Share and Repair is delighted to announce that Esther Gardiner joins us as our first ever Director. She’s already started with us and is busy learning about our strategy, running the Share and Repair Shop and meeting our brilliant team. But we managed to find a moment to ask her some questions so you can get to know her too.
What are you most looking forward to doing as part of your role?
Helping Share and Repair to meet all its exciting goals and initiatives for the next three years as well as meeting all our wonderful volunteers and customers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I have lived in Bath most of my life and was born here but went to university in Nottingham and have lived in Leicester and Wells too. Before this role I spent 17 years working as a retail buyer for various companies including Clarks and Next.
I have two young children and since becoming a Mum have begun to think a lot more about the impact of the things I do on the environment and worry about what the planet will be like when my children are my age. This has made me want to help use the skills I have gained in my previous roles to help raise awareness of environmental issues through Share and Repair.
In terms of hobbies, I enjoy running and have completed two marathons and more half marathons than I can count! I have asthma so it can be a challenge, but I love exploring the countryside and getting some quiet time. I also enjoy a bit of DIY and upcycling old furniture. I love spending time with friends and family and going to the seaside.
What interested you about working for Share and Repair?
I believe there is a real step change in how people are consuming products. The consumerism of the past 40 years is starting to change and people are now starting to make more considered purchases. People are buying less and better quality products, looking to repair what they already have and borrow products as space in homes is limited.
The cost of living crisis has made many people have a look at their spending habits and instead of paying out hundreds of pounds for items like pressure washers that they only use a few times a year, they can now borrow at a very small cost and don’t have to worry about storage and maintenance.
One of the reasons for me joining Share and Repair was to help people and through the low cost of rental and repair and our HomeKit programme we can help many people across the BANES community.
Have you been involved with charities before?
I’ve always been interested in charity and worked for a number of years with Lance Clark on Sole of Africa, a charity that provided jobs for local African women making and providing shoes for the local market and selling them internationally to raise funds for local schools. I have also raised money through running for a number of charities such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, Teenage Cancer Trust, Forever Friends Appeal, Bath Mind, The Wallace and Gromit Appeal, and my local primary school.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I love adrenaline-fuelled activities! I have been microlight flying, travelled around China on my own and climbed up Snowden (the vertical, rocky way!).
What is your favourite book or film?
My favourite book is probably Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine as it gives a real insight into the complexity of the mind, thoughts, feelings and emotions and how your actions (good or bad) affect others. I like really easy watching, funny, lighthearted films – I always enjoy something like Pretty Woman!
What food could you not live without?
Cake! I love going for a cup of tea and cake or even a good afternoon tea!!!
It sounds like she’ll enjoy having a slice of cake at one of our Repair Cafes soon. Esther will be working as director of Share and Repair supported by Ellen and Emma, our general managers, as well as our team of Trustees, including founder, Lorna, who remains chair of Trustees!
If you’d like more info, or to join us too, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org