Furniture manufacturer appoints new CEO and other strategic roles

Furniture manufacturer Shackletons Ltd has appointed Donna Bellingham as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Donna joins the business from her role as CEO of upholstery brands Parker Knoll, Collins & Hayes and Duresta, all part of the Sofa Brands International group.

She held this role for over six years, while prior to this, Donna was Commercial Director at Sofa Brands International, a position she was in for over 11 years.

During her time with the group, Donna was responsible for the successful launch and business development of the Parker Knoll brand and following acquisition of Parker Knoll’s IP by Sofa Brands International in 2005.

Her career in the furniture industry uniquely positions her for this new challenge. As CEO, Donna will report directly to Sir Anthony Ullmann, who acquired Shackletons in 2018. He will continue to serve as Executive Chairman, providing continuity, valuable oversight and guidance.

Donna stated: “I am delighted to be joining Shackletons and having the opportunity to work alongside talented people in all areas of the Group. The leadership team has already achieved remarkable success in revitalising the business since its acquisition five years ago, re-establishing this premium brand as a key player in the contract furniture for senior living sector.”

Sir Anthony Ullmann commented: “Donna’s arrival comes at an important stage in Shackletons growth. She brings with her a wealth of commercial insight which will be beneficial as she takes the leadership team forward.”  

In conjunction with Donna Bellingham’s appointment, other strategic roles have been announced. Joseph Ullmann has been appointed as Commercial Director as he continues to lead the sales and marketing departments. Finance Director, Mark Harrison will take on the additional role of Operations Director. 

Shackletons continue to demonstrate commitment to UK manufacturing by appointing Chris Woods as Head of Manufacturing. Chris, previously the manufacturing manager with NaughtOne, joined Shackletons in June and has already significantly impacted the company’s strategy to invest in local manufacturing.

With these strategic appointments, Shackletons is poised to build upon its legacy of exceptional craftsmanship and unwavering commitment to its customers. The company looks forward to continued growth under Donna Bellingham’s leadership and the expertise of its executive team. Donna will also focus on mentoring the next generation of leadership at Shackletons. 

Donna added: “As we move forward, my focus will be on leveraging our strengths, nurturing a culture of excellence, and exploring new avenues of expansion to further strengthen and grow the brand’s position in the market.”

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