Founder & Managing Director
In 1994 Quentin returned to the UK after spending four years in Japan, studying the Gendai and Koryu Budo arts at their origin. Soon after, Nine Circles was conceived with the aim of fulfilling the demand for high quality Budo equipment directly from Japan. A respected practitioner and teacher, Quentin has been involved in classical Budo for over 35 years and regularly visits the Far East to both further his practice and to source equipment capable of satisfying the high standards expected by our clients.
Involved as an advisor and accountant to Nine Circles since its inception, Wendy has now assumed a direct role in the business, managing financial and budgetary responsibilities and company policy. With her immense experience, accumulated over a long career working with corporate clients and SME’s, Wendy’s input is invaluable to the future growth of Nine Circles as we develop and diversify to best serve our customers present and future needs.
Joining the company in 2001, Martyn’s role has evolved naturally as Nine Circles has grown into the mature business seen today. With over 22 years of combined study of Koryu Japanese and Taoist internal martial arts, Martyn’s intimate knowledge of the Nine Circles range enables him to offer expert advice and guidance to beginners and experts alike. Client relationships and an outstanding customer experience are a top priority for us at Nine Circles and Martyn and his team are available as your first point of contact for any assistance required.
Embroidery & Translation
A talented linguist, originally from Tokyo, Saho joined us in 2014, to manage our embroidery and translation services, and has grown into her role with great success. A vital member of the team, Saho’s skill in translating proves essential in communication with our Japanese suppliers and is crucial in the embroidery process, where she can effectively supply and check translations for artwork to be stitched.
Warehousing & Distribution Manager
Responsible for all aspects of warehouse management and stock distribution, Neville joined the Nine Circles team in 2017. An avid Taiko drummer and Japanese culture enthusiast Neville handles everything from goods in, though stock taking, warehouse organisation and engraving production, to picking, checking and packing. Neville is an efficient and central facilitator in guaranteeing our fast delivery times and the availability of our comprehensive range.
Sales advisor, translator, office administrator and part time model, Nobu is an invaluable member of the Nine Circles family. Following his interest piqued through high school Kendo and his love of Japanese culture, Nobuyuki joined the team in 2015. Originally from Saitama prefecture, Nobu is a key figure in local Japanese social groups and has been heavily involved in culture festivals spreading his love of all things Japanese.
The latest addition to our sales team joining in 2017, Lee has a working background in the stationary industry but now stands ready to prove the sword is in fact, mightier than the pen. A keen martial artist, Lee's outstanding customer service skills have strengthened our sales and advisory service still further in our quest for excellence.