Our team

Management & Ops

Marie Cudennec Carlisle, Goldfinger Co-founder and CEO

Marie Carlisle

CEO & Co-founder

Growing up in rural Hong Kong, Marie grew to love the natural world and became determined to end the waste that she saw around her. She has led the Goldfinger team since 2017 to become a respected social enterprise that has won the support of Hermès, John Lewis and Tom Dixon. She started her career in luxury branding and product marketing at LVMH, Richemont and Estée Lauder. In her spare time, Marie can be found on her yoga mat and blogging about her favourite recipes.

Valentina Rito

General Manager

Valentina grew up in Florence, surrounded by the beauty of Renaissance art and highly skilled artisans. In 2009, she moved to London and completed a Master’s in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University, which ignited her passion for craftsmanship and collectible design. For the past ten years, she has been working with prominent design galleries and art fairs across Europe, the Middle East and the US. She also volunteers at a charity that works with girls and young women; and enjoys exploring London, practicing yoga, and going on adventures with her husband and son.

Design & Production

Mattia Gasparini, Designer Maker

Mattia Gasparini

Design & Production Manager

After graduating with an anthropology degree, Mattia decided to change careers and become a cabinetmaker. Having found an excellent woodworking school, he settled in Lisbon in 2015 where he spent 3.5 years studying and working. Since then, Mattia has worked with wood for various enterprises, first in Portugal and then in Italy, and developed a deep passion for furniture design. Coming from the Italian Alps he loves nature and all mountain sports, particularly cross-country skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing.

Jason Posnot, Freelance Designer Maker

Jason Posnot

Lead Designer & Maker

Jason grew up in Durban, South Africa, instilling in him a love of nature and outdoor sports. After moving to England at the age of 15, he went on to graduate in Sustainable Product Design from Falmouth University. He has since worked as a freelance designer and maker for various studios, developing a passion for designing and making things that benefit the communities and world we live in. When not in the workshop, you can find him at the climbing wall or catching waves on his surfboard.

Impact

Leslie Feeney, Head of Impact & Partnerships

Leslie Feeney

Head of Impact & Partnerships

With a background in architecture and design, Leslie is an entrepreneur with a focus on product design and project management. She first came into contact with Goldfinger as a client, and now works with us to develop design partnerships and help with client strategy. Leslie has managed a successful fashion accessories design and production firm since 1991. She has lived in West London since 1999, and is a passionate supporter of several local charities and human rights organisations.

Jessica Bennett, Head of Development

Jessica Bennett

Head of Development

Jessica joined us with over ten years experience of working with the charity sector, most recently for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres where she led the London fundraising campaign to bring more Maggie’s Centres to London, and previously for Breast Cancer Care. She is passionate about driving positive change through charitable and social enterprise initiatives. In her (limited) spare time she can be found enjoying time with her two young children or on her yoga mat.

Effy Harle, Community Outreach Programme Officer

Effy Harle

Community Outreach Programme Manager

Effy is an artist and arts organiser, hailing from beautiful Budapest, with a passion for woodwork and community building. She moved to London in 2019 to study at the Royal College of Art, where she graduated with an MA in Contemporary Art Practice in the Public Sphere. She has worked in art galleries including Nottingham Contemporary and Eastside Projects in Birmingham. She also runs FemTech, a skill-share network for women in the arts to learn basic carpentry and construction skills. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports and is currently exploring Thai boxing and weightlifting.

Commercial & Marketing

Lisa Werner

Communications and Business Development Manager

Lisa hails from New York where she spent 10 years in the advertising agency scene. Her experience in brand strategy and account management crossed a variety of product categories, but she's always had an affinity for the design and luxury sectors. After moving to Hong Kong and settling in London, Lisa is exploring new opportunities in interior and homeware design. Outside of championing Goldfinger's dedicated approach to social enterprise, Lisa can be found running her three children around Notting Hill (or more likely the other way ‘round).

Karen O’Leary, HR Coordinator

Karen O’Leary

Marketing & Operations Lead

Karen grew up in Drogheda, just outside of Dublin. After studying English & French at Trinity College, she completed a Master’s in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes and moved to London soon after. Outside of her work at Goldfinger, Karen loves nothing more than exploring London’s many neighbourhoods, wandering around bookshops, parks, and cafés.

El Harding

Showroom Assistant

El, 24, is a talented showroom assistant with a passion for creative and interior design. With a background in merchandising and branding from the London College of Fashion, El brings a unique perspective to his work. He is always looking for new trends and ways to express himself and the company.

