Poppy Peace

Managing Director

With over 12 years of experience in the home furnishings and interiors business, Poppy has worked closely with Private Clients, Property Developers and Estate Agents. She brings key knowledge and expertise to the company on a vast scope from product and interior design to operations and business management. 

Poppy has been with Milc since its inception and has been integral to the shaping and growth of the company into the success it is today. With a friendly and honest approach, she always upholds the Milc ethos and is closely supported by her well established team. 

From her entertaining anecdotes to the challenges and joys of motherhood, the weekend is all about family time. Sushi is her favorite cuisine and she loves to try out the latest sushi joints in and around the city. Her must have great escape once a year is to Europe’s snowy mountains for snowboarding and mulled wine.

 

Richard Chaplin

Group Creative Director

Richard began his career in the health club industry after graduating with a degree and masters. After owning a number of large health and fitness clubs he got an appetite for property. Richard developed a website facilitating the private sale of homes, giving him a formidable understanding of the UK property market.

He was a Director for a property brokerage company and following this Co-Founder / Director of super-prime property developer Ypres Rose Developments. YRD completed five £10m+ luxury house developments in St. George’s Hill, Weybridge and the Wentworth Golf Estate, as well as other smaller developments, generating a Gross Development Value of over £60 million. Richard then went on to work with a London based furnishing company during its infancy.

Outside of work, Rich’s passion is first and foremost his family, then with any spare time you will see him on his road bike around Staffordshire.

Polly Haley

Founder & Director

After graduating from university, Polly took her first steps into the property sector as a photographer at one of London’s leading estate agents. It was here that she met her co-founder and business partner, Heidi. Interiors have always been Polly’s passion and whilst working she chose to study Interior Design at the Chelsea College of Arts to develop her skills and understanding. In 2004 Polly and Heidi ventured into the entrepreneurial world and set up Milc. Over the past 14 years they have developed Milc from a ‘2-man’ organisation into the successful award winning business it has become today. Milc proudly joined the David Phillips Group in 2015.                                                                                             

Polly is happily married and a proud mother to her three sons Jude, Alfie & Reuben. Her house is an ongoing project and at the weekends Polly can usually be found hunting for treasures at local flea markets and antique shops.

Heidi Clark Vasquez

Founder & Director

Heidi studied Architecture at Kingston University and during this time worked for world renowned architects Foster and Partners. She developed a keen interest in interior design and took a break in her studies to become an architect to work for one of London’s top estate agents as a photographer. There she met co-founder Polly Haley. Together they established Milc, a successful award winning design business which has recently celebrated its 14 year anniversary. Milc proudly became part of the David Phillips Group in 2015.

Heidi’s other passion is dance; she danced for a London based dance company and studied at the prestigious Broadway Dance Centre in New York. She frequently travels between London and New York, always looking for inspiring interiors and new trends. Heidi also loves to take time out to relax with a glass of red wine and a delicious cheese board with friends.

Alison Clorley

Director

Since joining the company in 2010 Alison has been integral to the growth of Milc. She has excellent all-round knowledge, but her main focus is design, procurement and product. She has worked on numerous multi-unit and prime developments as well as helping Milc win a number of awards. 

After completing her degree in Architecture, Alison went on to work for Make Architects, assisting in the residential fit out of the Cube development. This was followed by a character building stint travelling Asia and Central America.

Alison has the sweetest tooth in the office. Never to be found far from the biscuit tin she instigated the Milc team bake-off and set the standard with her lemon poppy seed cake. Her spare time is spent silk screen printing, running, swimming, and sourcing mid-century modern furniture for her Stoke Newington flat.

Lindsey Clarke

Design Manager

After completing a BA in Law Lindsey went on to study Interior Design at Dublin Institute of Design. Whilst studying she worked for an Interior Designer part time as well as completing an internship at McQuillen Architects.

Lindsey went travelling for 7 months which eventually led her to uproot and move to London soon after she returned. Since joining Milc in 2012 Lindsey has worked on numerous projects and has become a great addition to the team. She loves to challenge her design skills on every project and always does so with a big smile on her face.

