Our History

James and Giles was founded in 2006 by Giles Sutton, a Sound Technology graduate of Paul McCartney’s prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Giles began by designing and installing recording studios and live sound facilities. This experience gave him a strong grounding in larger complex projects which required plenty of innovative thinking.

Two years later, we joined up with industry association CEDIA and our first major project – an apartment in Clerkenwell – received a number of prestigious awards, including ‘Best Integrated Home’. Several international projects followed, including a large royal family residence in Madrid, which at the time of installation, was the largest Control4 installation in Europe.

We also began to grow our commercial portfolio in 2010 with our first boutique hotel installation as well as the headquarters of a global market reserach company. A couple of years later we moved into a dedicated studio and demonstration facility in the design hub of Clerkenwell, London. Our demo room is now open to both clients and architects offering an opportunity to view, interact and play with the technology on offer.

We continue to win awards for our design and installations, including ‘Best Whole Home Installation Over £60k’ at the 2012 European Control4 Awards and the ‘Most Innovative Use of Control4’ the following year. We are the first company outside of the US to win a prestigious Electronic House award. The CEDIA Awards also awarded us in their ‘Best Integrated Home under £100k’ in 2014 for our energy-efficient BREEAM Home project

Giles now also sits as an industry leader as Chairman of the CEDIA Board of Directors representing the industry internationally. He regularly presents at events and trains architects and other industry professionals in the growing field of smart home technology.

Who We Are

Giles Sutton

Giles Sutton

Managing Director

Giles completed his degree in Sound Technology at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) where he won awards for his work, including the Sennheiser Student Achievement Award. After graduating he spent several years designing recording studios and theatre systems before moving into the smart home industry as a System Designer. Giles is also Chairman of our industry association CEDIA.

Gareth Grinvalds

Gareth Grinvalds

Head of Projects

Gareth has worked in both sales and project management in the high-end audio visual industry for over 9 years. His background is in professional audio, having completed a degree in Sound Technology at the University of South Wales. He oversees all of our projects from sales through to delivery and liaises with both client, design and construction teams. He has formal accreditations from Crestron, Sonos and Lutron. 

Hugo Cundell

Hugo Cundell

Project Manager

Hugo brings a wealth of experience and insight to James and Giles, spending over 14 years providing electronic systems to some of the finest homes and motor yachts in the world. He holds formal accreditations from Arcam, Bowers and Wilkins, Crestron, Control 4, Savant, Extron, Kaleidescape, Lutron, and Rako.

Vlad Ionel

Vlad Ionel

Technical Manager

Vlad manages the delivery of our projects and provides direction and technical expertise towards the design and implementation of our systems. Vlad is passionate about electronics and IT, with over six years experience working in the high-end smart home industry including training in Savant, Control4, Lutron and Bang & OIufsen.

Charlie Harrington

Charlie Harrington

Installation Engineer

Charlie has worked in the custom installation industry for over 15 years and is a certified Control4, Lutron Homeworks, Wyrestorm and RTI installer. He is a highly skilled engineer who particular enjoys hands-on work including rack building and terminating.

Daniel Botezatu

Daniel Botezatu

Junior Engineer

Daniel is new to the industry and is in the process of obtaining the skills required to become an Installation Engineer. He is competent at rack and patch panel installations and is in the process of developing his IT networking and programming skills. 

Pauline Terry

Pauline Terry

Finance Manager

Pauline is a qualified accountant and tax practitioner with many years experience assisting clients whilst working in accountancy practices. She oversees our general accounting, and is also responsible for managing our company budgets.

Tom O’Sullivan

Tom O’Sullivan

Project Coordinator

Tom worked within the hi-fi industry for six years before joining James and Giles as Project Coordinator where he works closely with our internal team and suppliers. He has a strong interest in emerging technologies, and keen eyes and ears for assessing the best possible equipment for our projects.

Heidi Blackburn

Heidi Blackburn

Administration and Personal Assistant

Heidi looks after all of our administration and bookkeeping as well as issuing payment invoices to our clients. She manages our day-to-day accounting and is also an assistant to our Managing Director, Giles Sutton.

The Team

Our team share the same excitement and passion for technology, and everyone is dedicated to delivering the highest quality systems and service for our clients. Working in such a fast moving field means the team are constantly developing their knowledge and skills through training – particularly in the field of emerging technologies.

Awards

  • 2008 Crestron Integration Awards

    ‘Best Integrated Home’- Highly Commended

  • 2008 CEDIA EMEA Awards

    ‘Best Integrated Home Under £100k’ Highly Commended

  • 2012 Control4 Awards

    ‘Whole Home Installation Over £60k’ Winner

  • 2014 Control4 Awards

    ‘Most Innovative Control4 Project’ Winner

  • 2014 CEDIA EMEA Awards

    ‘Best Energy Management Solution’ Finalist

  • 2014 CEDIA EMEA Awards

    ‘Best Integrated Home Under £100k’ Winner

  • 2015 Electronic House Home Of The Year Awards

    Best Multipurpose Room – GOLD Winner

Testimonials

Since we began in 2006, we have had the privilege of working on some incredible projects in both the private and commercial sectors. Here are just a few words of reflection from our clients.