Support Services

Sophie Rose, People Manager

Sophie Rose

Head of People & Support Services

With a curiosity for people and a talent for shape-shifting, Sophie's portfolio career consists of over 15 years’ community building and strategic management experience across the commercial, cultural and support sectors. Building on her background in performance and live arts, Sophie is known for developing people, processes and possibilities. Sophie leads Goldfinger's People department, alongside training to become an Integrative Counsellor and Coach (and wandering the city's many second hand shops and markets!).

Rosey Marsh, Senior Finance Advisor

Rosey Marsh

Senior Finance Advisor

Rosey is our in-house numbers and spreadsheet guru. She worked for BP as Finance Manager for their Global Business Services organisation, from its inception in 2008 right through to a multi-centre, global organisation with over 6,000 people. In 2016, Rosey retired, and now supports Goldfinger in an informal pro-bono CFO role. She has an honours degree in Maths and Chemistry, and a PhD in Polymer Science. She is also a keen skier, sailor, and sax player!

Abiel Woldu

Finance Manager

With more than 8 years of experience in accounting, banking and finance, Abiel enjoys helping small businesses achieve their goals through business planning and advisory services. His specialty is in management accounting, but outside of the office Abiel enjoys spicy vegetarian food, football, and listening to Zemen music.

Teddy Cudennec Carlisle, Chief Welcoming Officer

Teddy Cudennec Carlisle

Chief Welcoming Officer

Teddy joined Goldfinger upon graduating from puppy training classes and has been an energetic and indispensable member of the team ever since. He has a deep appreciation for previously discarded objects and is often found keeping our backs warm while he naps on the chairs in the Goldfinger office.

Jason in the showroom

Work with us

We’re a proud social enterprise and a talented team of people from all walks of life. Collectively, we deliver on our missions through our shared values of beauty, design and sustainability. We’re always on the lookout for great people, so if you’d like to join us, and like the sound of additional perks, have a look at our open roles.

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Our advisors

Sayo Ayodele, Sustainable Business

Sayo Ayodele

Sustainable Business

Sayo is a Partner at Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise that helps leaders and organisations align profit with purpose. She is currently on secondment to the United Nations High Level Champions team for COP26, where she is working to drive climate action from different parts of society. Sayo is passionate about strengthening the links between business and society, and cares deeply about sustainability and equality. Having lived and worked on five continents, she considers herself a global citizen, and her experiences have fostered a love of international affairs, languages, and travel. Sayo is a W10 local and volunteers for the People's Kitchen.

Tor Burrows, Sustainablity & Innovation

Tor Burrows

Sustainability & ESG

Tor Burrows is the Executive Director of Sustainability & Innovation for Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (GBI). Her role is to galvanize the delivery of GBI’s environmental goals for 2030 which will see the business become net carbon zero and zero waste by the end of the decade, while also contributing to a significant increase in biodiversity in its communities. Tor sits on the GBI Executive Committee and Chairs the Westminster Property Association’s Senior Advisory Committee.

Tim Church, Corporate Governance

Tim Church

Corporate Governance

Tim retired in 2016 as CEO of MIO Partners, Inc. the investment office of McKinsey & Company, having joined the firm in 1991. Prior to that he was at Advent Ltd a UK based venture capital firm. Tim is chairman of The HALO Trust the world’s leading mine clearance charity and a trustee of Aid to the Church in Need and The Orders of St John Care Trust. He is a senior advisor to Actis LLC a leading emerging markets hard assets private investment firm, on the Investment Committee of Lakeview Capital Management, a US based family office and a director of the impact venture firm Mustard Seed. He is married with five children and a growing portfolio of grandchildren.

Kristel Cornell

Creative & Brand

Kristel works with Goldfinger on brand strategy and visual expression, as well as helping to develop internal design principles and processes to help support its future growth. She works as a designer and creative director across brand, user experience, and digital products for clients, agencies, and startups such as PwC, Infiniti Motor Co., Nissan, Prudential, Trek Bikes, Watford FC, and others.

Daniel Gava, Design Industry

Daniel Gava

Design Industry

Daniel has more than twenty years of professional experience in the design industry and has been employed in key roles within the departments of marketing, PR, sales and board of directors in well-known international high-end furniture manufacturers. He currently works as an independent advisor assisting top companies and designers grow their brand and business. Trustee, Host, Speaker, and Content Creator, Daniel is Design Patron of the Design Museum, Affiliate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Ambassador of the London School of Architecture. Daniel is a firm supporter of meaningful and purposeful enterprises, responsible manufacturing and sustainable innovation.

Angus Gibson, Business Development

Angus Gibson

Business Development

Angus started his career in music and technology organising Juliana’s Discotheques and events around the UK, and later founding Gibson Music, a pioneering audio-visual company working for leading interior designers and architects. After joining the board of a 200-year-old building restoration company in 2004, Angus was introduced to the notion that using sustainable products in the building industry is a more responsible way forward.

