Victorian house and seeing plantation shutters for the first time. I was taken by their beauty and elegance, the way they were fitted and how they operated. I had never seen anything like it: the character they gave to the house and the windows.
When I came across the Just Shutters franchise, I knew straightaway that I wanted the opportunity to work for this professional family-run organisation installing such a beautiful product.
Living on the borders of London and Buckinghamshire in a small village called Harefield, taking on the Buckinghamshire territory was ideal for me. I am also very excited at the prospect of involving my son and partner in the business and working with the great team at Just Shutters.
Just Shutters Birmingham Franchise
Andy Cox-Peel - Just Shutters Birmingham MD
I love my family and spending time with them as a husband and father. I value community and am active in my local area due to my faith. I love working with wood and natural materials, crafting various things from spoons to baskets to tables. I enjoy the outdoors, camping and playing as much sport as possible!
Throughout my life I’ve worked with a variety of people from all walks of life and really enjoy people and their stories. Whilst I enjoy being part of a team, I am also able to work alone and have the motivation to do so.
I like to initiate and spark ideas, get hands-on and look for creative ways to make things happen. I’m optimistic and have an adventurous streak in life that helps to characterise how I operate. I really enjoy how shutters transform a space and enjoy the customer’s delight in the finished installation. Call Andy for the best shutters in the West Midlands.
Just Shutters Nottinghamshire Franchise
Jill Spivey and Joe Musgrove - Just Shutters Nottinghamshire
Mother and son, Jill and Joe decided to join forces this year and become proud owners of Just Shutters Nottinghamshire as they were both very keen to work for themselves and combine their skills. Joe is a fully qualified joiner and Jill has 16 years business experience working for the NHS in Nottinghamshire. They strongly believe their previous experience will give them the expertise to run a successful Just Shutters franchise business in Nottinghamshire.
Jill says: 'We were looking for an opportunity to use both our skills and we understood shutters were very popular in the south of the country and believed there was a gap in the market in Nottinghamshire.'
'Joe recently came back home to live with us and as a qualified joiner it tied in with our idea of a shutter franchise. This gave him and us an opportunity to start a family business selling/fitting shutters.'
Just Shutters Essex Franchise
Hayley and Terry Lancaster - Just Shutters Essex
Hayley and Terry Lancaster are a husband and wife team who have taken over the franchise in Essex.
Terry has been working as an electrician for 9 years and has previous history in sales roles.
Hayley works in Canary Wharf in the financial industry boasting strong administrative and organisational skills. Together as a team they bring the complete package.
Hayley and Terry are extremely enthusiastic and excited to take on the franchise for Just Shutters.
Hayley says: "Our friends had shutters fitted and we loved them so much we had them fitted to our house. They finish the look of a room, they're classy and timeless."
Shortly after falling in love with shutters themselves, Hayley and Terry saw the franchise opportunity and decided to grab it with both hands.
The design and installation skills that Terry poses from his current role and his enthusiasm for engaging with people will be key to ensuring the Just Shutters ethos will be continued. Hayley will provide the administrative support along with the Just Shutters showroom team.
"We are both extremely excited to start a new venture together, we can't wait to get stuck in."
Just Shutters Sussex Franchise
Heath Fraser - Just Shutters Sussex
My name is Heath Fraser and for the last 25 years I have been a very successful Manager for the pub/restaurant trade all over the UK.
I have recently been thinking about my future and realise that there is more to life than 100 hour weeks. I would love to spend a bit more time at home with my wife and 18 year old son and 15 year old daughter, watching him at rugby and her at ballet.
I live in the lovely village of Angmering and enjoy walks in the South Downs as well as along the surrounding beaches especially with our labradoodle family dog called Florence.
I am extremely excited about starting on my new adventure with Just Shutters, meeting new people and making new friends.
Just Shutters Surrey Franchise
Simon Broadhurst - Just Shutters Surrey
Simon Broadhurst spent the last 20 years working in media advertising sales in central London for companies such as ITV and Channel 4 but since starting a family just a few years ago, he has been looking for a change of career that would allow him more flexibility and one which would also satisfy his love for design and home improvement.
Simon says: I knew I wanted to start my own business so I looked into franchising as it provides a certain level of security.
My wife Georgina discovered Just Shutters and straight away I had a good feeling about the business which was backed up as soon as I met the highly professional and passionate team.
I know I will get an enormous sense of satisfaction from making the homes of Surrey look even more beautiful with the addition of quality shutters and I'm very excited to be part of the Just Shutters team.
If you are interested in becoming a Just Shutters franchisee, please see our dedicated franchise opportunity website.