Meet the Remakery Team

Staff Members

Steph Bowring, Marketing and Events Manager

 

A passionate advocate of environmental protection, waste-free living, and social justice, Steph joined the Edinburgh Remakery team in the summer of 2016.

With a background in journalism and marketing, Steph leads on all marketing activities, including social media, content creation, copy writing, communications, PR, and the coordination and management of events.

If you have a press or media enquiry, want to write a blog post or share a story with us, or simply want to find out more about the Edinburgh Remakery, get in touch with Steph today.

steph@edinburghremakery.org.uk

 

Elaine Brown, Chief Executive Officer

Elaine was previously Chief Operating Officer for Bright Green Business – Scotland’s number one provider of Environmental Internships.  She worked with businesses throughout Scotland to engage them in circular economy practices and help them to grow their businesses by improving their environmental sustainability. She also brings with her over 23 years experience of project management within a number of local authorities.

Elaine is your first contact to explore how the Edinburgh Remakery can work with you to implement circular economy practices within your community or business.  She will be tasked with taking the strategic lead on a range of initiatives.  Collaboration is Elaine’s favourite thing so please get in touch to discuss how you can work in partnership with the Edinburgh Remakery today.
elaine@edinburghremakery.org.uk

Sotiris Katsimpas, Ewaste and Operations Manager

 

 

 

Sotiris has been taking things apart since the 1990’s, just to see how they worked and if they could be repaired.

Sotiris started as a Computer Repair Technician at the Edinburgh Remakery in 2014, and now leads the IT department.

In Sotiris’ free time he likes to build robots and lasers, and practice 3D printing, coding and web development. He is the proud servant of Boo (his English Setter), and his motto is “If you don’t break it, you will never learn how to fix it”.

 

 

James Conway, Education and Workshop Coordinator

 

James studied Sustainable Development at The University of Edinburgh, focusing on waste and throwaway culture. He took on an internship with us after graduating and has now joined The Remakery full time as our Education and Workshop Coordinator. This involves overseeing the development of the workshops at the Remakery and our educational projects, such as our apprenticeship schemes.

James is always keen to hear from people with new ideas for workshops or educational projects that can help develop the skills needed in Scotland to transition to a circular economy. You can contact him at: james@edinburghremakery.org.uk

 

Barbara Hamilton, Fundraising Manager

Barbara joined us in April 2021 to focus on developing a funding strategy for an environmentally sustainable organisation and delivering our vision of promoting a zero-waste culture that replaces consumerism with creativity, community, and conscious consumption.

Barbara’s background is in Marketing and Business Development. She is a very experienced Bid Manager and Writer and uses these skills to build strong funding cases. Barbara has run successful fundraising campaigns for local schools, raising money to purchase specialist equipment and fund activities for the children. Barbara is always happy to talk about all things funding, especially if it helps people and local communities to develop and thrive: barbara@edinburghremakery.org.uk 

Miguel Angel Gamez Jurado, IT Repair Technician

Miguel wanted to work in IT since getting his first computer at the age of 9, and began learning computer repairs by fixing  his family and friends’ equipment. He quickly learned the tricks of the trade and soon began working with large companies to manage their IT needs.

Miguel and his family moved to Edinburgh looking for new experiences and opportunities and, in 2019, joined the Edinburgh Remakery team as IT Technician where he uses his expert technical skills to repair and refurbish our donated second hand IT equipment, giving them a new lease of life.

If you have a question about a donation of IT equipment or need help with a computer repair, drop us a line at miguel@edinburghremakery.org.uk

Harry Ross, E-Waste Operative

In January 2021 we welcomed Harry Ross as our new E-Waste Operative. Since moving to our new business model as the Leith E-Waste and Education hub and introducing our new free IT Disposal for Businesses service, we’ve seen a huge influx in donations of IT equipment.

Harry started with us in mid-January and has already made a huge dent in the many piles of donations, instilling a system to deal with these, and helping the refurbishment team who are working tirelessly to refurbish, repair and reuse as much as possible to prevent usable materials ending up in landfill.

Harry’s role is partially funded by the No One Left Behind scheme through the City of Edinburgh Council; a scheme created to provide support to those furthest removed from the labour market, focusing on the needs of the individual first and foremost to help rebuild an economy in Scotland with wellbeing and fair work at its heart.

Iain Dobie, IT Technician and Trainer

Joining the team as an IT Technician and Trainer, Iain brings his knowledge of building and modifying desktop computers to the team. Having had an interest in computers since his school days, Iain has continued to keep following developments in the technology sector, in particular small form factor (SFF) desktop computers, the Right to Repair movement and digital design software.

His background is in graphic design and digital arts, which have allowed him to understand the importance of having an optimised hardware setup and the potential that digital technologies can have on our lives. He also brings his experiences of operating a click and collect department and serving as a travel money advisor for his local department store.

Outside of work, Iain likes to create typography based art pieces with his custom small form factor computer and explore retro games that he grew up with.

