UK-based sofa designer, developer and manufacturer TCM Living has appointed Nicola Furlong (pictured) as MD of Ashley Manor Upholstery, with effect from 1st November 2022. 

Also, Will Cawson has been appointed design director of Ashley Manor Upholstery and Alexander and James, and will join in the coming months.

Nicola joins Ashley Manor from The Whittan Group, where she was sales director for the past year. Prior to that, Nicola was sales and marketing director at QFC (Quality Furniture Company) and formerly head of licensing at Silentnight.

Will returns to Ashley Manor and Alexander and James after serving seven-and-a-half years at Duresta Upholstery, Sofa Brands International's luxury brand, where he was design director from 2017-22. Prior to that, Will worked as design manager for Ashley Manor Upholstery, Alexander and James and AMX Design for over a decade, from 2004-15.

Jonathan Fearn, CEO of TCM Living Group, says: “We are thrilled to be welcoming two great additions to our TCM Living brands, joining our excellent Ashley Manor and Alexander and James. Nicola and Will bring a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to their roles, and the group board and brand teams are looking forward to working closely with them in due course.”

Will comments: “I am excited to return to where I started my career almost 20 years ago. The world of upholstery design is evolving as people’s lifestyles and preferences are progressing, and to rejoin the team at TCM Living on their journey to success provides a wonderful opportunity in the next stage of contemporary British design.”

Nicola adds: “It is a great privilege to be joining Ashley Manor Upholstery, one of the major UK Upholstery manufacturers, in this managerial role. I am excited for the journey ahead working with the Ashley Manor and TCM Living team on this great brand of modern, British-made sofas.”