MEET THE TEAM.

It’s people that make a company. As we grow we’re always on the lookout for great people to join the team. See which roles we’re recruiting for here

ANDREW STORDY

Founder

 

Andrew grew up in coffee growing countries including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Burundi.

Andrew is an engineer and industrial designer and developed the concept for IKAWA while studying Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He’s dedicated years of toil to making IKAWA a reality.

As the team has grown, his “Kaizen” approach to design and manufacturing has helped not only to build hundreds of coffee roasters, but to harness, build and refine the skills of the workshop team.

BEN IRELAND

Managing Director

 

Ben joined as Managing Director in 2015 and has overseen a period of strong growth since then, seeing IKAWA move to our current workshop, and the team growing from 4.

In return, IKAWA has helped Ben to become more cultured in coffee and he now possesses a decent grinder, espresso machine and aeropress. And a Home Coffee Roaster.

He has previously worked in senior management in the travel industry and founded start-ups in architecture, sports travel and tech, and has a fantastic ability to get excited about the big picture and managing the delivery.

ALEX GEORGIOU

General Manager - IKAWA for Professionals

 

Alex joined IKAWA to manage a short project – IKAWA’s Kickstarter Campaign for the IKAWA At Home system – but quickly realised the project really starts when the campaign finishes. He has enjoyed the ride of delivering our Home Coffee Roaster, as well as marketing the Sample Roaster and drinking some fantastic coffees along the way.

Before joining IKAWA, Alex worked for UK coffee brand Cafédirect and founded Espresso Mushroom Company, which he runs in his ‘spare time’. He was a finalist for IGD Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

BRADLEY NELSON

General Manager - IKAWA at Home

 

Bradley joined IKAWA in 2015 to head up our Sales and Business Development team and has the perfect niche combining his love of coffee with application of start-up business theory, particularly anything Seth Godin.

He is a qualified UKBC judge and in charge of keeping the team in good coffee. His choice of brewing equipment in the office reflects the growth we’ve achieved – moving from a 3-cup to 6-cup Chemex, through a Technovorm Moccamaster, and we now have two Wilfa Svart a Linea Mini and selection of V60 and Kalita filters. He’s doing a good job!

DANIEL ONG

Head of Operations

 

Daniel joins IKAWA with an impressive background in Operations, including time in senior management with McLaren Racing as well as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains.

After growing up in Hamburg, he relocated to London in 1994 where he studied at Brunel University, and continues to live with his young family.

You might find him outside IKAWA on his cruiser board commuting to work or discovering the city’s pinball halls on the weekend!

HELEN SCHLUTER

Head of HR & Legal

 
Helen is a guiding force on the IKAWA team, and also has one of the most interesting backgrounds. Her Law experience is comprehensive in Switzerland, where she lived for 12 years, spent a month in Jersey and finally ended up in Liverpool where she is based today. Her experience has helped steer IKAWA throughout the past few years, and she still finds time to play tennis, football, run, govern the local secondary school, and raise 4 children. You can ask her about doing loops in small airplanes or meeting Robbie Williams!

MARIA SORIANO

Finance Manager

 

Maria brings years of experience working as an Accountant for companies in the private, public, and NGO sector. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to London in 2015. Maria loves traveling but loves coffee even more.

The love for coffee started from a young age with Maria as she was drinking coffee from 2 and a half years old because she didn’t like milk!

OLIVER MUTCH

Sales Manager

 
Olly has spent most of his career in the hospitality industry, working for an infamous Portugese-African Chicken specialist managing international role-outs and spending time in the development labs! All with a focus on great customer experiences, Olly is the perfect addition to the team. Having grown up in Aberdeen, Olly moved to London 3 years ago enjoying the city life. Olly loves to cycle and recently ventured from John O’Groats to Land End. During Lockdown, he’s been doing a 20km lap of London each morning before work.

DANIELLE DOS SANTOS

Account Manager

 

ANSEL KEHRLEIN

Account Manager

 

Ansel has experience working in kitchens, high fashion, and highly collectible coffees. He joins IKAWA as a former customer - he was using the IKAWA Sample Roaster everyday as a coffee trader in London.

