Meet the team

The English Craftsman has a strong foundation of quality craftsmanship, and a passion for conservation. If you’re after real examples of our work, make sure to take a look at our portfolio.


The English Craftsman started in 2001 when its founder, Paul Winstanley, turned his English-trained antique restoration skills to the New Zealand market. Following continued success, Paul developed and marketed his own brand of finishing products for use on delicate antiques. The Easy Strip product range now sells nationwide, and is favoured by conservationists and those after the most authentic natural finish.

In 2005 the company turned its eye towards Double Glazing after Paul purchased a 1910 property and the only option for double glazing was aluminium inserts into his lovely wooden double-hung sash windows. Not satisfied with this solution, Paul developed a method of fitting double glazed units to the existing frames. The result was so successful that the service was soon in demand and The English Craftsman were the first Company to offer this an a commercial basis in the Wellington region. The service soon evolved into full manufacturing, installation and finish painting with the whole process project-managed from start to finish.

The English Craftsman now employs a large team of qualified Joiners, Carpenters and painters selected for their character and passion for the industry. We believe this is why our clients’ testimonials are so stunning, because we place passion and integrity over our bottom line.



Paul is an experienced cabinet-maker and antique furniture restorer from the UK.

Englishman Paul Winstanley the founder of The English Craftsman Ltd is the son of a respected craftsman bookbinder, Alan Winstanley. Paul grew up having an eye for attention to detail and a passion for conservation.

Paul put these skills to good use when he trained as a cabinet maker and antique restorer in England. When he moved to the Wairarapa in 2001 he wanted to utilise these qualities again and embrace his heritage; so the English Craftsman Ltd was born.

Starting off restoring Antiques from his double garage, Paul’s innovation and determination for restoration products led to the development of his own brand of paint and varnish remover; Easy Strip. Realising a gap in the industry Paul entered the home renovation market with a paint stripping and timber floor restoration service.

However the biggest turning point for the company came after the installation of aluminium double-glazing into his 85 year old house.

Remarking that the new windows had “removed the soul” from the character of his home, Paul began another quest to bring a system of Retro-Fit Double-Glazing over from the UK. For the first time it allowed double glazing to be fitted into existing wooden joinery. Combined with the fitting of specialised draught seals and the restoration of timber windows, this service has proved very popular with home renovators who wish to maintain the character of their home.

Paul now employs a small team of skilled craftsmen, joiners, painters, and carpenters; each one personally chosen for their qualifications, attention to detail, and of course, passion for the industry.

Paul and wife Katie also own and operate Changes MediSpa in Masterton, the largest Day Spa in the lower North Island together with a 7 room accommodation wing. Paul is a Licenced Private Investigator with Stealth Investigations and operates a weekend business called the Mobile Vintage Lounge, where he indulges his interest in Whiskey and fine cigars

Chris Evans

Joinery Manager

Chris is a qualified and experienced joiner, working for The English Craftsman since 2013 in numerous roles. He wanted to be a joiner as a young teenager, starting an apprenticeship at 16 and a half in Lower Hutt. Chris is now well experienced across all aspects of joinery – manufacturing and installing high quality cabinets, kitchens, wooden joinery, and custom projects – from pet shops to offices to high-end home components. He has a keen interest in technology and how things work and often longs to be in the mountains for a run or a few days fastpacking. Alongside work at The English Craftsman, Chris is studying towards a Bachelor of Counselling.

Paul Simpson

General Manager

Paul joined The English Craftsman team in 2018 and takes pride in his finishing skills and attention to detail. As our General Manager he ensures all your job runs smoothly, on time, and to your full satisfaction.

Paul is a great communicator and will be your point of contact throughout the job from start to finish.

Paul Is a fully qualified English carpenter with 25 years’ experience in the industry and a member of Certified Builders NZ for over 10 years.

He learned his trade working with heritage buildings in London and the South of England before moving to Queenstown, NZ where he built extremely high end homes and was a leading hand on the construction
of the award winning clubhouse for ‘The Hills’ golf course.

