Introducing Julie Willoughby.


By Designs

It seemed fitting to start our staff profile write ups with our Finance Manager Julie Willoughby. Julie is one of our longest serving employees and what better day to launch this feature than on International Women's day.

Julie’s career started with Designs back in 2001, initially as a freelance book-keeper working just 4 hours a week. This was previously undertaken by Rob, but as the company grew Rob needed an extra pair of hands to help him with the finance administration.

Book-keeping was a new career opportunity for Julie, who had previously worked as a receptionist and office administrator prior to dedicating her time to her children and becoming a full time mum. It was whilst Julie was on maternity leave an opportunity literally dropped through her letterbox. A leaflet advertising a book-keeping course caught Julie’s eye and the fact that she could become her own boss.

Julie completed the course whilst juggling looking after a newborn child and taking care of her two older children. It provided her with the opportunity to start to earn a bit of extra income working from home.

The role with Designs developed over time and turned full-time in 2006. Julie became a key member of Rob’s management team, heading up the finance department and managing the administration team that helps with the day to day running of the business.

Putting Julie on the spot we asked her who has been her biggest influence. “Mum” was the answer, someone she can always rely on and provides help and encouragement in everything she does.

Away from work, Julie likes nothing more than to meet up with friends and family...hopefully it won’t be too long until we can all do this again!

The funniest thing that has happened to Julie whilst working at Designs, is the Secret Santa present that she received from Oliver Hookem. We can’t share this online...but hopefully you can see it one day if you pop into our offices!

Julie is a key influence in the team, who always brings a happy and positive approach. She has played an integral part in the growth of the business and I am personally very proud to have her alongside us on the Designs journey

Rob Daysley Managing Director