Who are we?
We’re sendean. We’ve been around since 1926. Impressive, huh? Our team is made up of camera technicians, front line staff and the odd tea-maker too! It’s a family business spanning three generations. And that’s the way we like it.
Demetrios and Patroulla
The company directors; parents and grandparents to most of the team. You won’t see them around much, but sometimes Demetrios will repair at Clerkenwell. If you ever want to chat about the changing face of the industry, he’s your guy.
Philip used to watch his dad repair cameras at the workshop since he was a toddler. He officially joined Sendean after he left university in 2003, where he studied Maths with Theoretical Physics. He is the senior technician focusing mainly on digital cameras. He also manages the stores, and makes sure everything runs like clockwork.
His favourite things are KTM motorbikes, his wife’s amazing cooking, and his home cinema.
His camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
David’s speciality is analogue cameras, and he joined the family (and Sendean) in 1987 when he married Philip’s sister. He’s been known to fix cameras that others just can’t. Restoring cameras back to their former glory is what he does best.
His favourite things are documentaries, restoring cars, and hot Thai curries.
His camera: Canon IV SB
Andrew repairs analogue and cine equipment. He also loves a bit of Polaroid. Andrew loves talking to customers about their cameras. He loves helping people choose vintage cameras to buy, and giving lessons on how to use them. So if you’re in the market for a new treasure, he’s your man. He’s Philip’s brother, and has been working at Sendean since 2002. Ni hao. He can also speak Chinese.
His favourite things are his electric car, his self built pizza oven, and Kung Pao chicken.
His camera: Olympus E-M5 II with Angenieux 25mm 0.95
Jonathan started at Sendean years ago and is now one of our main digital technicians. He is also a wiz with computers and has created several programs for the company. He’s self proclaimed “Assistant to the Regional Manager”.
His favourite things are skateboarding, Red Bull, and The Office US.
His camera: Canon EOS 760D with a 50mm 1.8 STM
Jack is one of our digital technicians. He’s been here for years now and he’s tried out almost every camera we sell. You’ll have to ask him which is his favourite. He’s Philip’s brother-in-law and also married to Jess, one of our front liners.
His favourite things are jam doughnuts, his Nintendo Switch, and anything Apple.
His camera: Canon EOS 550D with 10-22mm EFS
Asa is one of our newest analogue technicians but he’s a fast learner. He specialises in repairing Olympus cameras and is also a Cine apprentice. Don’t forget though this is a family business - he’s Jessie’s cousin too.
His favourite things are playing ice hockey, watching ice hockey, and talking about it at every opportunity.
His camera: Olympus OM10 with 50mm 1.8
Jake is our newest technician and Philip’s nephew. He works on both digital and analogue cameras. He specialises in Super 8 repairs. He also runs our social media accounts.
His favourite things are Papa John’s pizza, Instagram, and The Grand Tour.
His camera: Canon AV-1 with 50mm 1.4
Jess has been at Sendean since 2013. She works in our Clerkenwell store alongside her husband, Jack. She loves a spreadsheet and is in charge of our stock lists. If you’re speaking to her, make sure you listen carefully, she speaks super fast!
Her favourite things are shopping online, baking and peonies.
Her camera: Olympus OM-1N with 50mm 1.4
Susie is the sister of Philip and Andrew. She doesn’t spend much time in the stores as she sorts out the accounts and admin, but when she does, she loves speaking with customers about their camera. She’s been working at Sendean since 2004.
Her favourite things are surfing holidays, trying new foods, and she loves a sale.
Her camera: Pentax ME Super with 50mm f1.4
Alison is in charge of our Clerkenwell front of house, as well as office manager, stock manager, PR manager, and lots of other titles! She’s a real asset to the team. She loves helping people decide which camera to buy, so if you need any help, just pop in. Oh, and of course she’s family, married to another of Philip’s brother-in-laws.
Her favourite things are Finland, Candy Crush, and Friday night take-aways.
Her camera: Contax T2
Stev’o is our oldest staff member and he works at our Soho branch. He’s Philip’s father-in-law and can talk to anyone about anything. He’s the shop joker and normally has us all in stitches.
His favourite things are his new OLED tv, golf holidays in the sun, and a good single malt whiskey.
His camera: Panasonic LX5
Jill is based in our Soho store and she loves to help people out when she can. Jill is like the mum of the Sendean family, oh… and she’s Jacks mum too.
Her favourite things are cruises, family holidays, and helping people.
Her camera: Panasonic TZ40
Janice has been at Sendean for a few years now. She loves learning languages and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, which really comes in handy with tourists that have limited English. She also helps keep the gears turning at our Soho store.
Her favourite things are dance, jogging, and spicy food.
Her camera: Olympus Trip 35
Nelissa works at our Soho store although she’ll often be seen tidying up at our Clerkenwell branch too. We have Nelissa to thank for our shops always looking sparkling clean.
Her favourite things are poetry, walking, and quirky little London coffee shops.
Her camera: Olympus Trip 35
Tasha works at both of our stores, you’ll have to ask her which she prefers. If you need any advice about which camera to buy, ask Tasha, she always up for a chat.
Her favourite things are telling a story or two, all things green, and almond croissants.
Her camera: Yashica T4
Tegan is our newest front liner. She loves photography and is keen to try out different analogue cameras. She’s Jonathan’s cousin too. Tegan’s learnt a lot since she’s been with us - she can now make a decent cup of coffee.
Her favourite things are reading, shopping, and massive eyelashes… on her car.
Her camera: Canon AF35 ML