Meet the Team

Simon Mussell, Managing Director

Simon has worked within the commercial property industry since graduating from The Solent University in 2001 with an Honours degree in Real Estate Management and Construction. Simon has a wide breadth of experience having worked for one of the UK’s largest chartered surveying businesses before becoming self-employed in 2009.

For many years, Simon directed his efforts at acquiring and managing a portfolio of office investments. It was during this time that he experienced first-hand the challenges and high costs involved when refurbishing office space.

Together with co-founder Chris Mitchell they decided that there was a place in the market for a new brand of office refurbishment and fitting out – a company that delivered a fully managed service including design and space planning whilst still offering value. As such, Bluewood was born and today is Simon’s primary focus.

In his spare time, Simon loves to race his sailboat which he has been doing competitively since a young age. He also likes to hang out with his family and small dog Audrey……. And go to the pub!

Chris Mitchell, Finance Director

Chris has spent his entire career in the commercial property sector and over the years has developed several successful companies including a surveying practice, property investment company and interior fit-out business.

Qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1989 he originally worked in London before starting his own practice in Southampton where he has remained ever since. Chris has a wealth of property industry experience with a spell in office agency and is particularly knowledgeable in the area of landlord and tenant law and property asset management. This background lends itself well to the procurement of refurbishment works as well as understanding the needs of modern office occupiers. It also gives Bluewood the added dimension of understanding commercial lease implications for both landlords and tenants including dilapidation issues that can arise.

In his spare time, Chris is a keen tennis player and a long-suffering supporter of Southampton Football Club.

Nicola Newland, Marketing & Operations Director

With a BSc Honours degree in Psychology & Literature, aside from Teaching, Nicola’s aspirations were for a career primarily focused on people and engagement. Beginning her career as a Personal Assistant gave Nicola the opportunity to build the foundations for a blended skill set transferable across multiple industries. Working for a large finance corporate, local government authorities, small and large agencies, leading global technology brands and retail partners has allowed Nicola to continue to develop and adapt those skills.

With key strengths in people management, client engagement, marketing strategy design and execution, analytics and communication, Nicola has delivered market leading and award-winning results.

As Bluewood Office Interiors continues to grow and evolve, Nicola’s most recent experience as Account Director in the Field Marketing industry is a natural partnership and key to continually driving the Bluewood Brand, building a robust infrastructure critical to ensuring we deliver for existing and prospective clients.

In her spare time, Nicola is a very keen yogi, and the ‘zen’ of regular yoga practice and mediation is her saving grace when keeping a chaotic family afloat!

Rob Mitchell, Sales & Marketing Consultant

Rob graduated with a degree in Financial Management & Accounting on a tennis scholarship in the US. With the opportunity to follow a corporate career or one based in the sporting industry, Rob has worked in both fields to help shape his career path. Rob’s first role after graduating was as an Analyst for a Fortune 500 company in Nashville before relocating back to the UK where he became a Software Consultant for a London based Fintech organisation. Following a return to the States, Rob took the role of assistant tennis coach for the George Washington DC University Team. Rob’s experience is broad, global and at the heart of each role, amongst other skills, is people engagement and communication which makes Rob perfectly placed now in his role of Sales & Marketing Consultant.

With a desire for further education, Rob intends to study at the University of Reading to earn and MSC in Real Estate Finance and progress his career further within the property industry. So for now, Bluewood is making the most of having Rob and his expertise on board!

In his spare time, other than being an avid tennis player and coach, Rob likes a game or two of golf and can often be found on the course of an evening – come rain or shine … with a club and a pint!

Alannah Laud, Designer

With a BA Honours Fine Art Degree in Sculpture and Higher Diplomas in Art Education and Interior Design, Alannah’s career began in Teaching where she spent 4 years teaching Art & Photography to secondary school students before changing her career path in 2016 and moving to Interior Design.

Alannah’s experience is broad and her expertise across design span multiple areas including space planning, 3D visualisation, Client pitch creation, Working drawings and site surveying. With a hands-on approach to working on site alongside contractors and suppliers, Alannah has the skill set to perfectly match the demands of a busy commercial fit-out business such as Bluewood. Alannah’s creativity and ability to understand what each client is aiming to achieve within their own individual space makes her a real asset to our Team. Enjoyment in seeing her creations come to life from page to reality as well as delivering a project that puts a smile on a client’s face is the Bluewood ethos and Alannah’s previous experience and affiliation with our Design Partner Ribbon Projects brings a natural fit.

In her spare time, Alannah is a serious book-worm and biscuit-holic and can often be found curled up on the couch with a cuppa and a box of the supermarket’s finest, that’s if she isn’t up-cycling furniture or enjoying a bottom-less brunch with friends!

Alison Hutt, Head of Accounts

With a passion for numbers, Alison studied Accountancy, Business & IT at A Level with a view to a career in Accountancy. Upon leaving College Alison secured a job through work experience as a Trainee in Practice where she spent 12 happy years, qualifying first as AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and then as an ACCA Chartered Accountant, (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Working in Practice gave Alison the opportunity to expand her skills across a blend of different disciplines within Accountancy developing varied expertise and a broader knowledge of the many aspects involved in Accountancy. In addition to her qualifications and experience, the ability to communicate well with all people at all levels is a skill which Alison brings with her to Bluewood and is a great fit when liaising with Clients, Contractors and Suppliers alike.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys spending time with her young family and is a self-confessed shopaholic!

Patrick, Health & Safety Consultant

Patrick is the dedicated Health & Safety Consultant for us here at Bluewood. Although Patrick has an extensive expertise in this sector, he hasn’t always been a Health & Safety guru. Having left school at 16 he joined the army and served 23 years conducting many operational tours whilst gaining a wealth of life skills during his time serving Queen and country.

Upon leaving the military he moved into the world of Health & Safety working in a laboratory whilst learning to adjust to civilian life. Patrick completed his diploma to become a registered consultant and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) as well as an advanced Fire Risk Assessor for the FPA. Patrick and his Team at Summit Safety Solutions provide us with the crucial guidance and support to ensure Bluewood policies, risk assessments and H&S obligations are legal and compliant and that every single one of our sites and projects is run with Health & Safety as paramount.

Patrick considers himself an ex adrenalin junkie having completed many free-fall skydives, and riding motocross for a number of years but now tries to reduce risk and enjoys a quiet day’s fishing !

Will Shaw, Design Partner

Founder of Ribbon Projects, Will has been working in Partnership with Simon and Chris for many years and with experience in the design industry spanning 2 decades, is a trusted Partner for Bluewood. Will’s background in architecture and product design has proved a steady foundation to adapting design and style to suit the space giving the ability to successfully marry creativity with technical understanding.

With a real passion for creating a stylish yet functional workspace, Will can often be found on site getting his hands dirty to enable him to understand just how design and space mesh as they come to life from drawing to reality. Add to this an understanding of commercial reality, Ribbon Projects perfectly compliment Bluewood Interiors to present the ideal solution for space planning and interior commercial design.

In his spare time, Will loves to escape the city life and get back to nature with his wife. Whether camping by the coast, heading out on the bikes or ticking off some local pubs, you can be sure the rucksack is always packed for the next adventure.