Meet the Remakery Team

Staff Members

Steph Bowring, Marketing and Events Manager


A passionate advocate of environmental protection and waste-less living, Stephanie joined the Edinburgh Remakery team in the summer of 2016.

With a background in journalism, marketing, and events management, Stephanie soon moved up the ranks from Retail Assistant to a management role within the Edinburgh Remakery, and now leads on their marketing activities, communications, and the coordination of all events and workshops.

Whether you have a press or media enquiry, have an idea for a workshop, are looking to join a class and learn a new skill, or want to hold a private party at the Remakery, get in touch!


Elaine Brown, Chief Executive Director

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.

Sotiris Katsimpas, Operations & IT 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”.



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 items of furniture. Hopefully we didn’t just jinx that.





Boo, Morale Officer




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







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

Leonel Alfonso Ruiz Cala, Furniture Restorer

Being an enthusiast for sustainable architecture, renewable energies, recycling and upcycling, Leo joined the Remakery firstly as a volunteer in 2018 and now works as one of our in-house furniture restorers and also runs the surgery and repair furniture workshop.

Leo is a fully trained architect and has a masters in Renewable Energies and throughout his time working in Spain and Latin America has always had a keen interest in designing his own furniture pieces and restoration projects.

Leo is a firm believer that being able to give old pieces of furniture a new lease of life is a way of keeping our memories alive and has a less damaging impact on the environment!

Leo spends his free time teaching himself how to play the guitar, hiking and listening to music.


James Conway, Impact Reporting and Funding Officer

James joined us in August 2020 on an 8-week internship. His role with us is to collect data on the social, environmental and economic impacts The Remakery has, analyse these and create a report to communicate all that information in a clear and concise way. Within this, James will also be mapping how The Remakery’s range of projects and work streams align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, alongside a range of other frameworks.

For the last four years, James has been studying Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on the issue of waste and throwaway culture. Jams believes that transitioning towards a society that values waste could have great environmental, social and economic benefits, and we need to prioritise reuse and repair where possible as an effective response to this sustainability challenge. The Edinburgh Remakery shares this value and leads in its response which boosts social and environmental sustainability in the process.

Board Members

Paul Reeve, Member of the Board of Trustees and Appointed Treasurer



Paul is a qualified management accountant, currently working at Standard Life where he has been since Jan ’08.

Introduced to the Edinburgh Remakery (then Remade in Edinburgh) through the Standard Life’s ‘Skills not Hours’ initiative mid-2014, Paul was formally voted onto the Board at the 2015 AGM.



Daniel Turner, Member of the Board of Trustees and Elected Chair



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 now chairs 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.



Lindsey Ross, Member of the Board of Trustees











Elizabeth Tainsh, Member of the Board of Trustees

Elizabeth is a Planning and Environmental Associate at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP.

She regularly advises clients on planning matters, particularly in the renewables sector which involves work towards planning appeals and public local inquiries. Elizabeth also advises on environmental matters including waste management, contaminated land, water discharges & abstractions and flooding.

Prior to this role, Elizabeth was a Corporate Solicitor at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) where her work included corporate governance matters, such as the legal implications of business strategies as well as other sectors including HR, Freedom of Information, data security and protection.

Elizabeth has an Masters degree (LL.M) in Environmental law. She is a regular contributor to the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) journal and has spoken at various events, including at the Scottish Parliament in relation to the legal aspects of flood risk management.

Evelyn Mitchell, , Member of the Board of Trustees




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.




Katharina Bouchaar, , Member of the Board of Trustees

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), a Member of the Board of the Edinburgh Remakery and Chair of the Circular Economy Working Group at the community organisation 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. She also has extensive knowledge of the EU regulations and funding programmes relevant for carbon emission and waste reduction projects thanks to her previous career at the European Commission, where she was responsible for environmental projects across the EU and North Africa for over 8 years.