Founder & Creative Director – Martin Gamester
Martin spent the first 10 years of his working life in engineering. After finishing his apprenticeship he found himself part of two industrial revolutions: the introduction of the self assembly fitted kitchen QA Range by Hygena and the introduction of the domestic central heating gas boiler by Myson, (formally Henry Wilson).
A career change took him into the world of education and training with Tomorrow’s People Today working with young people on a variety of government initiative including the Youth Opportunities Programme (YOP), Work Experience on Employers Premises (WEEP), and the Youth Training Scheme (YTS). He was also part of the introduction of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s).
Following a year in Youth Work, Martin joined the YMCA Youth at Work Service (YAWS) as a part time tutor and progressed through the organisation to Area Manager working with household names such as Boots, ASDA, M&S and British Rail. During this period he developed the skill of designing bespoke solutions and at one point was the only person in the UK to have 5 Executive Job Club contracts. He also developed a programme for the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR) during the Options for Change initiative.
The opportunity for self-employment came in 1998 and Martin was one of three individuals who established an education and training company specialising in the delivery of distance learning course with several local colleges. The idea for totally reusing the things that people no longer needed or wanted was born in 2009 when he was on the School For Social Entrepreneurs first Environmental programme. With the simple view that “If its reused it doesn’t need recycling” his approach has been shortlisted for more than 25 regional and national awards with winning initiatives culminating in being crowned Champions at the prestigious International Green Apple Award for Recycled Products in 2017.
Martin has run national pilots for household names such as IKEA and the John Lewis Partnership as a highly respected member of the Reuse Network (FRN) and is currently involved in a number of collaborative projects including a Regional Hub. Martin has presented at regional and national events and has contributed to several research documents. As a founder member of the UK Men’s Shed Association he is featured on the ‘Better Shed Than Dead’ documentary and referenced in the highly acclaimed publication: The Men’s Shed Movement: The Company of Men by Professor Barry Golding.
The Rewired Studio is Martin’s latest venture and concentrates on remanufacturing new products from salvaged and reclaimed materials.