Before his career in coffee, Ansel studied Fine Arts and Architecture in Italy, cooked in an Italian restaurant, sold high-end fashion and art, and finally trading the higher priced coffees at a coffee importer in London.

In his time outside work he’s still cooking, exploring Dalston, and exploring natural wines.

JACOB TRAVIS

Account Manager

 

Jacob joined IKAWA in 2021 from within the Speciality Coffee industry, having headed up wholesale at Atkinson’s for 5 years. You may have already met Jacob at Coffee Festivals around the UK in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester as well as attending International Shows and competitions as part of his coffee education. Jacob is currently working out of sunny Lancaster with his 10 “absolutely daft” chickens.

BRAD HOWE

Customer Service Executive

 

Brad is always first on the pourover station in the morning at IKAWA, and will generously encourage you to try whatever brew he's exploring that day.

You might see Brad around London on his skateboard, trying not to spill his coffee, or you may have seen him managing the coffee program at Bonds in Hackney, a coffee/concept store that's taking off.

All in all, Brad has a passion for food and drink (flavours!) which started when he would make trips into London from his hometown just outside Cambridge. He's never too far from his family dog, unless he's off exploring - he is, like a lot of our team, an avid and active traveler!

VERONIKA KUZELOVA

Wholesale Account Manager

 
Veronika joins IKAWA after 4 years of working at Workshop Coffee, an early IKAWA customer and local roaster to us. Her experience there began as a barista, and when she finished she was head of the Wholesale Team. She’s a self-proclaimed coffee geek who loves filter coffee, natural wines (Alsatian Riesling, Grüner Veltliner or Georgian Orange are her top choices), and Scandinavian and Dutch interior design. Veronika was born in the small town of Chomutov in Czechia, grew up in Prague, and moved to London 6 years ago. Ask her about her studies into a genetic link to forming culture, art and tribes!

KATE JOHNSTON

Wholesale and Customer Service Executive

 
Originally from Edinburgh, Kate arrives at IKAWA with a whole host of coffee experience and a recent graduate from the Simonelli Youth Academy. Outside of coffee, you’ll find Kate building bikes and hitting the roads and gravel trails as she used to race for Scotland in road and track cycling.

GEOFF WOODLEY

Product Manager

 

Geoff first encountered IKAWA before most of us, meeting Rombout at SCAA about five years ago, and became an IKAWA customer this year in his previous role as Director of Coffee for DETOUR, one of Canada's top speciality roasters. “Coffee is a bit of a rabbit hole” Geoff told us when discussing quality coffee. It’s one he’s dived in deep, which is great because Geoff is in charge of educating our customers on the finer points of coffee.

Beyond coffee, you’ll find Geoff playing squash, exploring his new home city London, searching out the best ramen, and appreciating our relatively milder climate!"

ROSIE ANNABELLE MILLS-SMITH

Pro-Marketing

 
Rosie joins the IKAWA team from the roastery world, and the third on the “user-to-employee” journey. As an Operations Manager at Suffolk Roastery she was often at a cupping table full of IKAWA roasts. Her experience there, in addition to her natural affinity for marketing and her love of photography make her a welcome addition to the marketing team. Catch her playing high-level sports, chasing light, and demonstrating her mastery of the Aeropress outside the office.

ZADKIEL YEO

IKAWA At Home Projects and Advertising Manager

 
Zadkiel joined the IKAWA team in 2020 to help take on and manage the At Home marketing projects. He studied Aerospace Engineering in Singapore where he grew up and moved to the United Kingdom where he completed a Masters in International Management. He has worked in similar roles at various charitable organisations in the UK before joining IKAWA. Zadkiel also co-founded Beacon & Armour which he also runs in his spare time.

EMILY JACKSON

Coffee & Content

 
Emily has over 20 years in the specialty coffee industry, 3 of which was spent with our neighbours, Climpson and Sons. She brings with her a career's worth of knowledge in all things coffee related. When not roasting, writing, brewing etc., she will inevitably have a craft beer or a pair of knitting needles in her hands.

