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 Partnerships
Leslie is an entrepreneur with a focus on design, production, and project management. After graduating from the University of Virginia Architecture School, she worked in New York City and Hong Kong. In 1991, she founded a fashion accessories design and production company. Leslie has also worked for Intelligence Squared, organising events on topics including Franco-British culture, climate change and the spirit of the mountains and mountaineering. She has been a life-long supporter of Human Rights and social and environmental justice through organisations such as the Fund for Global Human Rights, Global Greengrants Fund and Trust Conferences. She has travelled with Operation Smile and Habitat for Humanity. Leslie has lived in West London since 1999 where she is involved in local charities such as the RPT, Steps2Recovery, and the Gate Theatre. She loves building and making things with her hands, being outdoors and climbing mountains with her family.
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’s community-focused management balances environmental sustainability, commercial growth and social impact.
She holds an honours degree in Law and Languages, who began her career in corporate finance and came to us via adventures in the film world. With a couple of property developments and a furniture restoration qualification in her back pocket, she is a longtime fan of Goldfinger Factory’s inspiring mission of putting circular economy principles into action.
Naomi is a qualified yoga instructor, and volunteers her skills teaching children with autism. She enjoys wild swimming, and once swam across 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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Rosey is Goldfinger Factory's Chief Financial Officer. She worked for BP as Finance Manager for their Global Business Services organisation, from its inception in 2008 right through to a multi-centre, global organisation with over 6,000 people. In 2016 Rosey retired, and now supports Goldfinger Factory in an informal pro-bono CFO role. She has an honours degree in Maths and Chemistry, and a PhD in Polymer Science. She is also a keen skier, sailor, and sax player!
Industrial Design Intern
Maxime joined Goldfinger Factory from France, where he is in his 5th year of studies at the Nantes Atlantique School of Design (EDNA), as an industrial designer. After an internship in Montreal with a cabinetmaker, he discovered his passion for working with combined materials to create unique pieces. He chose Goldfinger Factory for his industrial placement, with a determination to create environmentally friendly design. As a lifelong animal-lover, his goal at Goldfinger Factory is to become Teddy's best friend.
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...
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Anna is Goldfinger Factory's resident polymath, having graduated in French and English Literature and worked in the creative industries for several years. She also runs her own small-scale furniture business. She enjoys perfecting her camera skills, whipping up adventurous recipes, and going to music festivals. She's passionate about interior design and being involved in social enterprise.