Almost 20 years on from his time at Princethorpe, OP Will Lyne (Class of 2004) is now bringing luxury living to Leamington and beyond.
We caught up with Will, a Warwickshire-based entrepreneur and dad-of-two. who has combined his plumbing skills with his eye for design by taking over as owner and lead designer at luxury kitchen and interiors company, Christopher Peters.
Will, who was a student at Princethorpe in the early noughties, graduated in 2004 and went straight on to pursue a plumbing apprenticeship at Warwickshire College. After gaining a few years of on-the-job experience, Will set up his own plumbing and heating company before he turned 25 – successfully running that for more than a decade.
Having worked with a number of local kitchen companies over the years, Will became well-known for his attention to detail and his unwavering work ethic. One company he worked closely with was Christopher Peters Kitchens & Interiors, and when the time came for the founders, Christopher and Jill Peters, to sell up and retire, they approached the person they knew would carry on the legacy of the luxury brand: Will.
So, in April 2019, Will and his wife, Grace, invested in the business. It had already been a busy few years for the couple, having had their son, Theo, the previous summer and then getting married in December 2018 – all whilst taking on their own renovation project and building their dream home. Within a matter of months, Will and Grace had put their own stamp on the already successful business, wowing local clients with their knowledge of the design and install process. Offering a truly bespoke service, clients were keen to meet with Will, Grace and their team of specialists at their showroom – based on Regent Grove in Leamington Spa – and see their unique flair for classic interior design for themselves.
But then COVID hit, and in-person client meetings became a thing of the past, at least for a couple of years. Will and Grace leapt into action, meeting with clients virtually and doing everything within their power to continue to source materials and carry on with renovation projects. Welcoming their second child – a little girl, called Sophia, in October 2020 - was a great end to a rather challenging year. Throughout 2021, Christopher Peters went from strength to strength and undertook some pretty impressive, large-scale renovations. With Will at the helm, Christopher Peters is now one of the most well-known and respected bespoke furniture providers in the area – and running the company brings the Old Princethorpian a great sense of pride and accomplishment.
Will told us, “I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else. Running Christopher Peters combines the practical, former-plumber side of me with my passion for creativity. If you’d have asked me what I would be doing almost 20 years after leaving school, I’m sure it would have been something close to what I’m doing now. I’ve always had a can-do attitude, which is why Christopher Peters is as successful as it is. I love running my family-owned local business, and it’s something I’ll be proud to do for the next however many years.”
You can find out more about Christopher Peters here:
Showroom address: 9 Denby Buildings, Regent Grove, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NY
Contact no: 01926 832511