CHARLIE HAUBEN

Content & Communications

 
After 6 months freelancing for IKAWA Pro, Charlie joined the company on a full-time basis as part of the IKAWA at Home team. Her love for coffee, origin and terroir, pushed her to join the IKAWA family, after 10+ years as a Creative Director, Strategic Planner and Account Manager in the tech and luxury industries. She loves to talk about character lead storytelling, the importance of critical thinking in History, and East Asian culture, whilst drinking a smooth filter from Ethiopia or a strong Vietnamese coffee.

JESSICA GODWIN

Project Manager

 

Jess has a Degree in Culinary Arts Management and has worked around the world in Media and Hospitality, including co-founding The Clocktower Café in London before joining IKAWA.

She's progressed from Office Manager to Operations Manager, and now does her best to make things run like clockwork!

SARAH CARRINGTON

Operations Executive

 

After having worked in Costa Rica, Spain, and France, Sarah joined IKAWA in our Customer Service role and then moved into an Operations role.

She was born and raised in Kenya and moved to the UK for school. She’s brings a mean latte to the IKAWA cafe and is always up for sushi!

SAOIRSE HETHERINGTON

Logistics Executive

 

Born and raised in Ireland, Saoirse moved to London 3 years ago – managing coffee spots and heading up coffee at a number of well known venues across the City. Saorise’s background is in agricultural science, with a specific interest in forestry and coffee cultivation. Alongside her passion for electronic music and all that goes with it, Saorise enjoys all other art forms… Including latte art (obviously).

SOPHIE MARSHALL

HR Officer

 

Ask Sophie about her hot sauce and/or fridge magnet collection, both of which are impressive.

Sophie has a degree in marketing and experience in restaurant management. She’s run the Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway, enjoys making latch hook rugs. To know what's on, what's cool, and where it's worth visit - ask Sophie.

ORNELLA CARAMANICO

Finance Assistant

 

Ornella was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to London in early 2018. She studied and became an Accountant in Argentina and after moving to London, joined our Finance Team alongside Maria.

An avid traveller, Ornella is now soaking in the culture in Camden and slowly but surely coming around to our office coffee. She still favours her Grandmothers, who mixes and grinds two special types together, her secret recipe!

KIERAN HUGHES

Purchasing Manager

 
Kieran joins IKAWA as an experienced buyer, with a wealth of knowledge in the electronics manufacturing industry as well as a BSc in Business Studies from Ulster University.  Having moved to London from Ireland just one day before starting with us, Kieran has quickly settled into his new surroundings alongside his trusty AeroPress. Outside the office Kieran loves to travel, gaming and is (by his own admission) a “huge foodie!”

IMAN CALDERON

UX Designer

 
Born and raised in Madrid, Iman is our UX Designer for the IKAWA Home team. Over the past 10 years she has been working with businesses to develop and create memorable user-focussed branding. It was really the WHY of creative decision making that piqued Iman’s interest  – an invaluable skill as we continue to develop our At Home offering. In her spare time you can find her at the gym or doing trekking at the weekends and seeking secret chilled spots in nature. She is now trying to innovate by imitating her delicious mamma’s tiramisu recipe with IKAWA’s coffee!

GEORGE CURWEN

Production Engineer

 

We have welcomed George back into a full time position after his 3 month internship with IKAWA in 2016. While studying engineering, George was part of the team that created the bike that holds the current human powered British land speed record!

When not working with production and R&D at IKAWA, George is a bit of a chef, making fresh and local meals at home. He even takes the time to forage and grow his own food!

MATT MOLLAHAN

Warehouse and Production Operative

 
After moving to London in early 2021, Matt joined IKAWA from the Emerald Isle as a Warehouse and Production Operative. Joining IKAWA marked a significant switch up for Matt having previously trained in Law and Politics, and practising as a Paralegal in Dublin! Come the weekend, you’ll find Matt reading, hiking and swimming – but not all at once of course!

RAJ SAWALI

Supplier Quality Assurance & Goods-In Inspection Engineer

 
Raj joined IKAWA in the quality function with a career of over 15 years in quality and engineering, having worked in aerospace, automotive, Formula 1 and oil and gas sectors for the likes of BP, McLaren and Ford. Originally an aerospace engineer, Raj has extensive quality experience and is a certified lead auditor. Outside of work, Raj enjoys all things Liverpool FC, Formula 1 and is fanatical about cars – welcomes any conversation about them!

