Who we are

We’re registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – a new form of charity. We think of ourselves as a social startup, and our revenues are all invested towards our charitable mission.

Lauren Collee, Researcher and Communications Assistant

Lauren Collee

Researcher and Communications Assistant

Lauren is doing an MSc in Science, Technology and Society at University College of London after an undergraduate degree in literature. She moved to the UK from Sydney five years ago and now lives in North London, where she is trying to ferret out every green space within cycling distance.
Frances Cresswell, Operations Lead

Frances Cresswell

Operations Lead

Frances has previously worked in regeneration in the South Bank area for many years, before joining The Restart Project 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.
Janet Gunter, Education Lead, Co-founder

Janet Gunter

Education Lead, Co-founder

Janet 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.
Neil Mather, Tech and Data Lead

Neil Mather

Tech and Data Lead

Neil 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.
Jon Stricklin-Coutinho, Community Lead

Jon Stricklin-Coutinho

Community Lead

Jon is a British/American digital communications producer whose storied history includes teaching television production in prison, building CRM systems named after saints, and finding solutions to problems using duct tape. He’s a big fan of obscure film references and living in North London.
Ugo Vallauri, Business Development Lead, Co-founder

Ugo Vallauri

Business Development Lead, Co-founder

Ugo 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.
Halima Koundi, London volunteer coordinator

Halima Koundi

London volunteer coordinator

Halima 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.
Ben Skidmore, London volunteer coordinator

Ben Skidmore

London volunteer coordinator

Ben 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.
Tim Shand, North London Events Coordinator

Tim Shand

North London Events Coordinator

Tim 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.
Your name here?, South London Events Coordinator

Your name here?

South London Events Coordinator

Our “Restarters”

Our active volunteer “Restarters” – currently about 40 of them – 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.


Our trustees

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.

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.