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The Knicker Locker Team



Gemma Illes | Founder

With an interest in Fashion and Design, Gemma took a part time Art & Design course at her local college. Whilst studying, to support herself, she took a part time position at a local boutique lingerie store. Within a short period of time, she graduated to shop manager and started to develop the shops online exposure. Working in a small boutique shop allowed her to gain and broaden the knowledge and experience required in the lingerie industry and lead a rather more exciting career path. 

With some youthful enthusiasm, a bit of naivety and a whole lot of encouragement, she decided to set up Knicker Locker in January 2015. 




Nick Illes | Director

Nick started his first business when he was just 14, over 18 years ago and maintains that 'your only limitation in life is fear'. With that in mind, a fearless attitude and a drive to succeed he pushes himself and those around him to achieve excellence. He believes that by promoting teamwork, investing time in people and showing respect inevitably leads to a happy and productive working environment.

Nick has a Finance and Business Degree as well as a Masters in Quantity Surveying. 




Debbie Illes | Head of Finance

Debbie is a retired Pharmacist, who for many years worked for a major pharmaceutical company in marketing and sales. She then entered the family engineering business that her father ran in South Africa and took on the position of Financial Director for 4 years, after which she subsequently helped start up and manage a highly successful private Radiology Practice with her husband for 11 years.

After taking a break for her children and moving back to the UK, Debbie has now returned to managing the accounts for the next generation of family businesses.




Dot Nine Solutions | Web Design Team

Based in Nottingham, Dot Nine Solutions has over 30 years combined experience of designing and building award winning websites and business critical solutions. Stewart and Nick have worked with a diverse range of companies from small start-ups to globally recognised brands and organisations such as Manchester United FC and Formula One. The team understand all aspects of online retailing from product management to merchandising, retailing, warehousing, fulfilment, customer service and everything in between.





LFM Accountants | Finance Team

LFM are an accountancy firm based in Hampshire, specialising in providing accountancy services and taxation advice to owner managed businesses and private clients. Having trained with LFM (previously Francis Maxwell) Matt qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2007. He has had a mixture of experience both in practice and in industry.

Matt has also worked in industry as Head of Finance for two luxury brands, Diptyque and Byredo before returning to LFM in 2014. he particularly enjoyed tax planning for clients that encompasses a wide range of taxes and exploring the various opportunities available.



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