Head of Joist and Truss Design – Sarah Horden Profile

Head of Design Sarah Horden

As our design team continue to grow and previous Head of Truss Design Matt Korny has moved into a Head of Strategy role, Sarah Horden has now adapted to manage both the joist and truss design teams. Sarah joined Robinson Manufacturing in March 2019 with vast experience in joist design and team management from across the timber industry.

As Head of Design, it is Sarah’s responsibility to manage the teams’ workload and co-ordinate designers based across the UK. Furthermore, as we expand our design team in line with customer demand, she will be ensuring new starters receive a robust training programme and are familiar with our software. 

Our expert design team are experienced in creating innovative solutions with their technical knowledge. As Sarah is familiarising herself with technical information for trusses, Estimating Team Leader Sam Cole has been on hand to provide support, along with Head of Truss Production Mat Harbour. There is also the continued support of Joist Team Leader Jenny Powell and fellow joist designers, whilst Sarah adapts to her new role. Learning about a new area of the business and working closely with more people has been the most enjoyable part of Sarah’s role transition:

“Our design teams have incredible knowledge in their specified areas, which has been a great help in adapting to my new role. Even though I am here to guide the team, I have great faith in their expertise and the standard of work produced has been impressive.”

Sarah takes it upon herself to constantly build on her own education and passes on this technical knowledge to her team. To ensure our capabilities are constantly improving, she has also managed the introduction of a new joist design software, which has now been integrated into the teams’ processes and compliments our existing computer systems.

With designers based across the UK and some working remotely, Sarah has prioritised keeping in close contact with the team and building working relationships. By ensuring all designers have a webcam installed to their computer, Sarah facilitates weekly calls with all employees and has encouraged communication between joist and truss designers to share knowledge.

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email sales@rmuk.co.uk or call us on 01933 279597.