Who we are

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.

Frances Cresswell, Operations Lead

Frances Cresswell

Operations Lead

Frances 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.
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.
Isabel Lopez Lopez-Neira, Communications Intern

Isabel Lopez Lopez-Neira

Communications Intern

Isabel 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.
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.
James Pickstone, Online Community Lead

James Pickstone

Online Community Lead

James 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.
Ten, London Network Lead


London Network Lead

Ten 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.
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.


In addition to fixers, we rely on volunteers to help in the office and to lead our community.

Stefania Fantini, Operations

Stefania Fantini


Stefania 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.
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.
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.
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.

Our “Restarters”

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

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.

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.

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.


Staff alumni

Lauren Collee

Kathryn Packer

Nikhita Paturu

Ellie Smith



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!