(ANDREW) JUSTICE

Business Intelligence Engineer

 

For reasons that are still not clear to him, he goes exclusively by surname only. Justice has almost 20 years of experience making data useful, or as he likes to put it ‘Crafting Data’ for the likes of Sainsbury’s, Asos, Net-a-porter and the London Ambulance Service. When he’s not crunching and ‘crafting’ numbers, you might find him dressmaking and kitesurfing – just perhaps not simultaneously.

HARRIET ROBERTS-MARSHALL

R&D Project Manager 

 

Harriet says she’s probably a little too keen on Bill Murray so she obviously fits in well here. Her time in fashion and branding gave her some interesting opportunities but felt drawn to hospitality which eventually led her to coffee.

She's a bit of a green thumb and grows her own veg when she’s not dancing to Talking Heads and sampling London’s best Negroni’s.

PETER RODRIGUEZ

Production Team Leader

 
Born in New York and raised in London, Peter has always had a passion for food and drink. Before joining IKAWA Peter worked with PACT coffee and instantly fell in love with the coffee industry, forming a passion for V60 brewing. His eye for precision and detail serves him well on the line hand assembling roasters each day in his role of production assistant. Outside the workshop, Peter can be found track and road cycling. However since the introduction of Cally (his poodle puppy) Peter spends a lot more time on foot. Cally ought to have a profile of her own, but can regularly be found asleep upside-down in the workshop — or cuddling Ornella in finance!

TIMO SSALI

Production Technician

 

Timo brings an impressive technical background with him to IKAWA. He studied Mechanical Engineering at London South Bank University and worked as a Production Technician making submarines!

Timo was born and raised in Jinja, Uganda (“the most beautiful part of Africa”) and brought with him a love for sports. Since he moved to the UK, he’s been part of the National Baseball League playing for the London Pirates!

CAMAREY DENNIS

Production Technician

 
Camarey joins the IKAWA team from the Supply Chain and Logistics industry. Having spent the last three years at Unipart Rail, and before three years at Burberry in Supply Chain and Fulfillment. Qualified in both Supply Chain and Multi Modal Freight Procedures – Camarey brings a wealth of experience to the production team. Outside IKAWA HQ he runs a music company and spends most of his time training in MMA.

OUR NON EXEC BOARD

PHIL SCHLUTER

Now Managing Director of Olam Speciality Coffee Europe Ltd, and formerly of Schluter Coffee a coffee trading company specialising in East African speciality coffee. Phil was a founding member of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and while based in Liverpool, works all over the world.

Phil has been involved with IKAWA from our early days and his knowledge of the coffee sector – and using IKAWA roasters across the business – has been invaluable.

CHRIS SWORN

Chris brings a wealth of experience from the manufacturing sector to his role as Finance Director on the IKAWA board.

During Chris’ career, he’s been Technical Manager, General Manager and Finance Director of RPC Group PLC which is now a global design and engineering company with centres of excellence worldwide and a turnover in excess of £2bn following floatation which he oversaw in 1993.

BEN IRELAND

Managing Director

ANDREW STORDY

Founder, CTO and Chairman

ROMBOUT FRIELING

As a co-founder of IKAWA, Rombout joined forces with Andrew in the early days at the Royal College of Art, after previously studying at Stanford University and Imperial College London.

He now works independently as an award winning designer, engineer and researcher, and loves to develop new experiences that unleash unused human potential. Rombout has worked with Siemens, Merck and Proctor & Gamble and directed one of Philips’ open labs in Eindhoven where he’s based.

ANDREW CURWEN

Andrew’s career has been based at Deloitte where he’s worked and lived in London, Birmingham, Melbourne and Paris. His roles include Partner, Vice Chairman, Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions; Transaction Services and European and UK Head of Mergers and Acquisitions.

Since his retirement, he and former colleagues have invested in a number of young developing businesses –  and IKAWA is fortunate to benefit from his wisdom.