Who we are
We’re registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – a new form of charity.
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.
Education 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 InternIsabel 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.
Junior Web DeveloperNikhita is a web developer with a history of working in the software industry. She is pursuing her Masters in Software Engineering from University of West London. She is passionate about design, art and loves to play badminton.
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.
Events LeadEllie has recently returned to her native home - east London - after a long stint in Oxford. Her background is in DIY bike repair, she founded and ran Broken Spoke Bike Co-op a community bike workshop. She loves creating spaces where people get to relate to technology in a new way by taking control and repairing it themselves - and cycling of course!
Business Development 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.
Data AnalystSteve is on career break. When he’s not repairing at home, he’s repairing at Restart Parties and has been volunteering at Restart by creating systems to review data quality in our Fixometer database.
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 at Restart HQ.
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.
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 active volunteer “Restarters” – currently about 40 of them in the London area – are crucial to our work. Behaviour change and learning starts with them – with their coaching, teaching and encouragement. They come from all over London, from all ages and all walks of life.
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.
Sarah Nicholl served on the Board of Trustees for the Transition Network from 2010 to 2015, after having co-founded Transition Belsize. As a part of Transition Belsize, she created a model draught-proofing project.
Emily Shipp is a campaigns and marketing consultant, as well as a tutor at General Assembly. She previously worked for the charity Shelter.
Mike Tuffrey is cofounder of the business consultancy, Corporate Citizenship, treasurer of the New Economics Foundation and a former London Assembly member.
Carolina Vallejo is a designer and creative strategist working in architecture, design, community-building and interactive arts. She holds degrees in Literature, publishing and one from ITP at NYU.
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.