Lindsey enjoys an active lifestyle and attends regular yoga classes. She also enjoys exploring London and finding new things to do. In between going back to the emerald Isle to see family and friends Lindsey enjoys popping down to the South of Spain to relax on the beach with a cocktail.

Sylwia Lubian

Senior Interior Designer

Sylwia graduated from London Metropolitan University with a First-class degree in Interior Design and Technology. She then went on to gain an MA with distinction in Interior Design from the University of Westminster before starting an internship at Shaun Clarkson Interior Design. She then joined Catherine Wilman Interiors in Chelsea. During her 4 years there she was inspired to focus on residential design which naturally led her to joining the Milc team as Senior Interior Designer. Sylwia’s project management and procurement knowledge is a great addition to the dynamic Milc team.

Sylwia loves spending time with her little French Bulldog and is always on the hunt for beautiful things so can be found at flea markets regularly. She loves London for its creativity and exhibitions, her favorite galleries are the V&A or the Tate Modern. She dreams of one day travelling the world and climbing Mont Blanc on her birthday.

Eloise James

Interior Designer

After completing a degree in Printed Textile Design at Brighton University, Eloise became passionate about interiors. She interned at Living etc Magazine and then started her career as a freelance Interior Stylist Assistant, working on photo shoots for national publications and furniture retailers. Eloise then joined a small interior design studio in Chelsea where she worked for 4 years before joining Milc.

She loves searching for anything interior related and can usually be found at an antiques fair, car boot sale or treasure hunting in charity shops. Eloise also loves going to new restaurants where she gets inspiration for her cooking. She loves to host dinner parties which are always followed by a good game of Articulate!

Alexandra Laird

Interior Designer

Alexandra, also known as ‘Ally’, originally joined Milc as a freelancer in 2014 whilst completing her studies at the KLC School of Design. The experience that she gained working alongside the designers made her a natural choice to join the expanding design team. In her time with the company, Ally has already worked on several large projects, achieving great results and establishing strong client relationships.

A keen foodie, Ally is always in the know about the ever-changing London restaurant scene, and she enjoys spending her weekends brunching with friends and discovering new London hotspots. Her humorous comments and contagious laughter are appreciated by everyone in the office, and her karaoke performances would give even Mariah a run for her a money. With roots in Australia and Mexico, Ally is a keen traveller, who loves the discovery of new places and a glass of cold rose along with a sunset.

Freya Reed

Interior Designer

After completing a degree in Printed Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts, Freya went on to work under the head stylist at Knightsbridge based Louise Bradley Interiors. This is where her love for interior design developed.  She is also part of a textile collective known as ‘Modern Folk’ who showcase at festivals and local London events. Freya loves to take photos of street art and interesting architecture which she posts regularly on Instagram.

She loves solo backpacking around the world and her favorite country to date is Cambodia where she learnt to dive. Her ambition is to visit every continent at least once. If she’s not travelling she is usually doing hot yoga somewhere or eating her favorite Japanese food. She is our resident vegetarian and is often wondering around local food markets to find weird and wonderful ingredients to cook with.

 

Hannah Farley

Designer

Hannah graduated from Central Saint Martins with a degree in Knitted Interior Textiles before starting her career as a freelance designer for both One Fine Stay and Homewings. Fabrics are really important to Hannah, she believes the right collection of soft furnishings really make a room. Her love for interior fabrics all started when she visited Rajasthan in India. The colours, patterns and prints were so beautiful she realised that she wanted to be in an industry where she was surrounded by all these things on a daily basis, she had found her calling.

Hannah has a passion for travelling, she will take any opportunity to travel to new places so that she can immerse herself in all types of interior design, soaking up inspiration from around the world.  If she’s not spending time with friends then she’ll usually be found at home scrolling through Pinterest searching the next interior trends and getting inspiration for her styling!

Giverny Simm

Designer

Giverny obtained a degree in Textiles and Surface Design from Buckinghamshire New University, this is where she developed her passion for interiors. Following this she went on to work as a stylist for our sister company David Phillips, firstly as a junior interior designer for show homes and then as a stylist. It is during this time that she gained invaluable experience in furnishings and composition.