After a brief return to the UK, he returned to NZ permanently where he was part of the team at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

He then moved into the commercial sector where he specialised in interiors, working on many high-end projects including Head offices for ANZ, The NZX Fitout, GCHQ offices and the Prime Ministers accommodation at Premier House.

When not at work Paul can be found endlessly walking his two dogs in the countryside, riding motorbikes and going snowboarding in the winter.

Joe Scarratt

Joinery Installer

Branden Bartlett

Apprentice Joiner

Brodie McGhie-Priddle

Apprentice Joiner

Finn Connell

Joinery Assistant

The English Craftsman
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Kate Lucas
Kate Lucas
07:19 30 Oct 22
Manufactured and installed great looking bifold doors and windows with double glazing. Worked with us when wider... renovation job was delayed by several months. Fixed issues with weatherboard above door flashing that was outside the agreed scope. Very pleased with doors and windows which have received much favourable more
Juliet MacLean
Juliet MacLean
03:38 21 Oct 22
We live in a 1920s house that was partially double-glazed by a previous owner. We engaged with The English Craftsman to... double-glaze the remaining windows which included awkward triangular frames and windows with lead-lined panels. The results are great - the house is both quieter and warmer and the windows look very smart. The team were polite and pleasant to be around and communication was excellent. I would recommend them to others (and in fact have already done so).read more
Ben Fletcher
Ben Fletcher
21:53 06 Sep 22
We contracted the English Craftsman to create two bespoke liquor display joinery units for a restaurant fit out. They... were extremely professional in their processes and delivery a very high end product in a tight timeframe. We are very pleased with the outcome. I can't recommend these guys highly more
Tom O'Brien
Tom O'Brien
06:42 13 Jun 22
The English Craftsman replaced the original windows and external doors in our 1930s house. The result is a noticeable... improvement in warmth, reduction in noise and a modern appearance. The crew were a pleasure to deal with and I can't fault their attention to detail. Highly more
Rob Hole
Rob Hole
03:57 06 Oct 21
Excellent work, as previously experienced
Nicola Houlding
Nicola Houlding
20:41 30 Sep 21
Another excellent job from the team. We're noticing the difference already in terms of warmth. Really appreciated how... considerate the team were when we had kids at home more
Micah Swindells
Micah Swindells
03:43 24 Jul 21
Very helpful and friendly
John Villiers
John Villiers
02:44 22 Jul 21
Paul supplied top quality products sympathetic to the needs of a heritage house. We noticed immediate improvements in... the road noise and reduction in the effort needed to heat the house. ​Reuben had a great attitude, was cheerful and kept us well informed of what would be happening each day. He cleaned up after himself at the end of the day, ensuring no mess was left for us to clear up. His pride in his work was apparent in the attention to detail demonstrated throughout the more
Nigel Parry
Nigel Parry
23:05 24 Mar 20
Quality workmanship and professionalism, reliable, clean and tidy on site and a pleasure to deal with.
Tadashi Tamai
Tadashi Tamai
02:09 20 Feb 19
We find the team (Paul & Richard) very professional. The installation process was smooth and very efficient. We were... very impressed by the quality of the joinery workmanship and the great attention to details. Paul W was also great in addressing any concerns we had immediately, trying to find a workable solution, which turned out to be better than we expected. He has also been very accommodating in making last minute changes (as we changed our mind). Works were completed on time, on budget and to a very high standard. We can't be happier with the great look of the new sash windows & doors, as well as the noticeable reduction in noise and warmth. We would highly recommend English Craftsman to anyone contemplating double glazing their villas or character homes.Luk & Tadashi, Wadestownread more
Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams
17:26 12 Nov 18
We used the English Craftsman to double glaze our windows. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome and the... quality of the workmanship. The windows look fantastic and we are already noticing the difference in warmth and how the house feels. Beforehand we had condensation on the windows and drafts coming through the sash windows but these issues have totally disappeared now. The finish to the windows is faultless. Dealing with everyone involved was so easy, from the initial planning stage to the work onsite. Everyone was very professional throughout and made very little disruption to us when on site. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the English Craftsman as the windows and outcome have totally exceeded our more
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