Director of UK Sales
"I promised myself in 1983 that the day I didn't enjoy coming to work I'd leave and move on. I stand by that promise and I am still here nearly 30 years on."
Abdul is our ever youthful, ever challenging Director of UK Sales, responsible for contract fabric sales in our largest market area covering all sectors and all channels: A&D,corporate end-user clients, furniture manufacturers and the dealer network. He was originally recruited to Camborne Fabrics as a very young YTS (remember Margaret Thatcher's Youth Training Scheme!), then moved up through the ranks, gaining priceless knowledge and making countless friends within the industry, not just in the UK, but in overseas markets in the Middle East and Far East. He set up rival Glenside Fabrics, found his vocation in sales, then saw his career come full circle when Glenside was acquired by Interface Fabrics in the late 90s. Since the Camira MBO from Interface Abdul has headed up our UK sales team, never complacent, getting a total buzz from being part of making and keeping Camira market leader.
After all these years one thing that still grates with Abdul is when high end furniture is downgraded with entry level fabrics: "It's like putting re-moulds on a top of the range Mercedes!" For someone who loves cars - and furniture - that's utter sacrilege.
Abdul is also involved with Mosaic, an organisation founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 to inspire young people of all backgrounds growing up in deprived communities to realise their talents. Abdul believes "Young people will succeed if they are supported by those who are already successful".