The Team

A close-knit and versatile team delivering excellence to customers for over 40 years. Between them, the members of AB Lewis have over 150 years in the timber business.


James Lewis

Managing Director

A renowned industry expert, James is responsible for the sourcing and purchasing of all hardwood timber. James has excellent relationships with suppliers, regularly travelling worldwide to ensure the best quality hardwood is available to AB Lewis customers.

He is an aspiring golfer, loving father and car fanatic.

Joined AB Lewis 1986


Barbara Cartwright

Finance Director

Barbara is responsible for finance, accounts, stock control, insurances, staff welfare, training, and is a top class event organiser!

She is treasurer of the North-West Committee of the Timber Trade Benevolent Society charity. Barbara is a keen golfer, a member of Formby Ladies Golf Club and highly involved with the Liverpool Timber Trade Golf Society.

Joined AB Lewis 1976


Julian Osborne

Flooring Director

Julian is responsible for the flooring product range. This involves sourcing the best products through developing and maintaining excellent relationships with overseas suppliers, as well as purchasing, sales and marketing. He first worked at AB Lewis in his school holidays when he was 16 years old!

His interests are vintage VW camper vans, boating, bikes and drones.

Joined AB Lewis 1991


Chaz Smith

Timber Yard

Chaz keeps the timber yard running like clockwork. He manages the yard staff, oversees deliveries and goods inwards and is the third generation of his family to have worked with AB Lewis.

Chaz is a Liverpool FC supporter, and a big family man, enjoying regular holidays abroad.

Joined AB Lewis 2001


Paul Hough

Shipping Desk

Paul oversees all shipping and documentation. He meticulously controls chain of custody records and adheres to all relevant trade association standards and timber regulations.

He has worked in shipping and forwarding for over 35 years and his interests include reading, electronics, radio, live music and comedy.

Joined AB Lewis 2002


Callum Wright

Hardwood Sales

Callum excels at providing high quality, competitive solutions to detailed customer specifications and drawings. He manages existing and new accounts, arranging carriage for hardwood orders and ensuring customers receive the best possible service.

Callum is a self-confessed “petrol head” with a big interest in cars. He enjoys going to the gym, getting out on his bike and socialising with friends.

Joined AB Lewis 2006


Nick Yates

Sales and Administration

Nick’s role covers flooring, sales, shipping desk, stock control, communication between the yard and the office, arranging deliveries and associated administration. His previous yard experience combined with his current role, means he has an excellent understanding of the stock, logistics and customer needs.

His interests include mountain biking in Wales and the Lake District, playing 5-a-side football, travelling to European music festivals, camping and cars.

Joined AB Lewis 2010


Claire-Louise Lewis


Claire-Louise is a welcome addition to the finance team, bringing with her considerable management experience. Under Barbara’s watchful eye she works in finance, accounts, stock and administration.

She enjoys running and keeping fit. A busy family life, two dogs, holidays and lots of entertaining keeps her very busy.

Joined AB Lewis 2015


Andrew Powell

Timber Yard

Andrew undertakes general yard duties, expertly loading and unloading wagons, picking orders and making product deliveries to customers.

He is a keen footballer, supporting Liverpool FC and enjoys going to the beach at Formby and elsewhere.

Joined AB Lewis 2015

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