Our Story

Nigel Wickens’ experience in the shutter and blinds industry spans 30 years, beginning in 1991 with his local Northern Beaches company, Gotcha Covered Shutters and Blinds. Gotcha quickly grew from its humble beginnings in Nigel’s Cromer granny flat, to a thriving small business servicing some of the most iconic homes on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

To meet growing demand, Nigel hired local tradesman and world paddleboard champion Brad Gaul. The boys’ customer service, honesty and talent quickly saw Gotcha develop into one of Sydney’s leading window furnishing retailers, synonymous with quality and talented workmanship. Under Nigel’s mentor-ship, Brad created his own local prestige shutter business, Signature Shutters and Blinds. The skills and commercial acumen he acquired at Gotcha business achieve tremendous success and the two businesses enjoyed friendly competition – so friendly they continued to share their annual staff Christmas parties.

By 2014, Nigel and Brad could no longer ignore the obvious synergies of a combined business, and they reunited as Signature Shutters and Blinds. Now based in Cromer with the support of their team of dedicated office staff and installers, Nigel and Brad are pursuing their vision to become Sydney’s premier window furnishing provider – a partnership of quality, integrity and premium service.

Our Team

At Signature Shutters and Blinds we pride ourselves in offering quality products and exceptional service, at an affordable price. We only supply products of the highest quality, so you can have the peace of mind that you will be enjoying your shutters or blinds for many years to come.

Light enters our homes in a variety of ways and knowing the right product to address this is vital part of a good interior design. Colours can define internal rooms and  make powerful statements to the exterior of you home. Different fabrics react differently with light. Well designed and thoughtful solutions can add value and aesthetic appeal, however poorly planned executions can result in the opposite. Our team of experienced Shade Consultants will guide you through the design process to ensure you get the best possible solution for your home.

Nigel Wickens

Managing Director

Nigel is an experienced and qualified cabinetmaker and has taken these skills and honed them for the shutter industry. Nigel has been fitting shutters for 30 years and has developed a unique range of fitting skills, knowledge and experience unmatched within this industry.

Known as the original “Shutter Guy” on the Northern Beaches, Nigel is highly respected as a leader in the industry, with many suppliers looking to him for advice and guidance on products and new developments. While being committed to his business he has found the time to raise a beautiful family and supports many sporting programs within the community.

Brad Gaul


Brad is an experienced and qualified carpenter, utilising his knowledge to solve tricky installation situations both internally and externally. Brad has been working in the industry for over 20 years and is highly regarded in the shutter and blind industry for his problem-solving ability and exceptional craftsmanship.

Along with being a successful businessman, Brad is equally dedicated to the sport of paddle boarding, achieving 2 x world Molokai titles and a world first paddling crossing the Bass Strait. This dedication is reflected in his strong work ethic.

Cathy Muir

Office and Accounts Manager

Cathy has been working with blinds and shutters for the past 15 years and is highly regarded with in the industry. Her background in customer service and administration makes her the perfect fit for our office team. Here at Signature, Cathy looks after all admin and accounts and will be one of the voices at the other end of the phone attending to your enquiry.

Outside work Cathy has been a volunteer with the Rural Fire Service for over 12 years. She also enjoys bush walking and going to the beach.

Simon Pratley

Sales Manager

Simon has been in the industry for the past 15 years. His specialist product knowledge, experience in the industry and friendly manner are an asset to the business.

Outside work Simon loves playing guitar, going bush walking and taking landscape photography with his photos having been shown in exhibitions in Australia and overseas.

Chris Rabbitts

Installation Professional

Chris was part of the Gotcha Covered team and is a qualified cabinetmaker who has a great eye for detail. He has been fitting for us for the past 15 years and with his cabinetmaking background, shows an ability that far exceeds the time. Chris is a local Northern Beaches personality who is always energetic and keen to go above and beyond.

John Eastburn

Installation Professional

John has been an installer of blinds and shutters for the past 12 years which has worked seamlessly with his background in carpentry and joinery. John’s experience and product knowledge make him a perfect match for our team.

Aside from work John’s hobbies include sports such as surfing and tennis.