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Richard Ranklin

Association Manager - Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers


Richard has been Operations Manager at the AMUSF since 2012 having spent his entire career in the furniture manufacturing sector. After training at Rycotewood College in the early 1970’s he worked for 3 years at Ercol Furniture training as a chairmaker before a 20 year stint at Parker Knoll where he became Operations Director (cabinets). Moving to Wesley Barrell as Manufacturing Director in 1996 for 10 years before a couple of short spells at both Wood Bros. and AJ Way.

His role at the AMUSF has seen a change in direction from volume manufacturing to the craft sector providing services to artisan upholsterers and soft furnishers.