Meet the Team
Conker was founded as a reliable, creative and sustainable construction company, relishing design-led projects and exciting challenges.
Will Hughes, Founding Director
Will spent much of his early childhood surrounded by builders while his parents painstakingly renovated an old stables. This early fasciation led him to pursue a career of domestic renovations and carpentry, beginning while in his teens.
In 2018, Will graduated from the University of West England with a degree in Building Surveying. Since then, he has also worked with numerous contractors, where he helped deliver a range of residential projects, from managing prestigious high-end residences to undertaking bespoke carpentry jobs himself.
In 2019, after buying a 1930s home in desperate need of a revamp, Will set to work on his first whole house renovation project. It was during this period where challenges were faced, and overcome, that Will began to hone his adoration for building beautiful spaces. When experiencing first hand, the joy that the transformation brought to him, Will realised he wanted to pursue this as a career, where his work could positively impact those around him.
After becoming a CIOB Chartered Builder, Will founded Conker in 2021, with the aim of creating a business that would use his experience and passion for design to create beautiful spaces and products.
Since then, Conker has grown as a company, with a specialisation in sustainable Bristol garden room construction projects, set to Passivhaus standards. The design of these garden offices takes inspiration from Will's adoration of the outdoors, using locally sourced timber cladding that promotes the beauty of the natural world.
Working now with his girlfriend and business partner, Lauren, they are set to continue designing beautiful, customer-focused spaces
Lauren Slater, Creative Director
Growing up in a family where her parents committed their careers to renovating properties, Lauren has always been surrounded by interiors and renovation work, with her real interest in interiors accumulating during her study of Textiles throughout her secondary school years, where she began designing and creating her own work.
After completing a degree in History of Art in 2017, Laure went on to graduate from Leeds University with a Master's in Curating, a year later. Since then, she has worked at a number of art galleries, curating and delivering exhibitions and providing a consultancy service for art investment.
Upon moving to Bristol and being surrounded by Will's carpentry work, Lauren was reminded of her formative years with her parents projects. Last year, Lauren left the art galleries to study for a diploma in Interior Design, whilst becoming a member of the team at Conker.
Since completing the design course, Lauren has become a full-time team member, founding Conker's design side, Studio Conker. Studio Conker focuses predominantly on the creative outlets of the business, namely the Interior Design.
Lauren's keen eye-for-detail and ability to curate spaces with a focus on aesthetics, has led her to becoming an instrumental part of the business, as her and Will work together to continue providing beautiful, quality spaces for their clients.