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 CEO & Co-Founder
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.
Alex Cunningham Head of Carpentry & Design
With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol, Alex loves to get his hands on big and wonderful build projects and is inspired by initiatives that champion sustainability, reuse and social impact. From developing treehouses in Brazil, volunteering on a ferro-cement boat in Spain, building with recycled materials at a Texan social enterprise or working on experimental structures with the Architectural Association, Alex injects his passion and experience to push the limits of the design. After working at a top engineering consultancy in London, Alex turned his hand to carpentry, developing a lighting and furniture range that promotes both traditional and contemporary manufacturing techniques. His love of natural materials comes through in his designs, working with his hands is what makes him happy...and he makes a killer sourdough!
Mark Trotter Head of Metalwork and Design
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.
Jason Rowe Carpentry & Metalwork Trainee
Sponsored by Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Jason, a resident of Trellick Tower, has joined us as a trainee and has a passion for woodwork and carpentry. Jason is very eager to build his portfolio in hopes to further his career plans as a prop maker or set builder.
Teddy Puppy Mascot
Teddy joined Goldfinger Factory in 2015 and has quickly become the mascot of Goldfinger Factory.
Rasha El-Sady Head of Training
Rasha El-Sady (R-E-S) is a professional Visual Communicator, Designer and Artist who specialises in painting and distressing.
Rasha is our in house trainer and lead on corporate and community workshops.
From vintage and antique furniture to floors, walls and ceilings, through colour and mark making, Rasha adds her individual touch to every endeavor. 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 original broken, lifeless state of an individual item or space, through its multiple stages of work, to a clear vision of the final result.
Charlotte Johns HR Adviser
Charlotte is a dual qualified solicitor and Barrister with over 15 years, experience as a Human Resources and employment law specialist. Charlotte worked for top Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, before setting up Kingfisher HR, specifically to support SME clients who do not have their own in house HR team.
Paul Nichols CNC Machinist & Volunteer
Paul is trained in digital CAD and has recently finished a course in digital fabrication by MIT, but also has an interest in more traditional fabrication techniques. While at Goldfinger he has worked on many projects from furniture restoration to shop and restaurant fit outs along the way becoming proficient in many of the workshop tools and finishing techniques. He has also had the opportunity to learn and work in the future factory learning how to use the CNC and making use of his digital fabrication skills. Paul has used the skills he has learnt to help renovate his kitchen, making the kitchen doors and kitchen island when the workshop is available on the weekends.
Leo de Jesus Volunteer
Goldfinger has given me the opportunity and support to experiment with new things, at a time in my life when I decided a change in my career was needed. Carpentry was something I had always wanted to do. Being able to engage with nice, genuine people, and to be part of a team that appreciate and value your time and contribution is for me, priceless. This is something I will continue to treasure. I hope to carry on and develop more with the amazing opportunity Goldfinger has provided.