William Hughes

Experienced Production and Strategy Leader - Luxury Goods & Jewellery

● A confident and clear understanding of leadership, building from a single role to a best-in-class multi-discipline team of 45 - incorporating Workshop, Casting, Production, Logistics and Supply Chain - over 3 years with the lowest attrition rate in the business. ● Experienced in business development, leading the scale-up of capacity, capability, quality and product to serve business growth. ● Track record in achieving medium to long-term strategic and commercial ambitions of the business and department through partnerships, direct integration and team development.

Previous Brands
Estella Barlett
Work Experience
Head of Production
Oct ‘18 - Apr ‘23

• Led in the tendering and implementation of production management systems - delivering business-wide visibility on individual job status, costs and departmental performance. • Instrumental in the acquisition and integration of FutureCast LTD into the Vashi business. Part of a wider vertical integration strategy geared to improve product ownership, reduce SLA and improve margin. • The lead for the development of the experiential production concept across 8 store launches, culminating in the new Covent Garden flagship. The UK's first retail space housing casting and manufacture, each allowing full customer interaction. • Led the overhaul of the QC function in the business. Combining the hiring of dedicated QC talents with process review and product development - resulting in the pass rate rising 2x to 96% and improved diagnostic accuracy. • Developing the bespoke and customisation offering of the business. Creating the roadmap for an area of high potential growth and the manufacturing capabilities required to deliver high-quality products and transparency. • The manufacturing lead on the development of the Innovation Centre - the mission statement was to create the UK's No.1 manufacturing facility through the development of internal talent and industry tie-ups. • Led the business through the RJC accreditation process, achieving a 3 year COP certification.

Production Manager
Oct ‘17 - Sep ‘18

• Led a supply chain review, which resulted in a return to solely UK manufacturing - improving product ownership and delivery times whilst facilitating our own product development and reducing excessive stock holding. • Further to the above, lead on the transition from external to internal manufacture - pivoting the business's supply to facilitate a reduced SLA (24hrs) and transparency at every step of the customer journey. • Improving commercial agreements across the supply chain and negotiating with material and machinery suppliers to improve credit, terms and delivery. Crucially improving business cash flow and supply base at a key point in the business's growth.

Production Coordinator
Nov ‘16 - Sep ‘17

• Coordinating across numerous external vendors, creating BOMs and reporting on costs to line managers and building monthly reports on profitability and margin. • Cross-team collaboration on day-to-day tasks, contributing to the smooth running of the department.

Production Assistant
Aug ‘16 - Nov ‘16
Estella Barlett

• Assisting across the design and production teams - data administration and creation of specification sheets. • Introduction to an international supply chain, liaising on product development and delivery.

English - Fluent
French - Basic
Education & Training
Hereford College of Arts
‘14 - ‘16
Contemporary Crafts (MA)
Hereford College of Arts
‘11 - ‘14
Jewellery Design and Silversmithing (BA Hons)
London, UK