Our Team

Fergus Somers

Fergus Somers

Managing Director

Fergus is a furniture design teacher in CSN in Cork, with an interest in 3D design and digital fabrication.

Tony Farrell

Tony Farrell

Director

Tony Farrell is a successful woodturner, his work has been exhibited internationally and is on sale both online and in retail. He is former engineering lecturer in CIT and current chair of Cork Craft & Design.

David Scannell

David Scannell

Director

David works full time in the Technology Industry and in his spare time is interested in all aspects of making including digital but primarily woodwork, 

Alice Dooley

Alice Dooley

Director

Alice is a former Adult Education teacher with a background in Business. She currently works in IT and lasercutting. She is currently focussed on the development of a Digital Making space at Benchspace.

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Director

Peter is a keen woodworker and when he’s not hard at it in Benchspace, he spends his time working in Finance.

Ian Barron

Ian Barron

Director

Ian comes to us from Open Works Baltimore and brings  his extensive experience in running Co-Making Spaces. His interests include digital making and textiles.

Christine Byrne

Christine Byrne

Director

A Sculptor & Cork Craft and Design Board member with extensive experience in the Irish Maker Community. Christine brings a wealth of experience to the board

Sam Russell

Sam Russell

Director

Head of Product Design at NCAD and PELARS NCAD Principal Investigator.

Maeve Murphy

Maeve Murphy

Operations Manager

Maeve is a passionate advocate for Irish craft & design and has over 10 years of experience spanning arts management and practice across multiple disciplines.