Meet the people making it happen…
CEO & Co-Founder
Marie is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with a marketing and operations background in the corporate world. She left a career in the luxury goods industry to pursue a path with more purpose. In 2013, Marie co-founded Goldfinger Factory. As a social enterprise, the organisation targets several areas of impact, using design-led solutions to reuse materials, whilst providing training and employment to young people. In her spare time, Marie can be found on her yoga mat or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Head of Design and Operations
Alex has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol, and loves to get his hands on big projects. He is inspired by initiatives that champion sustainability, reuse, and social impact. Alex's passion for design has sent him all around the world; developing treehouses in Brazil, volunteering on a ferro-cement boat in Spain, building with recycled materials at a Texan social enterprise and working on experimental structures with the Architectural Association. After working at a top engineering consultancy in London, Alex turned his hand to carpentry, developing a lighting and furniture range that embraces both traditional and contemporary techniques. His love of natural materials comes through in his designs, working with his hands is what makes him happy. Plus he makes a killer sourdough!
Head of Development
Naomi is passionate about circular economy & this neighbourhood, making her a longtime fan of Goldfinger Factory’s inspiring ability to combine sustainable commercial creativity with a community focus. With a few property developments in her back pocket & a keen interest in furniture restoration, she feels spiritually at home at the Goldfinger HQ!
Naomi is a law grad who started out in corporate finance and came to us via adventures in the film world. She also used to live in Paris and allegedly speaks French. She recently steered the development of a local charity, which further fuelled her energies toward social impact work. As a trained yoga instructor she volunteers her skills teaching children with autism; and also loves wild swimming, once crossing the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia!
Jason is a trainee in our workshop, and found us through his passion for woodwork and carpentry. His placement is sponsored by Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. Jason is developing his portfolio in the hope of one day becoming a prop-maker or set-builder. Jason is a resident of the beloved Trellick Tower above Goldfinger Factory.
Emily is an anthropology graduate from South East London, with a passion for writing, making, and exploring on foot. Her values around skilled craftsmanship, beauty, industry and nature are fairly well reflected in the philosophies of one of her heroes, William Morris. Having worked within, and helped build, several challenger brands, Emily has contributed her communicative skills, logistical thinking, and passion towards environmental causes and social impacts that she deeply believes in.
In-House Designer & Maker
Daniele began his career early, building skate ramps for himself and his friends, because there weren't any in his home town. He later graduated in industrial design in Rome. Daniele co-created a design collective in 2010, focused on bespoke furniture design, making, and teaching workshops, with a special focus on upcycling and DIY. He has a deep appreciation for traditional techniques in woodworking.
Chief Welcoming Officer
Teddy joined Goldfinger Factory upon graduating from puppy training classes and has been an energetic and indispensable member of the team ever since. He has a deep appreciation for previously discarded objects and is often found keeping Emily’s feet warm while he naps under her chair in the Goldfinger Shop...
Tom is an aspiring designer interning at Goldfinger Factory alongside studying for an MA in Product and Furniture Design. He has a keen interest in the design and manufacture of contemporary furniture, and whilst here at Goldfinger he is brushing up on his carpentry skills and putting his design knowledge to good use with an aim of producing pieces of his own.
The reduction of waste and overall impact on the environment is something that resonates with Tom as a designer and human being!
Head of Training
Rasha El-Sady is a professional visual communicator, designer and artist who specialises in painting and distressing. Rasha has been with Goldfinger Factory through the years, and currently leads on corporate and community workshops. Accommodating customers with a wide variety of challenging briefs, Rasha has employed and developed multiple techniques while customising a diverse array of furniture. What inspires and excites Rasha the most is seeing beyond the broken, lifeless state of an item or space, through its multiple stages of work, to achieve her creative vision.