About Us

Established in 1980, Countryside Kitchens & Interiors is the brainchild of Shona and Jerry Ponder, the husband-and-wife team who have spent the last 40 years honing their skill for turning houses into homes. In 2016 they welcomed their son Elliot to the business and in 2020 their daughter Susie, passing their expertise on to the next generation. Supported by a dedicated team of master craftsmen who are equally passionate, Countryside Kitchens design, manufacture and install dream interiors of unparalleled quality.

Shona Ponder

Shona Ponder

Design Director

Shona qualified in Interior Design and has been designing kitchens and interiors for over 40 years. She has a unique gift for translating each client’s vision and personality into the perfect kitchen for their lifestyle.

Elliot Ponder

Elliot Ponder

Production Director

With an eye for design and technical detail, Elliot manages the production side of the business from our facility in Kelso. When he gets any spare time, Elliot, loves the rural lifestyle and sport.

Jerry Ponder

Jerry Ponder

Financial Director

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Jerry is accredited by both Cardiff University Law School as an expert witness and also Aberdeen University School of Law Jerrry has also appeared as an industry expert on TV programmes including BBC Watchdog and Rogue Traders.

Susie Ponder

Susie Ponder

Design Technician

Susie graduated with a degree in fashion technology and brings her 3D design skills to the business. Susie transforms the ideas, sketches and plans via CAD into working drawings and visuals, bringing your ideas to life. When she is not in the office Susie loves to travel, up into the Scottish Highlands or when possible somewhere warmer.

Janet Fraser

Janet Fraser

Showroom Manager - Edinburgh

Janet has a passion for good design and skilful colour combinations. Her in-depth product knowledge enables her to demonstrate all the fantastic features and benefits of our handmade kitchens.  In her spare time, Janet enjoys Pilates and working out with Joe Wicks, both of which offsets her love of good food and cooking.

Aileen Martin

Aileen Martin

Showroom Manager - Edinburgh

 

 

 

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Nichola Hodgson

Nichola Hodgson

Project Manager

Nichola is the first point of contact at Countryside Kitchens. She graduated in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Nichola has had a wealth of project management experience. Being married with two kids she is also brilliant at making sandwiches and juggling priorities!

Jodie Martin

Jodie Martin

Accounts Administrator

John Bruce

John Bruce

On Site Project Manager

John is the founder and Managing Director of Newcraft. As our main onsite contractor, John and the team at Newcraft manage all the trades required to install your bespoke kitchen. John doesn’t have much spare time, but his two boys keep him very busy when he’s not busy on site.

Gavin McQueen

Gavin McQueen

Joiner & Kitchen Fitter

Gavin is our lead kitchen fitter and especially enjoys working with bespoke kitchens and quality craftsmanship. When not working, Gavin loves spending time with his family and participates in charity events such as Tough Mudder raising funds and awareness for different causes.

Paul

Paul

Workshop Manager - Kelso

Paul is a master craftsman with more than 30 years cabinet making experience. When he’s not creating handmade kitchens you can find him bagging munros or in his own workshop.

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Bench Joiner - Kelso

Patrick enjoys nothing more than being in the workshop – hence why he gets all the complicated bits! When not in the workshop he enjoys wood turning in his garage. Now that’s commitment!

 Jose Hoyos

Jose Hoyos

Logistics

 

 

Les

Les

Spray Painter - Kelso

Les has his own spray shop & can often be found at car shows at weekends showing off his monster mini!

Stuart Minto

Stuart Minto

Bench Joiner - Kelso

Stuart is a Bench Joiner at the Workshop. He’s a cars & bikes man.

Simon Clew

Simon Clew

Digital Marketing

When not behind a computer looking after websites and media, Simon is either in the kitchen baking yet more sourdough bread, on his bike or hiking in the hills.