Oliver is a big-hearted social entrepreneur with a vision to change how we view waste by empowering local communities to creatively transform waste into beautiful objects. Born and raised in West London, he feels very close to the area and local community and is truly passionate about sustainable design and reuse. After spending 5 years running his own social enterprise consultancy between China and the UK working on projects like helping set up London Reuse Network, the idea of Goldfinger Factory was born. Oliver has been invited to speak at Seismic, a European Union social enterprise platform in Brussels, and at 100% Design, the UK’s largest design show. Oliver also sits on the board of a local charity Farm The City.
Marie Cudennec Co-Founder & COO
Marie is a multi-passionate leader who left a career in the corporate world to run the marketing, operations and finance side of things at Goldfinger Factory, having been involved with the business since before its inception. As a yogi and passionate health food chef & writer, her passion for sustainability and giving back is a real driving motivation. As a true third culture child of French and Chinese origin who has grown up on many continents, she brings with her a world class experience in digital marketing, international retail and luxury branding having worked for LivingSocial, LVMH and Estée Lauder.
Les Banks CEO
Born 29th June 1962 in West London . I can remember walking past Trellik tower when it was being completed as I was on my way to the Notting Hill Carnival
Left school with 8 O levels and worked as an assistant professional Golfer teaching and playing golf. Diagnosed with cancer at 19 and again at 21. Got married Changed career to the DIY industry working as a locksmith and then running Hardware, Cookware and Decorating stores. Spent time as security consultant designing and installing CCTV , Intruder alarm and fire systems for multinational companies. Buying and Training Director for a chain of DIY and cookware stores based in London for 12 years. Created “Stanley shop” concept store. Trustee and Vice president of National Institute of Hardware, a charity dealing with training and education within the DIY industry.
Left to set up new company called Toolbar Ltd selling Hand and power Tools in outlet centres in Hatfield and Chatham. Suffered massive heart attack in 2005 and had double bypass surgery 2006, forced to close Toolbar Ltd Ambassador for Cancer Research UK Member of SURECAN Patient Involvement Group a research project looking into long-term effects of cancer treatment based at Queen Mary University of London.
Joined Nu-Line in 2007 as operations manager looking after HR , Facilities management, Health &amp; Safety, marketing , advertising, leases and legal matters etc. Set up Nu-Line Community Outreach Project.
Catherine Stolarski Creative & Design Strategist
Kieran Walton Production Manager
Tess Lowery Events & Community Manager
Dermot Power Head of Carpentry
Leone Spencer Head of Painting & Finishing
Leone has an art & design foundation and went into Camberwell London institute done a joint honours degree in ceramics & sculpture as a mature student.
Leone set up a company wit partner carpenter as boutique construction company. She spent 2 years doing a decorate B-Tech 123 of decorative paint effects – at the same as working for Bascombe & Drew, doing all the furniture painting, decorative paint effects and top end painting & decorating – for private and commercial projects.
She found GF in 2014 as she was looking for a working space to start creating and making – and also had a passion for social enterprising and a passion for teaching younger generation and passing on the skills acquired. She designed her own successful Decorative Paint Effects course. As Head of painting & finishing and responsible for trainees. Leone’s is always looking for a challenge, developing her skills.
Mark Trotter Head of Metalwork
Mark has a love for any hand made object and a passion for investigating making processes. From this he strives to further his ability in mechanical problem solving and share this learning experience with others. During his time at Central Saint Martins Mark investigated the relationship between manufacturing and fine art, this investigation leading to him making his own traditional tools. After university mark returned to his native Southampton to continue his training in steel fabrication, returning to London to work with a variety of fabricators, engineers and machinists. With his ability, Mark strives to teach others his skills and produce high quality items that will stand the test of time.
Carla Costa Resident Artisan & Marcomms Consultant
Carla Costa is an experienced business and marcomms professional with an active interest in social entrepreneurship, circular economy, heritage and artisanship. In 2013 Carla decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a less conventional path and start her own business – aCADEIREIRA – combining purpose, creativity and entrepreneurship. She splits her time between mentoring and consulting with individuals, start-ups and small businesses – and fine upholstery, an art she retrained in her spare time for 3 years to compliment her creative skills and follow, in her own way, her grandfather’s steps as a master tailor.
Paul Donnelly Resident Artisan
Paul brings a wealth of over 30 years of experience in the building industry in his capacity as Workshop Manager. Originally hailing from New Zealand where, after completing a 6 year apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, set out on his travels eventually arriving in the UK. He has worked for himself during the intervening years apart from being Carpentry Manager for the new Wembley Stadium in 2007 and later, Maintenance Manager for student accommodation at a major London University. Paul has a passion for passing on the skills he has acquired and a desire to improve the concept of recycling and sustainability within the construction industry. His strong sense of health and safety and his patient and calm approach to teaching makes him ideal for running our Bespoke Carpentry Courses.
Sumayyah Davis Event & Marketing Apprentice
Ben Wadhams Resident Artisan
Having overseen large building projects as a foreman for over 10 years Ben has now swapped large projects for smaller more intricate works. With a passion for wood and joinery, Ben has ventured out on his own as ‘fellow designs’ making solid wood furniture and bespoke cabinetry. Taking inspiration from natural patterns and textures Ben designs and makes unique pieces of furniture with different textural elements. Alongside ‘fellow designs’ Ben enjoys the challenge of seeing what can be achieved with discarded items, turning something that is no longer wanted into something desirable and useful.
Rasha El-Sady Resident Artisan
Furniture Surface Design / Distressed finishes / Colour Artist / Maker Rasha (of R.E-S Designs) graduated in Visual Communication Design and soon after began applying her hands on approach to design to new mediums. After an apprenticeship, she began on her own venture, working on walls, furniture, floors, installations and many other surfaces, projecting her visions of colour and texture manipulation. Mixing contemporary with traditional stylings, Rasha's expert eye and artistry is always bringing bold and exiting visual statements to all she touches.