Llama Group is Growing: New Team and Manchester Design Studio

Led by our founders, Andy and Janey Butler, the Llama Group is home to a large family of RIBA Architects, Designers, Consultants, Engineers, RICS Surveyors, Project Managers and Construction Professionals, all employed and working hand-in-hand to deliver ground breaking projects in the easiest and most enjoyable way for our clients all over the world.

To meet the needs of our rapidly growing business, Llama Group are excited to announce plans to open a new studio situated in the heart of Manchester within the Spinningfields district.

Spinningfields is the leading regional business quarter in the UK and a thriving destination for leisure. The area is also a central hub for art and culture; home to The John Rylands Library, People’s History Museum and Manchester’s Opera House. This architecturally rich quarter of Manchester has an abundance of trendy cocktail bars, lavish fine dining destinations and luxury fashion stores, and is one of Europe’s most successful regeneration projects.

We recognised the bustling district would be the perfect spot for our new studio, and the new space will be a stylish workspace and inspiring showroom for our clients to visit and to showcase Llama Group's award-winning architecture, construction and interior design. The brand new offices in Hardman Square will be an extension of the Llama Group headquarters and luxury showrooms situated at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.

The launch of our city-based studio presented an exciting opportunity to expand our team at Llama Group. So over the last few months we have been busy holding interviews to find talented professionals to join the wealth of experience at Llama Group. Meet our new team members:

Lucy Owen: RIBA Chartered Architect

Lucy joins the Llama Group as a RIBA Chartered Architect after acquiring experience at a micro practice and the completion of her Part III studies. She’s worked on small scale residential and educational projects and has a love for the integration of technology and rural architecture.

Out of the office, Lucy is a keen mountaineer and enjoys exploring the quarries of Lancashire or the fells of the Lake District.

Charlotte Pennell: RIBA Project Architect

Charlotte is a RIBA chartered architect at Llama Group. She worked in Edinburgh and Newcastle previous to her recent relocation to Cheshire. Charlotte has worked on a range of projects at various scales from urban design schemes in Inverness to bespoke residential homes in Northumberland. She has a keen interest in landscape design and enjoys working on the integration of architecture into its setting.

Outside of Llama Group, Charlotte's love for gardening has led to creating beautiful bridal bouquets.

Grace Corris: Architectural Assistant

Grace is a part 1 Architectural Assistant, having recently graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree in Architecture. She is hoping to further her studies and complete her masters to become an Architect.

Grace has a passion for residential architecture and her industry experience has included working for an interior design firm as well as a large company designing student accommodation for universities.

When she isn't working, Grace enjoys travelling, drawing, painting and long dog walks in the countryside with her Cairn terrier, Alfie.

Vaishaagan Gajendran: Architectural Technician

Vaishaagan is an Architectural Technician here at Llama Group. He has gained 2 years’ experience and a degree from the University of West of England in Architectural Technology and Design. Prior to the Llama Group, he worked in Bristol designing small dwellings, student accommodation and extensions.

You're likely to find Vaishaagan travelling, drawing or cooking in his spare time.

Benjamin Elek: Architectural Technician

Ben works as an Architectural Technician at Llama Group. His keen interest in design and background in joinery led him to further his knowledge in the field and complete a degree, gaining a first in Architectural Design Technology.

Ben's passion for sustainability and the innovative use of natural materials to create practical and contemporary building solutions is evident in his designs.

Away from his desk, he is a lover of the great outdoors and enjoys spending his time hiking, biking or camping in Scotland.

Jenny Shiletto: Senior Interior Designer

Jenny joined the team as a Senior Interior Designer and has over 10 years experience within the industry; working in the UK and Australia.

She has been involved in a wide range of project typologies, ranging from high end residential to commercial and hospitality projects, some stretching as far as the Middle East.

Outside of the design studio, Jenny enjoys travelling and visiting her friends and family back in Australia. Unsurprisingly, her love for interior design spills into her recreational activities, and you’re likely to find her working on various DIY home projects.

Tom Chivers: Interior Designer

Thomas is an Interior Designer at the Llama Group, having experience in both Architecture and Interior Design. He graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2012, after studying Architecture. He then went on to further his knowledge and gain experience within the design sector.

His experience within the industry has ranged from working on the interiors of some of London’s iconic buildings to designing a small ice cream shop in his hometown of Colchester.

Away from the design studio, he enjoys partaking in outdoor sports, from kayaking to snowboarding in Austria. He has even starred in an Italian gangster film.

Holly Winstanley: Junior Interior Designer

Holly recently graduated from The University of Huddersfield with a First Class Honours Degree and is now working as Janey Butler’s Junior Interior Designer.

Whilst at university, Holly gained experience and enhanced her technical skills within the industry whilst working for an interior design company in Manchester for a year.

Other than her passion for design, Holly is a lover of animals and enjoys spending time in the countryside with her two Border Terriers.

Chloe Boyd: Junior Interior Designer

Chloe is a Junior Interior Designer here at the Llama Group. In 2016, she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Interior Design.

Whilst in her final year at university, she gained experience in office design, which she continued after graduation. She has also worked as an Interior Designer and Stylist within the show home and residential sector.

Besides the creative industry, Chloe enjoys spending time with family and friends, city breaks and long walks her beloved Pomeranian, Milo.

Gavin Dixon: Finance Director

Gavin joined the team as a Finance Director, bringing over 10 years’ experience with him. In 2014, Gavin qualified as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has gained experience across various sectors.

In his current role at Llama Group, he is responsible for providing both strategic and financial oversight across the Group and works closely with the Senior Management team.

Aside from analysing numbers, Gavin enjoys travelling, playing football and spending time with friends and family.

John Young: Managing Quantity Surveyor

John brings a wealth of experience to the Llama Group. He has gained 15 years of experience in the industry, working within large regional and multinational organisations throughout the United Kingdom and Australia.

In addition to his extensive knowledge within the industry, John has the following qualifications; Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying.

In his spare time, John enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with a keen interest in cycling.


Have you got a project for Llama Group? We are unique in the market place to offer a true, design to turn-key service. We are not ‘just’ Architects, Interior Designers or a Construction Company, and we only offer the ‘Complete’ turn-key service with all elements brought together from our design studio / RIBA Architects practice.

This way we can guarantee not only a stress free, and cost effective journey for our clients, but also the level of finish which we as a group of companies working together have become renowned for.

If you are interested in a project or booking an appointment at our showroom, please email info@llamagroup.co.uk.