Nathan Hopkins
Founder, Director and Cunning Artificer

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 and Cat Herder

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.



Kristi Johnston
Office Manager and poker faced Mad Crocheter

Kristi joined the Woodshed team in September 2019. She has an extensive background in administration 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
Excessively diligent Project Cooordinator, Underwater Talker and resident Fanny Craddock

Gemma brings an extensive background and dynamic skillset having first worked in Local Government in a variety of front-facing roles including; Human Resources, Social Services, Regeneration, Environmental Services, and Community Development, then moving on to grassroot positions in the Voluntary and Community Sector where she worked for the benefit of County Durham residents overseeing and managing the delivery of community based activities and capital projects.  Never being one who is lost for words Gemma is able to fully verbalise the work of WW and confidently put across our socially responsible aims and objectives and how we work to improve the quality of life of our client base and the wider community.