A cabinet maker from Dorset has been recognised as one of the most talented young people in the industry in a prestigious national competition.  

Thomas Cornick, 27, from Sturminster Newton, has been listed as one of the 60 most talented young people in the furniture and furnishings sector by The Furniture Makers’ Company - the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry.

Launched this summer, The Furniture Makers’ Company ‘60 for 60’ campaign recognises 60 promising people, under 35 years of age working in the furniture and furnishings sector.

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The awards showcase a diverse range of career opportunities within the field from product designers, cabinetmakers and technical developers to logistics professionals, commercial managers and operations directors.

Thomas said: “After being told I had been nominated for the chance to receive an award, I didn’t for one minute think it would actually happen. So, upon finding out that I was a 60 for 60 winner, I was surprised and speechless.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have my work recognised and it’s all down to the amazing company I work for, giving me the chance to continue learning and being creative.”

After completing his A-Levels, Thomas began working for Simon Thomas Pirie Ltd, a small, luxury kitchens, furniture and interiors design and manufacturing company with workshops in Briantspuddle.

He is now a senior cabinet maker and has taken a new apprentice under his wing.

Bridget Pirie, director at Simon Thomas Pirie Ltd and teacher at Thomas’ high school, added: “I have known Tom since he was 11 years old, first as his teacher and now as his employer, and throughout that time he has impressed with his attitude and commitment.

“From the moment Tom started his employment with us as an apprentice he has actively sought out opportunities to challenge himself and develop his own practice and has never expected to be treated differently on account of the fact he is deaf.

“He has been a true asset to the company. We are pleased to have been given the chance to publicly acknowledge his achievements and delighted that the distinguished judges also recognise his potential.”