The Team

Rory Millar
Rory Millar
English Oak Buildings founder Rory was introduced to timber frame building 20 years ago by the French Master Carpenter Frederic Brillant. He was apprentice to Frederic in his workshop on Vashon, an island off the Seattle coast where it was soon clear that he had found his vocation. Coming to England Rory soon found himself working on important new builds and restoration projects, including the rebuilding of Windsor Castle. Branching out on his own was the logical progression, and with more and more work coming his way Rory set up English Oak Buildings with Mark in 1999.
Mark Hulford
Mark Hulford
Mark worked for five years after leaving school where he specialised in hand converting timber, woodland products and timber framing. After achieving a first class honours degree in fine art sculpture, he set up English Oak Buildings with Rory in 1999, and now spends his time as a frame designer. When he’s not at work he can be found cycling around the Mendips.
Mat Hulford
Mat Hulford
Mat is our Production Manager. He is the longest standing member of staff, having been with English Oak Buildings since 2003 and is crucial to the smooth running of the workshop. His pastimes include rugby, tennis and walking.
Dexter Buxton
Dexter Buxton
Dexter is our Workshop Manager & Health & Safety Officer. He joined the team in January 2014 and has proved enthusiastic and crucial to the smooth running of the workshop with Mat. His pastimes include motorbikes, cars and cycling.
Will Rumney
Will Rumney
Will joined the team in August 2015 and is a valuable member of staff. He plays trombone in a band called Antelope and can often be heard flexing his vocal chords in the workshop. His pastimes include, Antelope, pottery, wheelwrighting and scuba diving.
Joe Cooper
Joe Cooper
Joe joined us in July 2016 and is a valuable member of staff. When not at work he can be found renovating his house. His pastimes include rugby and climbing.
Tom Golding
Tom Golding
Tom joined us in October 2017 and whilst he’s from a joinery and furniture making background, he’s proving to be an excellent framer. His pastimes include mountain biking, cooking and dog walking
Ben Leah
Ben Leah
Ben joined us in January 2018 from the Marines to learn everything traditional timber framing.
His pastimes include surfing, dog walking and Ju-Jitsu.