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Ayo Daramola-Martin Biography – Ayo Daramola-Martin Wiki
Ayo Daramola-Martin is a British professional designer, creator of DAMA Designs, artisan designer on BBC’s Money for Nothing and former marketer. He specialises in making furniture, homeware and wall decor from wood and resin which he describes as ‘Functional Art’. He mainly uses UK grown hardwoods that have been sustainably managed and sourced from local wood yards.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with wood and DAMA Designs is my way of taking a passion for working with wood and contemporary design and turning it into more than just a hobby,” he said. “The name DAMA comes from my Anglo-Nigerian name Daramola-Martin.”
In 2010, Ayo founded his own company to help small and medium-size businesses in the property and construction sector. He had a memorable experience working in the Olympic Village alongside the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in 2012.
Ayo joined the team of artisans featured on BBC1’s Money for Nothing programme in 2021.
Ayo spent most of his career working in Marketing, operating at senior level within Blue Chip companies in manufacturing, industrial services, professional services and the property development and investment sectors.
He worked as Marketing Director for Grosvenor, the privately owned international property company and amongst other activities led the marketing for the company’s £1 billion, 42 acre (17 hectare) Liverpool One. Prior to that he held senior marketing roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with the Lloyds Register Group.
During his time at Lloyd’s Register, Ayo led the marketing within a division of the business and positioned the marketing function as a ‘centre of excellence’ within the Lloyd’s Register Group.
Ayo has international marketing experience including branding, market planning and advising strategic business units on best practice in Europe, Australasia and the Americas.
Ayo has a BSc honours degree from UMIST and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Ayo Daramola-Martin Age
Designer Ayo Daramola-Martin was born in April 1960 in England and raised by a white English family.
Ayo Daramola-Martin Wife
BBC’s Money for Nothing artisan designer Ayo Daramola-Martin is married to his wife Rachel. He told Issuu: “I enjoy visiting the wood yard with my wife, Rachel, finding interesting pieces to work with.”
Ayo Daramola-Martin Money for Nothing
Ayo Daramola-Martin Ethnicity
Money for Nothing’s Ayo Daramola-Martin is of Nigerian ancestry.
Ayo Daramola-Martin’s Instagram handle is @dama_designs.