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Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Get to know the team here at kawstore® who are always on hand to offer advice, assistance and high standards of customer service.

Richard Westlake: Managing Director


Richard has been the mainstay of the business for over 20 years, growing it from solely an ironmongery wholesalers into what we are today. Now semi-retired, Richard’s main focus is development of the company’s website and ecommerce, as well as keeping a close eye on the rest of the staff, our competitors and suppliers!

Outside of work Richard enjoys his model railway and days out with the family.

Brew- black tea or coffee, no sugar

Favourite film- American Graffiti



Lesley Westlake: Director


Lesley is also semi-retired now, but still takes a keen interest in the business she has worked so hard on building. Les will assist Sarah on the admin side, and is always on hand for advice and opinion.

Les plans to enjoy her retirement by having lots of holidays, days out with her family and gardening.

Brew – black tea or coffee, no sugar

Favourite film- Moana



Ben Westlake Dip.GAI: Branch Manager


Ben is back! After nearly 2 years working for a tool wholesaler, Ben has returned to oversee the day to day running of the branch. Ben is fully qualified to carry out ironmongery take offs and specifications, having received the Bronze award Diploma from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers in 2016. If he doesn’t know the answer, he will know where to find it!

Out of work Ben is on the golf course as much as possible, or spending time with his family

Brew- white tea, no sugar

Favourite film- Good Morning Vietnam



Sarah Westlake BA (hons): Marketing Manager


Sarah joined the family business in 2019 to help Les in the office, and to push the business into the 21st century world of social media and ecommerce. Sarah’s friendly telephone manner means she is a hit with our customers, and nothing is too much trouble. Sarah can often be found in the kitchen making the team hot drinks or lunch!

Out of work Sarah enjoys socializing with friends and family

Brew – white tea or coffee, no sugar

Favourite film- Finding Nemo



Lorraine Walker- Sales and logistics


Lorraine joined Kawstore in 2017 and does all the picking and packing for our web orders and deliveries. Lorraine keeps the rest of the team organized and also maintains the shop displays.

Out of work Lorraine likes chilling out with her cats and has a keen interest in motorsport

Brew – Coffee, white, no sugar

Favourite film- The Fast and The Furious



John Morris – Sales and Good in


John joined us in 2018 and works tirelessly to make sure supplier deliveries are booked in and booked out ensuring our customers get notified as quick as possible. John has worked in builder’s merchants for a long time, so there isn’t much he doesn’t know.

Out of work John loves attending live music gigs

Brew – tea, white, no sugar

Favourite film- Convoy



Ben Sharp – Sales counter


Ben is our classic version of a cheeky chappy on the trade counter, expect product knowledge and banter when you visit us. Ben is on his second stint at Kawstore, rejoining in 2020 (he loves it so much he couldn’t stay away!).

Out of work Ben can often be found watching live football, particularly his beloved Liverpool

Brew – tea, white, 2 sugars

Favourite film- Blazing Saddles



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