Guillaume Giraud, PR

Guillaume Giraud

PR

Guillaume is a London born, Amsterdam based communications & PR consultant with over 15 years of agency and in-house experience. A strategic thinker with a genuine passion for design, culture and all things sustainable, Guillaume possesses strong relationships with a worldly network of journalists, industry opinion leaders and tastemakers. He holds dual French and Italian citizenship and is perfectly trilingual in French, Italian and English. Guillaume was educated in both Paris and London and has worked in global international cities such as London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Istanbul.

Camilla Hammar, Strategic Advisor

Camilla Hammar

Strategic Marketing & Comms

Camilla is a senior level professional with more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, PR, and Communication for international luxury brands like Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Shanghai Tang, and retail brands like IKEA. After 15 years with IKEA, where she went from heading the global IKEA catalogue, to leading the 60 people strong marketing team for IKEA China, to joining the global Group Communication management team to lead all business communication, including sustainability, Camilla decided to take a sabbatical year to “level-up” and is excited to help Goldfinger on its journey.

Steven Overman, Acting CMO

Steven Overman

Strategy & Innovation

Steven has pioneered his career at the intersection of media communication and technology innovation for over two decades, and most recently was Chief Marketing Officer at Kodak. As a strategy and innovation consultant for startups and Fortune 100 companies, Steven has collaborated with the world’s leading creative studios and advertising agencies. He has imagined and evangelized concepts for sustainable hospitality and sustainability infrastructure. His book, The Conscience Economy, was launched at Goldfinger in 2015.

Isabel Serval, Brand & Copy

Isabel Serval

Brand & Copy

Isabel works with Goldfinger to develop their brand narrative: who we want to be and where we want to go as a social enterprise. She distilled a brand strategy and tone of voice and created copy for the website. She works as a copy, content design and brand strategy consultant with digital and creative agencies and tech companies on brands such as Wedgewood, Heathrow, NatWest, Nissan, gov.uk and others.

Ahilan Sivaranjan, Sales & Pipeline

Ahilan Sivaranjan

Sales & Pipeline

Ahilan has spent the past 14+ years working in the Cyber Security industry. Having a background working with both large players in the space as well as experience in the startup world. He is most recently working for Palo Alto Networks where he manages a set of Financial Services accounts. Ahilan's work with Goldfinger is to support the team in sales initiatives, how to manage a sales cycle, and best practices across pipeline generation and reporting.

Jack Trench

Design & Manufacturing

With a multi-disciplinary career spanning design, manufacture and construction, Jack brings a wealth of experience to his role as a joinery specialist and B2B consultant. An industrial designer by training, Jack set up Jack Trench Ltd in 2003, quickly gaining a reputation for producing some of the highest quality bespoke joinery in the UK and eventually going on to specialise exclusively in bespoke kitchens and fine furniture commissions. Now established as Jack Trench Design, Jack’s consultancy work focuses on spatial design and bespoke joinery projects. He is an advocate of sustainability in design and is currently working with the charity CCAC (Climate Change All Change), a programme that brings together school children and designers to co-design solutions to the climate crisis.

Charlotte Williams, Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams

Business Development & Supply Chain Management

Charlotte has 12 years of experience working for John Lewis in a variety of consultative roles focused on improving commercial performance, customer experience and strategic planning. She recently completed the Business Sustainability Management course through Cambridge University, sparking an interest in the circular economy and supporting her desire to shift her career into the sustainability sector. At Goldfinger, Charlotte hopes to understand how a social enterprise and sustainable business operates and most importantly, support Goldfinger's growth.

Ann Wong, Business Strategy & Planning

Ann Wong

Business Strategy & Planning

Ann is working with Goldfinger to distil what we are working to achieve, and what we need to do to get there. Ann last led finance and business operations for NBCUniversal’s International Consumer Products division. Her work spanned many disciplines and many countries: she led teams that opened offices in more than ten countries, and spent almost two years in China herself. Ann is also a director of her local veg box co-operative, and a trustee of her local community centre.

Eleonore Halluitte Andrews

Design & Business

Eleonore spent her early years between Paris and the US, immersed in French history, craftsmanship and the great American landscapes. Her passion and her values have guided her career in design, starting with an internship with a third generation upholsterer in Paris many years ago. She then moved to London, where she spearheaded contemporary design at Mallett, the 150 year old antique dealer, and Meta, its award winning collection. Eleonore is now the founder and director of The Art and Design Consultancy, supporting designers, makers and galleries develop their businesses. Eleonore puts family first and loves growing flowers and vegetables with her twins.