We’re registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – and we rely on the following humans.
These are the people who run the project, in alphabetical order.
Operations LeadFrances has previously worked in regeneration in the South Bank area for many years, before joining in January 2018. She has an MA in Victorian Studies, a BA in literature and recently completed a course in counselling studies. She moved to South London on a temporary basis almost 20 years ago and is still there.
Outreach Lead, Co-founderJanet is an American/British activist, anthropologist who has lived and worked in Brazil, East Timor, Portugal and Mozambique. She has lived in Brixton, south London, for 10 years and feels at home there.
Isabel Lopez Lopez-Neira
Communications AssistantIsabel is a Biochemistry graduate now studying Science, Technology and Society at UCL. Originally from Canary Islands, Spain, she now enjoys the UK weather and jamming in her neighbourhood, Camden.
Tech and Data LeadNeil is a London-based coder and tinkerer from up North, having found his way down to the capital via studying flocks of birds and algorithms in Brighton. A keen supporter of libre software and open-source, he believes strongly in the indie, decentralised web, and likes a good algorave now and again.
Online Community LeadJames is a tech-obsessed online community manager with a background in youth work. As the new Online Community Lead, his focus will be on supporting events outside London and fixing up our online spaces.
Volunteer AdvocateTen is a long-time Restarter who is helping organise our London events and our upcoming move. 'Born and Bred' in South-East London, his second language is Polish and he plays extended keyboard. He loves tinkering, cycling, and hates waste in all its forms.
Policy Lead, Co-founderUgo is an Italian researcher with an MPhil in Geography. He is a Fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation, focusing on openness in the repair economy. He worked with the Slow Food movement, then for Computer Aid International in Kenya. He left his heart in Nairobi, and now lives in Camden.
Volunteers & Community Coordinators
In addition to fixers, we rely on a team of volunteers and coordinators to help in the office and to lead our community.
OperationsStefania is a sound recordist who enjoys repairing at Restart Parties. She describes herself as an 'independent, non-trivial, community being.' She is helping with numerous operations and data-related tasks in our office.
London volunteer coordinatorHalima is a French/Moroccan London-based software developer, volunteering with the Restart Project, co-organising the Rosie Restarter skill shares to encourage women to tinker and become restarter volunteers.
Philip Le Riche
Community Coordinator – Repair WikiPhilip probably learned to read a circuit diagram before he leaned to read English and has always loved tinkering with electronics and computers. But he equally enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm through the written word, so as soon as it was invented he threw himself into the Restart Wiki.
North London Events CoordinatorTim is a Brit/Kiwi eco-worrier living undercover as a business analyst in North London. Tim feels happy when things work properly and is trying really hard to be a better person.
London volunteer coordinatorBen is a musician, guitar maker and lifelong tinkerer, who uses his boundless energy to help young people to get excited about STEM and repair. He worked as a guitar maker and repairer, made bicycle-powered electronic installations and has recently started working in the broadcast industry.
Our parties wouldn’t happen without our volunteer Restarters. From talented fixers to party organisers, here are just a few of our regulars.
Our trustees provide advice, and help us stay on course.
Karien Bezuidenhout is a director of the Shuttleworth Foundation, supporting individuals and organisations with innovative ideas to make the world a better place. She helps them to get from conception to fulfilling their vision.
James Carrigan is a trained designer but identifies as a problem solver and absolutely loves creative challenges. As the co-founder of Fixperts and Sugru it’s fair to say that fixing stuff is in his bones.
Gavin Conway is an avid fixer, DIY’er and tinkerer of all things mechanical and co-founder of Tea and Crafting – a home for hobby craft in London. He’s an expert in start-up, fast growth marketing for the likes of Airbnb and Google Nest Labs.
Tim Gonzaga is a Technical and Training Assistant Director at Kingston Smith, a firm of accountants. He works with a variety of charity clients and is the firm’s expert on charity financial reporting.
Friederike Hanisch has co-founded and been co-hosting Hackney Fixers for years. By day she is Senior Manager for the C40 Divest/Invest Forum, and previously established and ran ShareAction’s the European Responsible Investment Network.
Mike Tuffrey is cofounder of the business consultancy, Corporate Citizenship, treasurer of the New Economics Foundation and a former London Assembly member.
Dr. Niall Winters is an Associate Professor of Learning and New Technologies at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. He researches how educational interventions can help address inequality.
Everyone brings valuable experience to a party to share, whether they’re aware of it or not. Bring us your smashed phones, your silent alarm clocks, your truculent toasters! Share your knowledge, hopes and dreams! Learn through doing! Come to a party!