Nathan Hopkins
Founder, Director

Nathan Hopkins has played a key role in developing woodshed workshop over the last four years. He is an experienced and skilled woodworker, with vast experience of delivering practical people-based programmes particularly with young people and the long term unemployed. Nathan is trained in Arboriculture and woodwork, mental health first aid and train the trainer. Nathan has worked in the North East for NACRO, CEED and Groundwork over the last 10 years. He has lived experience that helps him understand and motivates him to support young people and adults with challenges. He has a vision for Woodshed Workshop CIC and the determination and resilience to develop a great project supporting the community of Sacriston the surrounding villages and County Durham.



Gordon Gray
Supervisor, Joiner

Workshop supervisor at Woodshed Workshop. He first joined the woodshed on a placement from the Jobcentre Plus. He enjoyed his 13 weeks there he came back as a volunteer. He then become assistant supervisor and is now an experienced and committed member of the team.



Beth Young
Creative Supervisor

Beth joined the Woodshed team with the aim of expanding the range of skills, creative approaches and techniques that are taught within sessions. She has an extensive background in the creative sector and is passionate about helping Nathan and the rest of the team to provide a community focused project that provides great outcomes for everybody.


Gemma O’Brien
Project Coordinator 2019 – 2021

Gemma joined the Woodshed Workshop CIC Team supporting us during a time of significant challenges and supported numerous positive developments including improvements to the buildings and our services. We wish her the very best of luck and many thanks for all her energy and commitment while she was with Woodshed.


Faye & Josh
Retail Supervisor & Retail Kickstarter

Faye & Josh are always happy to discuss your bespoke orders; they are available for face-to-face appointments in our shop front space or via telephone on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 5pm.

Emails and social media messages are also checked and responded to on these days.

Josh has recently joined the Woodshed Team via the Kickstart Scheme.

The scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds.

Josh has already brought lots of ideas to the team and is in the process of developing products on the CNC Router……exciting stuff….watch out for updates !!



Alison Russell
Education Coordinator

Alison joined the Woodshed team with the aim of expanding and improving our education provision. She has an extensive background in the education sector providing education programmes for young people and adults in a range of settings. Alison is passionate about the importance of learning and education in changing lives and opportunities.