During her spare time she loves to be out in the countryside enjoying a glass of something fizzy in the garden. She often spends weekends at antiques fairs and music festivals. She enjoys discovering new places, trying new foods and travelling the world which really inspires her.

Chloe Hilaire

Office Manager

At the Milc office no two days are ever the same. Chloe, our Office Manager, does a fine job of ensuring everything keeps ticking over nicely. Always with a smile on her face from the moment she walks into the office, nothing is ever too much.

She’s extremely well organised and truly is the backbone of the office. The team joke that she has a stationary collection to rival Ryman’s!

Chloe has a degree in Makeup for Fashion from London College of Fashion, and is also a qualified makeup artist. She has a love for design but particularly anything vintage. She has an amazing collection of antique tea cups and loves to find unusual items in vintage shops. Chloe also has a passion for horse riding and has her own horse called Sid.  

David Storey

Warehouse Manager

David joined Milc after 13 years building his career in warehousing and distribution at the largest privately owned furniture retailer in the UK. He was the youngest Distribution Manager in the company's history and was responsible for improving performance at a number of stores, including their flagship branch. David is responsible for the day to day running of our warehouse and the continuous improvement of Milc’s distribution function.

David is an avid sports fan, particularly cricket, cycling and American football, and enjoys attending sporting events, concerts and festivals.

Matteo Stopiglia

Warehouse Assistant

Matteo, our resident Italian, joined the Milc team when he first came to live in England. He brought with him an abundance of warehouse experience and hit the ground running. He’s Dave’s right-hand man in the Milc warehouse and together they run a tight ship.

He loves living in East London and spends his weekends exploring all the new and exciting places that are constantly popping up. He misses Italy sometimes, but who can blame him! Matteo says the world is a big place and that he never knows what the future will bring or where he will end up.

Matteo has a passion for cycling and also likes football. He loves to travel the world and is always planning his next trip.

James Shiell

Installation Manager

James joined the Milc team as an Install Supervisor after being part of the Milc crew for 7 years. He ensures that all our installs run smoothly no matter how small or big the project is. His strength and knowledge of our products makes James an invaluable addition to the team. He loves to get the job done and done right, and is usually the fastest person in the room! He previously worked for Hamley’s toy store where he learnt the skills to supervise and organise a warehouse on a large scale. He has also worked as an art installer for a celebrated glass and installation artist. Prior to his life at Milc James also worked in landscaping and garden design.

He absolutely loves animation in all forms, especially the works of studio ghibli and manga. If he’s not found out at the local pub socializing with his friends he can often be found reading a graphic novel or book. He’s currently enjoying in Dubious battle by John Steinbeck.

Installation Crew

Marcus – Our longest standing crew member knows London like the back of his hand. Never to be seen without one of his trademark hats or listening to LBC Radio.

Jeremy – An experienced handyman with a keen eye for design. He is a big music fan and can play the piano. He loves all sports and motorbikes.

Lloyd – A longstanding and invaluable team member. A professional actor by trade, he’s always making the Milc team laugh with his great sense of humour. His super healthy lifestyle as a vegan is often the talk of the team’s lunch break.

Sam - Always seen with a smile on his face, Sam’s ‘no problem’ attitude guarantees a calm approach even when under pressure. He is always happy and willing to lend a hand at anything. Outside of Milc he’s also a professional actor.

Our
TEAM

Poppy Peace

Managing Director

Richard Chaplin

Group Creative Director

Polly Haley

Founder & Director

Heidi Clark Vasquez

Founder & Director

Alison Clorley

Director

Lindsey Clarke

Design Manager

Sylwia Lubian

Senior Interior Designer

Eloise James

Interior Designer

Alexandra Laird

Interior Designer

Freya Reed

Interior Designer

Hannah Farley

Designer

Giverny Simm

Designer

Chloe Hilaire

Office Manager

David Storey

Warehouse Manager

Matteo Stopiglia

Warehouse Assistant

James Shiell

Installation Manager

Installation Crew