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.
Janet Gunter, Community / Communications 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 eight years and feels at home there.
Kathryn Packer, Operations Lead
Kathryn walked the government corridors of power in Defra and the Cabinet Office, but found the way out, via pie making. She is a Studio Ghibli fan and leisurely cyclist, and long-time Hackney resident.
Neil Mather, Technical 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 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 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 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.
David “Panda” Mery, London volunteer coordinator
David is a London-based researcher, bricoleur, activist and flâneur. He currently volunteers with the Restart Project, is a director of an organisation run by and for autistic people and is a civil liberties activist.
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.
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.