Katy Olsen


I’ve come a long way since I started at Howdens as a graduate. I learnt the ropes in the technical and appliance teams and I’ve trained as a junior buyer.

Since making the jump to buyer, it’s my job to source an outstanding product range – one that looks great and conforms to the highest technical specifications. Recently I’ve played a big part in transforming our basic storage units, and I’ve helped to create products with pre-fitted options. Those are a big hit with our builders because pre-fitting saves them time and money. I’ve always got lots of projects on the go, so I’ve learnt fast how to think on my feet, solving problems as they crop up. It’s a demanding role, but I love it.