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 Director of Compliance and Legal
Born, bred and married in West London, Les is our new CEO, replacing Oli in this important role. With a background in building and retailing and having worked as a DIY and builders’ merchant for 30 years before joining us, Les is no stranger to the world of woodworking. And he’s no stranger to the area either! Since he was a young boy, Les has seen how the urban landscape has evolved and was even witness to the first bricks of the mighty Trellick Tower being laid when he walked to the carnival with his grandad. When he reached adulthood, young Les went to work on the Harrow road at an ironmonger’s for two years. He has some stories to tell about the borough…
Catherine Stolarski Creative & Design Strategist
Catherine is a Product & Industrial Designer, striving to break up the monotony of industrial objects. She worked for different design agencies as Alain Berteau Designworks (Brussels, Belgium), Avant Première (Lyon, France), Samuel Wilkinson Studio (London, United Kingdom). Her design stands as strong ideas, embodied through a solid knowledge of manufacturing techniques and new materials.
She uses her design strategy skills to build a strong and coherent identity and communication for Goldfinger Factory as well as bouncing inventive design solutions off the team, coming up with innovations and making designs for the shop floor.
Dermot Power Head of Carpentry
Dermot spent most of his adult life working with tools, always learning a lot from everything opportunity. He has two undeniable passions: one is his love for wood “it’s a beautiful thing to work with wood” – he says. And the other big passion is his love for sharing and passing on what he has learned in a positive creative space. So, on working with Goldfinger Factory he says “who could ask for more?”.
Leone Spencer Head of Finishing and Decorating
With an art & design foundation, Leone went into Camberwell London institute where she graduated with honours in ceramics & sculpture.
She set up a construction company with her partner carpenter Dermot doing up houses, colour consultation, interior design and floors finishing specialisation for the last 18 years for clients like Royal Court, the People’s Theatre, Adidas, Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Film Festival.
Driven by her passion for social enterprising and for teaching younger generation and passing on the skills acquired, she took a space at Goldfinger Factory as a Resident Artisan. Here, she designed her own successful Decorative Paint Effects course and is also responsible for trainees. Leone’s is always looking for a challenge, developing her skills and always looking for new ideas.
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.
Jason Carpentry 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.
Jake Carpentry Trainee Sponsored by South Kensington Estates
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 textual 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 (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.
Carla Costa Resident Artisan
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 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.
Matthew RICE Resident Artisan
Matthew likes to combine beauty with functionality. Working with metal is his passion. He enjoys every step of the process; from initial sketching, through handcrafting, to fully realising an object.
He has always been fascinated by art and design and after an Art Foundation, he studied 3D Contemporary Craft. Whilst at University, he developed his love of working with metal which lead to him specialising in silversmithing.
As a resident artisan at Goldfinger, he can now continue to create elegant, empirical pieces.
Julian Leedham Resident Artisan
With an appreciation for art and a BA in Furniture and Product Design Julian strives to create pieces that balance function and form, the practical with the aesthetic.
As a Designer/Maker the first thing he asks himself is why? Why make a certain piece? What material to use? What process or technique will work best? Julian enjoys challenging himself or the material, as he believes that good design stems from understanding the choices being made during the making process and what is trying to be accomplished.
Teddy Mascot & Uplifter
Teddy joined Goldfinger Factory as a birthday gift for Oli's 30th birthday and has quickly become the mascot of Goldfinger Factory.