The Beautiful Splint Company is a 'Community Interest Company'.


A community interest company is a business with primary social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. CICs tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, it is believed that CICs have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.

It's been a time of great change at the Company, Nik Stanbury and Naomi Holman stepped down as directors having sold the company to the new director, Leesa Rayton in 2016.

​Naomi left the Company to concentrate on her new family and PhD. Without her enormous input and hard work, the Beautiful Splint Company would never have got off the ground.

Nik was responsible for the concept and development of the Company. Whilst he has stepped down as director, he will continue his involvement with the Company on a consultancy basis. He will be the primary splint maker for the foreseeable future. He will also train and support other splint makers.

The Beautiful Splint Company will continue to be supported by and operate from York School of Jewellery.

Staff Members

Leesa Rayton BEng (Hons) MBA CMgr MCMI MIET


Leesa gained an honours degree in Mineral Engineering from the University of Leeds in 1994, then a Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester in 2000. She was awarded Chartered Manager status in 2006. In terms of professional affiliations, Leesa is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Association of MBAs.  Leesa has also been a student at the York School of Jewellery for the last ten years.


After seven years working in Research and Development within the Department of Health, she moved into NHS research in 2003 as a Senior Programme Manager with responsibility for the management of a number of national clinical academic research training schemes. She studied Contract and Tort Law during 2018/19, having left the NHS in September 2018.

Karen J Ward


Karen designs and makes jewellery for her own bespoke design business.  She also has a background in banking and customer services, and joined the company in 2018 as a Director and splint maker.



Consultant: Nik Stanbury BA (Hons) PhD

Nik is a well accomplished Silversmith with vast experience and knowledge of working with splints of all kinds. He will be the primary splint maker for the foreseeable future, whilst also training and supporting other splint makers.

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