Meet our team

Philip Taylor

Senior Director

 

There is much about me in the various other pages of the website, so here I am going to tell you why I do the job the way I do and what drives me to do my best for all my customers.

 

When I was eleven years old, I was given the chance to learn a skill that would lead to a lifetime of making shoes.  I nearly lost that chance early on but some good people stood by me and helped me develope into the person I am today.  I am happy to put my trust in the team below, and I look forward to seeing them all develop their skills over the coming years.

 

It's really important to give people a chance, maybe even two or three, and I hope that my team will remember that as they progress through their careers, hopefully making shoes for our company for years to come

Stephanie Sweetmore

Shoremaker and Director

Steph joined us in October 2016 after gaining a masters degree in shoe design, bespoke shoemaking and gait analysis.  Her energy and enthusiasm has helped her become an important member of the workshop, and her knowledge of modern 3D imaging technology has helped us to develop new ways of measuring feet and making lasts and casts.

 

Charlotte Duff

Shoemaker and Director

Charlotte joined our team in September 2017, joining Steph as a product of De Montfort University's footwear manufacture course.  She has an eye for quality and design and 'good hands', a phrase we use for a great knack for getting things right first go, a real skill in such a short time.   Charlotte's apprenticeship is funded by the London Pattenmakers Guild who support our industry in a number of ways, Charlotte has already started to repay their faith in her.

Sarah Walker

Shoemaker and Director

 

Sarah joined the company as a trainee shoemaker in September 2015, She was awarded a degree from Leicester University in 1995 in Footwear Design and Technology, going on to set up and manage famous brand footwear accounts overseas. In 2005 she changed career and took over the day to day running of her family pub in the Peak District.

, before retiring in 2019

Sarah hes helped transform the design and construction of our footwear in a very short time and she is fully committed to improving the lives of our customers and helping them to be more mobile and proud of the shoes. 

Charlotte Farrell

Director

Charlotte joined the company in 2014 after working for ten years as a solicitor, prior to that she had been a nurse for twenty years.

In just a short time, Charlotte brought much needed organisation to the company and hers is often the first voice clients will hear when they telephone for appointments and fittings. She has also taken on many of the tasks required to prepare shoes for manufacture and ensure that they leave the workshop ready for clients to wear.

Emma Milne

Trainee Shoemaker

Emma joined us in October 2017, completing what we believe a team that will develop and ensure that our customers to continue to get the shoes and service they need in years to come.   Emma comes to us with a wide range of skills and It is clear that Emma has an aptitude for making shoes, we are all enjoying having her around the workshop.

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THE CORDWAINER

Bespoke and Orthopaedic Shoemaker

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Unit 8 Brough Business Centre

Bradwell

Debyshire

S33 9HG

Tel:  01433 621623

Email:  info@thecordwainer.co.uk

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