We are a Somerset business making a range of innovative acoustic products from British wool and other natural materials. The Woolly Shepherd Ltd has the fundamental ethos of fair trade, sustainability and contributing to quality of life for ourselves and our customers. We are:
Tim Simmons – Managing Director
As well as steering the ship, Tim focuses particularly on the following areas:
Product design – Tim plays a lead role in product design at the Woolly shepherd and is responsible for the concept and design of their innovative Natural Acoustics range, including the acoustic cloud first featured on the BBC’s Countryfile programme.
Working alongside members of the BBC Welsh National Orchestra, Tim has also co-designed a personal acoustic screen ‘The Haven’ that combines absorption and blocking in a uniquely effective manner, protecting the musician on either side of the screen from excessive dB exposure.
Research and development – As the driving force behind the Woolly Shepherd’s Natural Acoustics brand, Tim is constantly looking for ways to improve the performance of the existing acoustics range and for opportunities for new product development.
In addition to significantly improving the range of the Woolly Shepherd’s acoustic room treatment, Tim is also experimenting with the use of various types wool and other natural fibres inside loudspeaker cabinets, with a view to either supplying commercial loudspeaker manufacturers, or alternatively with a view to the development of a Natural Acoustics loudspeaker design.
Marty Simmons – Director
Marty is the administrative backbone of the company, focusing mainly on finance and accounting, as well as making sure our installations go smoothly. But perhaps more importantly, Marty has excellent communication skills and has rapidly become a very natural choice for our customer relations expert.
In addition to all of this, Marty also oversees the company’s bootliner sales.
If you are interested in being a trade customer, give Marty a call on 01823 400321.
Varittah Weerawong – Cloudmaker
Varittah is the perfectionist, who makes sure that your clouds and wall boards reach you in pristine condition. She also keeps the rest of us in line, often puts us to shame with her admirable stamina and work ethic and brings by far the most delicious food for lunch each day. Her boss is Boris the beautiful golden retriever.
Varittah came to the UK from Thailand a decade ago and previously worked in hotel and catering management.
Sarah Hooper – Cloudmaker
A cloudmaker since February 2012, Sarah enjoys problem solving and rises to the challenges of creating and finishing bespoke orders. She has developed an eye for detail through working on various craft and sewing projects for her home. Prior to joining the company, Sarah worked as an RHS trained gardener and is a volunteer in a National Trust garden on her day off.
Nicola Mangall – Cloudmaker
Nicola had her own successful hairdressing business before she decided on a career change and took up the challenge of learning to be a cloudmaker. She finds the variety of work and making new products, not only clouds, means there is always something new and exciting to create.
Beata Bors – Cloudmaker
Beata joined us as a highly recommended, accomplished seamstress and under Varittah’s skilled tuition has rapidly become a top notch felter, cloudmaker and a valued member of the team. Away from the Woolly Shepherd she is kept very busy raising her two lively young sons and Coco the Jack Russell cross Dachshund.
Jonathan Hebeler – Lead Installer
Jonathan is the husband of one of our shareholders and former Director, Sally Hebeler. He is a time served carpenter who loves a challenge. This is somewhat fortunate as we are constantly striving to improve our installation methods and regularly introducing new products for him to install. When not at work, Jonathan is a keen Hot Rod enthusiast.