Our Team

Eric Williamson

Eric Williamson has been the main design force behind Timberkits over the years. His combination of engineering skills and extremely fine craftsmanship is quite unique. He has constantly delighted his audience with a never ending fund of ideas and ingenuity.

His fascination has always been with the challenge of giving mechanical models natural movement and life. It is particularly entertaining watching him in the workshop performing the actions and finding their mechanical equivalent in a happy little mad world of his own. The design process is truly a back of an envelope journey littered with mugs of tea, sawdust, muttering and the odd euphoric shout of victory.

A full account of Eric and his work can be found in Our Story.

Ideas for models come from all sorts of random sources and go through many different experimenting, prototyping and refining stages before being prepared for production.

Co-Director and Designer

Sarah Reast Co-Director and Designer

Sarah Reast is the Director of Timberkits following the retirement of
the founders, Eric and Alison Williamson in 2012. Sarah’s background is in design and she brings a fresh eye and a playful creativity to the company. She manages the team and the development of projects, bringing together practical specialists and skills for each new challenge. She also unloads lorries and makes tea.

Luise Willis

Luise Willis has been with the company since 2000 and knows the models and production processes inside out. She has developed a fantastic working relationship with our manufacturers in China over the years and has a longstanding knowledge of all our customers. Luise is chief model builder, and helps customers with their technical enquiries. She is also the office manager and what she doesn’t do would make a shorter list.

Our Very Own Dragon!

Touker Suleyman Our Very Own Dragon!

After Timberkits appearance on the popular TV programme, Dragons Den, we are really happy to welcome Touker Suleyman to the team as an investor and mentor. Our very own Dragon!

Source Design

Source are the digital design team that look after the website and packaging design. They offer a wealth of experience and technical expertise and have become invaluable associates to the business.


Rogues Gallery


Joe Purches

When he is not flinging himself at rocks or large bodies of choppy water, Joe does our photography, instruction booklets and brochures. He also gets roped into trade fairs, display installations and any other job where we can apply his multiple talents.

Josh Reast

Meet the new muscle man in the warehouse, Josh is a mean, keen box stacking machine....but only when you feed him lots of tea and biscuits. He does a myriad of other jobs too including winding up his Grandad (Eric).

Mark Armstrong

Mark comes from a background of carpentry, building and mechanical engineering. He is an all round useful multi-talented chap. Mark has contributed to product development and his workshop banter fits in perfectly with the rest of the ambient nonsense. He can do a mean technical drawing and has helped facilitate Timberkits’ introduction to twenty first century technology.

Theo Hart

Theo Hart looked after Timberkits’ social media until November 2020, he discovered that our audience are not conventional and do not follow predictable lines but he became a dab hand at finding good stories to share.  It was a great pleasure to work with him.

Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson was an investor and a shareholder until December 2019 and had been key to the development of the business since 2012. Amongst other things he revolutionised the accounts system and taught us how to file things properly! Born and bred in Wales he brought another element to our Welsh dragon theme.

Nicky Arscott

Nicky Arscott was in charge of packing, dispatch and educational workshops. She also did some of the model making. She left Timberkits early 2019 to pursue her painting and teaching but occassionally gets hauled back to help. She has been working on developing the Timbertech workshops and finding different directions to take them in.

Milly Cain

Milly Cain retired at the end of March 2016 after years of dedicated service keeping our office tidy and running smoothly. Her telephone manner was second to none and her patience with recalcitrant technology was truly remarkable. She is now often found seen hot-tubbing in Iceland under the Northern Lights.

We love wood in all its forms, the smell of the sawdust, its
warmth and colour and the variety in its character.