Meet the team

We are committed to investing in securing and developing the very best design talent in the business. We have carefully selected each and every colleague based upon their individual market-leading expertise and track record whether they have been in the industry for years, or are fresh out of university.

So, if you are looking for a team capable of handling the complex change management issues involved in relocating a national broadcaster, a team with the vision to see how a former WW1 arms factory could be refurbished and reused as a Cat A head office or a team with the creativity to convert a 19th century mansion into a boutique hotel, we've got it covered.

John Williams

One of the founding directors, John has worked as a residential and commercial interior designer for more than 15 years. His career spans two continents and has seen him mastermind the refurbishment of Manchester Central Library, the launch of a new luxury co-working office space provider, the transformation of a Victorian mansion into a boutique hotel and the development of an exclusive beach house in LA.

Gavin King

Gavin has 25 years’ experience of designing inspirational commercial environments for the likes of ITV, KPMG, Direct Line and HMRC. Most notably, he successfully coordinated the large consultant team and change management programme behind the BBC’s move to MediaCityUK. Gavin, who joined SpaceInvader as a director in 2013, continues to hone his expertise in strategic workplace consultancy and leads project teams on long-term briefs including AstraZeneca’s global property portfolio.

Diana Monkhouse

With over 20 years’ experience and numerous industry awards, Diana joined SpaceInvader in 2016 to launch the London studio. Previously Interior Principal at Aukett Swanke, Diana is an extremely talented project leader and senior designer having worked across all sectors. Career highlights include ICC and Symphony Hall (Birmingham), MoD Abbeywood (Bristol) and SMBC NIKKO Capital Markets (London).

Sarah Dodsworth

A Mix Interiors ‘Rising Star’, Sarah has ten years’ experience of working for large architect practices based in the North. At SpaceInvader she specialises in workplace consultancy and Cat B fit-out design for the likes of AstraZeneca, CBRE and The Co-operative Bank. Sarah’s scheme for AstraZeneca’s Da Vinci building in Cambridge, which transformed the way employees utilised their workspace, was shortlisted for the National BCO Innovation Award in 2015.

Howard Powsney

Having started his career designing residential apartment schemes, Howard is now one of our most talented workplace consultants delivering innovative working environments for the likes of Hill Dickinson, Costain and Atlantic Container Lines. His involvement in the latest AstraZeneca project explores how to encourage interaction between teams through circulation and the introduction of a variety of work settings within the company’s Derwent Building in Macclesfield.

Katie Edgar

Although Katie only joined SpaceInvader in 2014 she has already become an invaluable member of the team and a key designer on hospitality, leisure and residential projects. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in these sectors, Katie’s current jobs include the development of a new hotel brand, a re-design for one of Manchester’s most iconic bars and the transformation of a Victorian mansion into a luxury boutique hotel.

Jason Oak

Jason has grown with the business, working with SpaceInvader since 2011 and has over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry. Having designed and delivered key projects in workplace, commercial and education sectors, Jason has proven his versatility in applying his skills for a broad range of clients including PA Consulting, Regatta, University of Manchester and Savills. His projects have been Shortlisted for 2 BCO regional awards, whilst winning FX magazine's prestigious UK Project award in 2015.