Marie is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with a marketing and operations background, who left a career in the luxury goods industry to pursue a path with more purpose, having previously worked for LVMH, Richemont and Estée Lauder. In 2013, Marie co-founded Goldfinger Factory, a social enterprise which designs and fabricates furniture from reclaimed materials sourced from retail, hospitality and construction businesses and provides a platform for young creatives to become self-sustaining through craft. Goldfinger Factory aims to fill a gap in the market for a design-led solution to reusing materials whilst providing training and employment to young people. Having incubated 20 individuals to successfully start their own creative businesses and diverted over 400 tonnes of material from landfill to date, Goldfinger Factory has gained huge momentum with clients like John Lewis, Tom Dixon, GAIL's Artisan Bakery, Leon and Hermès as key partners in their growth strategy. Marie is now fully in charge of taking Goldfinger Factory in its next phase of growth. In her spare time, Marie can be found on her yoga mat or cooking up a storm in her kitchen.
Alex Cunningham Head of Design and Operations
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!
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.
Emily Passingham Office Manager
With a 10 year background in luxury products and experience in retail, wholesale and buying, Emily is a passionate part of the Goldfinger team. Having always enjoyed working with independent designers, she's proud to be a part of a creative company and an active part of the community.
Emily is usually found in the Goldfinger showroom or on Golborne Road Market looking for a bargain!
Kristina Rochelle Marketing Assistant
Sponsored by Catalyst Housing Association, Kristina is our Admin and Marketing Trainee. With a passion for all things design, she undertakes many creative aspects of the business including creating content for social media, graphic design and photography of the Goldfinger products and commercial fit-outs as well as helping with and learning administrative duties. Kristina is keen to develop her skills in these fields and Goldfinger Factory has provided the perfect learning platform to help her pursue her future career.
She likes to spend sunny weekends in Brighton with her dog Jojo, who is also a friend of Teddy the Goldfinger mascot!
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.
Mark Trotter Metal Fabricator
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.
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.
Oliver Waddington-Ball Founder
Oliver founded Goldfinger Factory in 2013. Born and raised in West London, he felt close to the area and local community. 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 is now Group Corporate Partnerships Manager at Big Issue Group.
Tim Church, Corporate Governance
Tim retired in December 2016 as president of MIO Partners, Inc. which manages investment programmes for McKinsey's current and former partners, as well as the firm's retirement plans.
Tim joined McKinsey in 1991, to start and head up the European investment activity for the firm, taking over the running of the global activity in 1997. Prior to that, he was a director of Advent Ltd, a UK based venture capital firm. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London and has an honours degree in Engineering Science from the University of Durham.
Karen Anderson, Social Investment & Legal Structures
Karen works with social entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses to change the world. She has worked with more than 1,000 organisations and teams since 2002. She is a Churchill Enterprise Fellow for 2018. An experienced professional consultant, Karen enjoys working with social enterprises, community organisations, development trusts, community transport organisations, housing associations, co-operatives and charities to develop sustainable organisations through innovative methods of growth, franchising/replication and buying profitable private businesses as well as investment readiness support. As a member of the faculty at Cambridge Judge Business School Centre for Social Innovation she supports social ventures through the Social Venture Weekend and their Social Venture Incubator. She also works directly with organisations and through a number of organisations like UnLtd, Inspiring Scotland, Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and Big Potential. Her projects utilise her experience gained in working in the private sector (starting in 1987) in a variety of roles including operations, project and account management, due diligence, sales, marketing and PR, technology development, logistics, retail, research. Karen has been working with Goldfinger Factory supporting our growth plans since 2015 through the UnLtd Big Venture Challenge and Big Potential.