Meet the Ponders, a true family business
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, passing their expertise on to the next generation. They are supported by a dedicated team of master craftsmen who are equally passionate about creating dream interiors of unparalleled quality.
Shona Ponder – Design Director
Shona studied Interior Design at Napier in Edinburgh and is the creative brains behind Countryside Kitchens & Interiors.
She has been designing kitchens and interiors for over 30 years, and has a unique gift for ‘seeing’ the finished kitchen even when it’s just a building site, She has a gift for translating each client’s vision and personality into the perfect kitchen for their lifestyle.
With six children of her own, Shona is passionate about family kitchens as the hub and heart of the home. She loves entertaining on a large scale and firmly believes that, since family life revolves around the kitchen, it should be both beautiful and practical.
Jerry Ponder – Financial Director
Jerry is a civil engineer and the Financial Director of Countryside Kitchens & Interiors.
He is an experienced project manager and an exceptionally safe pair of hands. With 34 years in the industry, he has been accredited by Cardiff University Law School as an expert witness and has appeared as an industry expert on TV programmes including BBC Watchdog and Rogue Traders.
In his spare time Jerry is involved in amateur dramatics, with favourite roles including Captain Mainwaring and the Major in Fawlty Towers. He insists this isn’t typecasting!
Elliot Ponder – Project Manager/Design
Elliot graduated from Berwickshire High School and pursued agricultural study before joining the family business in 2016. He encompasses both facets of his parents talents with an eye for design and technical talent. He creates photographic quality CAD images of your kitchen to give you a 3D virtual tour of how it will look.
He liaises with our master craftsmen as well as being a key contact for our clients. His highlight since joining was being shortlisted in the My Country Business category of the Country Homes & Interiors Awards in 2017.
When he’s not in the office he enjoys making the most of a rural lifestyle and playing sport.
Gemma - Office Administrator
Gemma joined Countryside Kitchens in 2016 after travelling for over a year. She has worked in hospitality, retail, banking, travel and tourism as well as kitchen design, just to name a few! What these all have in common is a focus on outstanding customer service which is what Gemma is passionate about.
She is responsible for all administration duties as well as assisting our project manager to ensure your installation runs smoothly. She is your first point of contact and keeps you up to date every step of the way.
Gemma is an adrenaline junkie and loves sky diving, bungy jumping and white water rafting. She loves to travel and has lots of countries left to tick off her list.
Glen - Expert Joiner & Project Liaison
Glen is an expert joiner who fits our kitchens with exceptional precision. His attention to detail means that you will not only realise your kitchen dreams, but you will have the highest and best quality finish available.
When he’s not creating the perfect dovetail he loves mountain biking, going to the gym and making even more furniture, he really can’t be stopped!
If you’re feeling inspired to start talking about how we can help, why not drop us a message? We book individual consultations so you can take your time to discuss everything from colour palettes, to worktops, to paint finishes.