Our Story

We’re really proud of our team and so pleased that our customers appreciate all they do. We started from humble beginnings in Will’s garage and we wouldn’t have got to where we are now without our team and our customers – so a very big public thank you to you all.

William Vickery

William completed a carpentry apprenticeship from school, whilst working for a local building company.  He found that he had a passion for carpentry and that working in the building trade enabled him to understand all the aspects of building and maintaining properties.

He purchased his own house at the age of 20 and then stepped across into the world of property development, overseeing a number of very successful property developments.

It was a conversation with one of these customers that set him and his cousin, George, on the trail to shepherd hut building.  He asked them to build one for him, which they did – and coming from farming backgrounds they were captivated by the heritage of shepherd huts, but also intrigued by the opportunity that the flexibility of the space presented.

Blackdown Shepherd Huts was established in 2011 and now Will oversees the workshop and all things to do with hut build, at the same time as ploughing forward with the development plans for the future.

Alan (The people meeting one)

Alan is our front-man and joined us with key management skills and go-large company experience so his knowledge and skills have been a real asset to Blackdown, and our customers love him.  We’re not sure if it’s his cheeky grin or his patter – or maybe he is just bribing them with biscuits!

Bridie (The organising one)

Bridie joined us after she had completed her law degree and we are never going to let her go!  With her unfailing capacity to put up with all of us and organisational skills which are second-to-none, she has helped us move the business forward and amazingly still likes working here

Jamie (The enthusiastic one)

Having joined Blackdown® Shepherd Huts in our early days, Jamie`s working life started in engineering and his metal-working skills are still utilised today in the assembly of the hut chassis. He has also spent time working in a joinery which is where he first encountered his passion for woodwork. He has the youth, enthusiasm and speed that keep the team driving forward.

Paul (The methodical one)

At Blackdown® Shepherd Huts we pride ourselves on being a family company, so we were delighted to welcome Jamie’s relative Paul into the fold.  Having spent his whole working life in the construction industry he has a wealth of skills, this knowledge and experience is a real asset to Blackdown® Shepherd Huts. Paul is a real stickler for attention to detail – this suits us just fine.

Richard (The all-rounder)

Richard started his working life in the building industry. After some years he realised that he had a passion for woodwork and wanted to specialise in this field. He went back to college to gain more experience and qualifications in carpentry and joinery. He ran his own company successfully for many years, so he understands the need to hit deadlines and always has the customer at the forefront of his mind. Richard’s skill set is amazingly diverse, this makes him an excellent all-rounder in every aspect of hut creation.

Mark (The kitchen making one)

Mark loves making things and is a bona-fide joiner bloke, he constantly amazes us with his ability to transform pieces of wood into stunning hut furniture and loves nothing better than a challenge.

Julian (The strong one)

Julian has had a wide and varied background and is an all-round lovely chap with a particular talent for top-class workmanship on our oak chassis – another important member of our team.

Jon (The final touches one)

Jon is responsible for all the finishing touches that keep you clean and warm and cosy – like bathrooms and fires. He wants to give you the very best wow factor as soon as you walk into your hut.

Emma (The sensible one)

Emma is our ‘Captain’ who keeps our feet on the ground and always has good advice when we need it. With many years of experience as an entrepreneur, director and business mentor she is the backbone to Blackdown and is always happy to offer support, business savvy or calm us down when we get over excited

Sally (The geeky one)

Sally or ‘Cupcake’ as she is known in the office is our resident girly geek. Taking charge of our website, social media, answering general IT techie questions when Alan breaks stuff in the office and is our ‘go to girl’ for when the need for a nerd arises.

Amanda (The numbers one)

Amanda is in charge of the purse strings here at Blackdown and is our accounts ace!


Bella (The happy one)

Bella (a pooly x pug) is our customer service representative, she ensures that everyone visiting is instantly greeted and made to feel welcome.

Claire (The publicity one)

Claire is the one who shares our story, and your story too. She loves showcasing our huts and knows how to make them shine in magazines, online and in the press. She’ll find a story in everything, and it’s always all about the good things!