Meet The Team

At Selbrae House we are proud of our team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals. From customer service to production, buying and design we are all passionate about what we do. Find out more about us here.

  • Donny Carstairs


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    • Date joined: The very, very beginning however long ago that was – hate to think!

      Job description: Isn’t being the MD is supposed to mean you get to keep all the best jobs and delegate the others?!  I guess not since you’ll usually find me packing down a trade stand, driving the van or working out a sales target.  Joy!

      What do you enjoy most about your role?:  Getting a product to market and seeing a positive customer reaction!

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s):  Big fan of new marble range Just Slate range and the Naturally Med Parmesan Cheese Grater – must be a man thing!

  • Pauline Kelly

    Customer Service Executive

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    • Date joined: September 2015

      Job description: Processing orders/dealing with all types of retail or trade customer queries

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: Ensuring our customers are given the best possible customer experience at all times

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Heart Fusion Dish & Spoon Set & Scott Innes Bramble Thistle products

  • Jolene Martin

    Brand Manager

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    • Date joined: January 2014

      Job description: I am mostly involved with our licence brands, Gillian Kyle and Scott Inness and this means working closely with the licence holders on strategy for the brands, product development and then selling the finished product. I also give input into our other brands Just Slate and Naturally Med in terms of product development and have the pleasure right now of being involved with the development and launch of our brand new in house brand Jock which is fun Scottish brand that gives us a lot of laughs.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: Product development, Trade Shows and seeing a ranges sell well that we have worked hard to develop right from the start.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Too many to choose from as I love most of the Just Slate products. If I had to choose just one though it would be the new long serving board that is coming out this AW, it is very cool. From the existing products the copper nesting bowls are still a favourite of mine and Gillian Kyle’s reflecting stag is also a design I admire very much.

  • Emma Carstairs

    Design & Buying Director

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    • Date joined: 2002.  Eeek.

      Job description: I work across all of our brands, designing and compiling new products and ranges ( at least twice a year).  I work with the factories and spend a lot of time getting the products right, into cost and ensuring the quality is high and then move on to the buy qty’s and placing the orders.  We buy from the Far East, Europe and the UK so it can get quite hectic.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: The people, the products, and adventures of sourcing trips.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): It’s not quite here yet.. but my favourite is a Prosecco bottle stopper we are launching for AW.  Pop, Fizz. Clink!  ( It’s current in my mind!)

  • Claire Cottrell

    Forecasting & Special Projects Manager

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    • Date joined: 2009 – went on Mat leave to have a few babies!

      Job description: To ensure that accurate forecasts are produced by reviewing and analysing historical forecasts, customer data and market trends. Working alongside our Product Design Team and the Buyer to ensure timely Product launches and continuous supply of goods.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?:  Adult conversation – being a Mummy of 3 very young children I enjoy all my colleagues company, they really are a lovely Team.  I love being involved at every stage – from giving my input/thoughts on design right through to ensuring our Customers receive the products on time.  

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): I love the new Cooper & Marble Collection, right up my street.  Sophisticated and bang on trend.  I also love the Gillian Kyle prints that sit perfect in my newly decorated kitchen!

  • Maria Cox

    Marketing Manager

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    • Date joined: October 2010

      Job Description: Responsible for all Selbrae House's marketing, managing everything from trade shows and brand assets to our websites & social media channels.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: Being able to be creative and  attending trade shows.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Just Slate’s Hexagonal Copper serving Tray and Gillian Kyle’s Westie Apron!

  • Lynn Mackay

    Financial Controller

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    • Date joined: January 2012

      Job description:  My days are spent working alongside the Selbrae House team on planning and reporting the company’s performance.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?:  I am lucky to work with such a fantastic team, when it’s been an exceptional month and targets have been smashed I love sharing the results with them.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s):  I think it would have to be The Copper Luxe Collection, my copper nesting bowls always receive compliments! Everyone works so hard on all of the brands and I love them all! Seeing them in stores makes me feel very proud.

  • Jennie Steel

    Key Account and Export Executive

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    • Date joined: October 2010 

      Job description: Manage UK Key Accounts and all Export Customers – from processing orders to shipping.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: it is a very mixed and busy role with each day bringing something new.   I like to give the customer the best service possible whether it is getting a last minute urgent order out to them or arranging the best shipping method for export orders.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Love my Just Slate Butter Dish and all the Copper range

  • Colin Carstairs

    Production Manager

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    • Date joined: January 2005

      Job description: It is quite varied as I wear several hats, basically the sales team receive the orders and it’s my job with the help of my team to make sure they go out on time and to the customer’s specifications. However, I also manage logistics, packaging aspects of the company as well as some of the in-house IT.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: Making items that people use in their homes every day, and almost everyone I meet has heard of at least one of our brands.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): The olive wood range as the pieces are practical, with interesting grains and colours, and gives great results when engraved.

  • Louise Carstairs


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    • Date Joined: Founded Selbrae House’s sister company, SEL, in 1987. I started of making and selling dried floral arrangements to the multiples such as Next and Matalan.

      Job description: Innovating products.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: Learning how to commercialise ideas. Still enjoy helping create a workplace where people enjoy the place they call work and connect with their fellow workmates.

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): The flowers of course.

  • Ian Carstairs

    Shipping Administrator

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    • Date joined: July 2008

      Job description: primarily look after the import shipping

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: The buzz that the business has

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Bespoke products that are produced using our new in-house engraving machine – weve made some great bespoke designs for some of our customers.

  • Mairi Scott

    Sales Agent Scotland (Just Slate and Scottish Oak)

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    • Date joined: Jan 2010

      Job description: Covering the whole of Scotland including the isles. Esuring customers are kept up to date with our latest product ranges. Liasing between customers and Selbrae House, to ensure best possible service is achieved.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: I love travelling and meeting people so this is my perfect vocation!

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Our hanging serving boards with copper hooks – bang on trend and eminently usable and they are the perfect gift for any occasion.

  • Fiona Smith

    Sales Agent Scotland (Gillian Kyle, Scott Inness, Naturally Med & Jock)

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    • Date joined: July 18

      Job description: managing sales of the Gillian kyle, Scott Inness, Naturally med and Jock brands throughout Scotland.

      What do you enjoy most about your role?:  

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s):

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    Head of security

  • Kerry Raeburn

    Sales Development Executive

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    • Date joined: March 2017

      Job description: I am responsible for managing B2B relationships with prospective new customers, cross selling different brands to existing customers and generally creating awareness of all of our products in the marketplace. 

      What do you enjoy most about your role?: I enjoy finding the right products to suit customer’s needs. With so many brands on our books I like to research our customers business’ and suggest the products I think will fit their customers best. 

      Current favourite Selbrae House product(s): Oh too difficult! I love the mixed artisan serving set from Just Slate. I recently gifted this as a housewarming present and it was lovely to see everyone at the party admire it!