Nate joined us for a year in industry in June 2015 as part of his 4 year degree course studying Product Design Technology at UWE (University of the West of England). He graduated with a first class degree in the summer of 2017 and within a few days had joined Touch Design Group as a full time member of the Technical Design Team. Just two years on and he has been appointed our new Technical Design Manager.
When asked about what he enjoys at Touch Design Group and what he is looking forward to in his new role:
“Touch Design Group provides all of its employees with state of the art facilities and equipment allowing us all to elevate our work to the highest standard. I enjoy working collaboratively with the workshop teams throughout projects, creating a thriving and ever progressing work environment.
I am looking forward to progressing the Technical Design department’s use of CAD packages, such as Solidworks. Combined with more face to face training and hopefully some lunch and learn sessions, this will not only raise Technical Design’s output, but further assist our highly skilled craftsmen in the workshop team in producing beautiful furniture, kitchens and architectural joinery”.
Nate has always had an interest in design and in his first year of studying product design kept his options open, however in his second and third year he focused much more on furniture design. This was partly influenced by his year in industry at Touch Design Group, having worked alongside Rob Potten (Operations Manager) and Sam Pechtel-Slatcher (Production Manager), who both worked closely with Nate to develop his skills.
Touch Design Group have several fitness enthusiasts and Nate is one of them. He is a keen footballer and golfer, recently completed the Three Peaks challenge for charity (which in turn has given him a taste for hiking) and also runs.
Oh by the way, we are not sure if the team knew about Nate’s lunchtime learning sessions… but they do now!