Meet our Team

We all have our specialities and when put together that provides the unique service of bringing people together through delicious food experiences.

Damien Pestell

Started Community Oven in 2015 with little more than a spark of an idea, which lit the fire. A local lad who has a lot of energy for people, food and making change through business.

Michele Macaro

The real deal, an amazing pizzaiolo who runs our food operation. Michele grew up between Rome and Naples and is dedicated to bringing his amazing cuisine to Sussex.

Dot Kirk

A native Northerner but fluent French and Italian speaker Dot looks after the Community side of our business. Dot has been a Community organiser for a number of years and is an expert at creating change in communities

Miles Young

Our young gun, trainee pizzaiolo and another local lad. Miles can cook a mean Margherita and you won’t meet a nicer or harder working young person. Miles is currently studying for his A-Levels but can be found every Friday in Heathfield.

Daniel Shindler

Daniel has tons of passion for Community engagement and making a difference through long standing relationships in the community. Daniel spent 33 years teaching Drama in a wide range of communities from rural to international to inner city and is a BIG foodie!

Kerry Slater

Kerry is a Brightonian with so much passion for her city and a desire to engage with people around her it is quite inspiring! We are working together to launch Community Oven in Brighton and is a trainee pizzaiola!

Tom James

Tom is the brains of the operation! A great organiser with a passion for people, community and pizza. Tom is helping community oven to develop and evolve as a business and a CIC

Nathan Lawson

Nathan is our newest member of the Community Oven family and is a trainee pizzaiola with great potential. Nathan is a very fast learner, smart and ambitious! Great to have him on board.

Hannah Chapman

Hannah is a legend! She is like an angel who came from nowhere to help us launch Community Oven Brighton. Hannah has and does work in Social Enterprise, as well as being an entrepreneur and previously managed a pizza company so has plenty of experience and is a great teacher!

We invite you to be a part of our vision & to make a difference