Who’s who?

The Project is run by both full-time and part-time staff in addition to our wonderful volunteers.

Here are just a few of the team members and a little bit about what they love about working at the Project.

Andrew Challis Director at Southampton Wood Recycling Project

Andrew Challis


He is an avid sailor, that enjoys playing with wood. He likes that wood is timeless, has been used as a material since the dawn of time, and is totally recyclable. Favourite tool is a sharp hand plane, and he has made bowls, boxes, a rowing dinghy and an open canoe out of wood.

Clare Challis

Assistant Director

Clare is an outdoor sports enthusiast who brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her time as a Coach, in addition to the more pastoral skills from her time as a minister. She has been involved in the Project since its inception and is enjoying getting more stuck in with the inner workings of our busy workshop.

John Bennett

Yard and Collections Manager

When not driving our vans or arranging collections, John enjoys watching films and playing football. He has a City & Guilds qualification in carpentry and has made a display case amongst other wooden items. He likes that you can make such a vast range of items out of recycled timber.

Peter Wynn Southampton Wood Recycling Project

Peter Wynn

Health and Safety Manager

He is a keen sailor, and enjoys making things from wood. Other interests include making musical wind instruments and folk music.

Rachael Clark Southampton Wood Recycling Project

Rachael Clark

Retail and Marketing Manager

Rachael is in charge of our marketing and works hand-in-hand with the workshop team to bring new products to you! She joined the project as she was inspired by the ethos of saving wood from landfill & helping people re-enter the working world.

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