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About Us

The Regency Chess Company was formed in 2008 by Julian Deverell and is based in Frome, United Kingdom. Julian decided to set up a specialist chess retailer that supplies only the finest products and present them on the internet in a form that customers can easily understand and compare. By combining skills in design, photography and product sourcing the Regency Chess company has created a clear and concise online shopping experience that allows the customer to choose a quality chess product online with ease and confidence.

Julian spent much of 2007 traveling to Europe and Asia to seek out and establish relations with high quality chess manufacturers. By visiting each chess workshop in person, he has ensured that only high quality, well made products are sold on the Regency Chess web site. In this way, each supplier is vetted to ensure that they are operating in a clean, honest and fair way without exploitation of their craftspeople.

The strong aesthetic sense we possess is reflected in both the web site design and the selection of products. The company has chosen each chess set for its beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Mission statement

  • To provide a wide range of stunning, high quality chess products at a reasonable price that reflects the materials and craftsmanship used to make them.
  • To present all of our products in a clear concise way to make it easy for you to compare, select and decide on the product you want.
  • To offer excellent standards of customer service, delivery and follow up to all of our customers irrespective of the size or price of their purchase.
  • To ensure that our high standards of ethics and fairness are always met when dealing with both our customers and suppliers.

Julian Deverell - Owner

Julian set up The Regency Chess Company back in 2008 from a bedroom in his parents' house. He had already been trading traditional games online but decided that a dedicated chess specialist was the way forward. A fateful meeting in London with Rishi Sharma, a producer of extremely fine chessmen, inspired Julian to set up the Regency Chess branding, website and product range. Julian still remains passionate about the business, his team and the products we sell. He lives in Bath with his lovely wife Hannah and their little family of naughty four legged creatures. He enjoys yoga, guitar playing, going to rock gigs and was formerly a fully licensed skydiver with over 500 jumps to his name.

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Paula Hillier - eCommerce Retail Manager and Customer Services

Paula has been working at the Regency chess company since the summer of 2015 and ensures that our customers are receiving the best advice, service and communication. She is also responsible for managing the supply side and is in daily contact with our global network of suppliers. Paula has a wealth of experience in the ecommerce industry and has an extensive set of skills including excellent communication. She's on hand to Monday - Friday to deal with any pre sales enquires, offer advice on our range of products or sort out a problem should it arise.

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Chris Barnard - Digital Marketing Technician

Chris started with The Regency Chess Company in late 2017 as our in house digital marketing technician. Chris has had formal degree level training in Adobe Photoshop as well as a host of other creative software. He's responsible for managing product photography, editing images, listing new products online across various platforms and running our social media campaigns. Chris has brought a wealth of creative experience to the company and having him here means we can bring new products to the market place very quickly. It's extremely important for us a company to be able to present our products in the best, most informative way and make the listing compatible with all modern forms of social media and browsing technology. Chris is helping us to take the company to the next level of online selling.

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John Hinde - Warehouse Manager

John has been with The Regency Chess Company since 2014 and is an essential part of the team. He's an early riser so from 7.30 am you'll find him in the warehouse picking and packing your orders and getting them ready to send out to you that same afternoon. John is also responsible for receiving stock, managing the warehouse, re packaging some of our own branded products and ensuring good quality control. John lives very close to our warehouse and may travel to work by bike, car or on foot depending on the weather. He's a very keen football fan and has had a wide variety of work experience in the past dating back as far as the 1980s. Julian met john in 2007 when he was driving for Fed Ex couriers. John would collect the parcels daily from Julian's parents house (where the business began). This first hand experience means John knows the inner workings of the courier companies and how your order needs to be packed to ensure its safe arrival. On a Saturday morning you can tune in and listen to John on the Frome FM breakfast show where he hosts chat, events, music and more.

Jonathan Prestidge - eCommerce Data and Customer Manager

Jonathan has been working part time on a freelance basis for The Regency Chess Company since early 2017. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge. He's formally educated and a qualified teacher as well as being a classically trained pianist. He was working in the .com industry in the early 2000s when the internet was just getting started. He then worked in the education sector for a while before becoming a master barista and setting up his own speciality coffee shop. He has since become an authority on the subject of coffee, having been personally trained by the UK's number one barista champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. He now writes a regular column in online speciality coffee magazine and makes superb coffees for his workmates at Regency Chess.

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