Thomas Greig, IT Administrator

 

 

 

 

Thomas joined the Edinburgh Remakery team as IT Administrator in March 2021.

Thomas’ joins the Remakery through a partnership with QA apprenticeships. While Thomas is working within this role, he will also be working towards a Level 6 Diploma in Digital Applications.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Mackay, Workshop Administrator

Rebecca joined the Edinburgh Remakery team in June 2021 as our newest intern.

Rebecca has previously volunteered as an Administrator for Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) before starting with us as our Workshop Administrator, helping with the coordination and delivery of our online and in-person classes and events.

Her role with us is made possible through the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme which provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds in order to provide valuable work experience and employment skills for younger ages.

For any workshop queries, you can contact Rebecca at rebecca.mackay@edinburghremakery.org.uk

Andy Hopgood, Delivery and Collection Driver

 

 

 

Andy points the van in the right direction for deliveries and collections and has become somewhat adept at walking backwards while carrying heavy loads of IT equipment (hopefully we didn’t just jinx that…)

 

 

 

 

 

Boo, Morale Officer

 

 

 

 

The driving force behind the Edinburgh Remakery and the glue that binds us, Boo also works as our full-time Morale Officer and In-House Therapist.

 

 

 

 

 

Board Members

Elizabeth Tainsh

Elizabeth is a Planning and Environmental Associate at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP. She regularly advises clients on planning matters, particularly in the renewables sector. Elizabeth also advises on environmental matters including waste management, contaminated land, & water discharges.

Prior to this role, Elizabeth was a Corporate Solicitor at SEPA where her work included corporate governance matters as well as other sectors including HR, Freedom of Information, data security and protection.

Elizabeth has an Masters degree in Environmental law and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law.

Daniel Turner

 

 

Daniel is a researcher and director of Quirkos, a company that designs qualitative analysis software. He started as a volunteer at the Edinburgh Remakery soon after it opened, and is now a member of the board of trustees.

Daniel was previously chair of the Switch Youth Cafe which he helped establish in his home town, and plays percussion in a local amateur orchestra.

 

 

Katharina Bouchaar

Katharina Bouchaar is an Environmental Management Consultant, specialising in Zero Waste & Zero Carbon. With her business ESC Sustainability, she focuses on helping public and private organisations achieve their Sustainability and Circular Economy objectives. She is currently also the Network Engagement Coordinator at the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) and Chair of the Circular Economy Working Group at Transition Edinburgh.

Katharina is an expert in EU project development and project management in renewable energy, climate change & the Circular Economy as well as in communications and stakeholder management.

Jeremy Miles

 

Jeremy is the current Chair of the Edinburgh Remakery board of directors. Jeremy is an experienced business leader with extensive knowledge across most disciplines of business having been Managing Director of a very successful workers co-operative for 10 years, and more recently working in the fast paced environment of a growing tech start up.

Jeremy has also been an advisory Board member in both public and private sector and brings a wealth of skills and experience to the Edinburgh Remakery Board. .

Evelyn Mitchell

Evelyn has been involved with the Edinburgh Remakery since the beginning of 2011 when it was known as Remade in Edinburgh. Evelyn managed the Waste Prevention Team at Changeworks and is now their Environmental and Quality Services Manager.

Evelyn has seen the organisation develop and grow over the years and loves being a Board member of an organisation who are not only reducing the impact that societies have on climate change, but also teaching people skills and helping those in the local community at the same time.

Jason Orr

 

Jason has worked within the Banking Industry for over 20 years, and with HSBC Corporate for the last 6 years within their Global Liquidity and Cash Management team.

Jason has an interest in Environmental and sustainability issues and is keen to learn how he as an individual can do more.

Jason is very excited to have joined the board of Edinburgh Remakery and looking forward to the challenges and rewards that will bring.

Lorna Slater

Lorna Slater has lived in Leith for 15 years and was very excited when the Remakery opened, because an enterprise devoted to repair, upcycling and the circular economy opening on a major high-street is a powerful step toward bringing these ideas into the mainstream.

Lorna is an electro-mechanical engineer and works for Orbital Marine Power, where she is a project manager working on building the worlds largest floating tidal turbine. This role has involved coordinating the work of 11 companies in 6 European countries. Before moving to marine renewables in 2013, Lorna worked for a decade in the semi-conductor industry in Scotland. Lorna is originally from Canada where she obtained an MEng in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Design from UBC in Vancouver.

Lorna is active in Green politics and enjoys upcycling fabrics and notions to make clothing and bags.

Cat Kozlowski

Cat has is a learning and events officer with Children in Scotland who has spent 18 years working in the education sector focusing on professional learning, outreach education and environmental education. She has a keen interest in equality and sustainability.

Previously, she has worked on community education programmes that supported asylum seekers, refugees, the Traveller community and disadvantaged young people.

As someone who enjoys the great outdoors, Cat combined her degree in natural resource management and postgraduate diploma in education to manage a forest education service where the rainforest was her classroom. Having worked in Australia, Poland, Ireland and the UK, Cat brings a range of international experience to the team.

 

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