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Marcelle Speller, OBE, Executive Chairman

The Founder and funder of Localgiving.com, Marcelle spent ten years in advertising, earned an MBA at INSEAD, and held Director and Board level marketing positions with several multinational corporations. She co-founded Holiday-Rentals.com, Europe’s leading website for advertising private holiday homes. When the company was sold, Marcelle attended a workshop at the Institute for Philanthropy, and was inspired to found Localgiving.com.  She is a supporter of several local charities, and sits on the UKCF strategy committee. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the voluntary sector, and in 2013 was awarded a Beacon Fellowship for Pioneering Philanthropy.

Claire Gouzouli, Non-Executive Director

Claire has been a strategy consultant in a wide range of sectors around the world. In 1990, she co-founded First Consulting before becoming chair of Vitamin Brands until its sale in 2008.  She is the senior outside advisor to one of Greece’s largest shipping families. Claire is an active angel investor and has been a volunteer for INSEAD for over 10 years where she has also served as a Board member. She has been President of both the UK and the Global Alumni Associations, and a trustee of the Alumni Fund.  A Greek national, Claire holds Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Germany and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Stephen Hammersley, CBE, Non-Executive Director

Stephen Hammersley joined UKCF, formerly the Community Foundation Network, in 2004 as Chief Executive. UKCF supports and represents UK Community Foundations, the country's leading independent funders of charitable community activity. Stephen joined UKCF from Tearfund where he was Director responsible for pro-poor enterprise. Prior to that Stephen spent 17 years at Barclays, ending up as Head of Marketing for what is now a division of Barclays Wealth. Stephen is Chair of the Leprosy Mission's trading company, runs part of his church's youth activity and chairs the UK fundraising committee for a refugee hostel in Nepal.

Doug Laughlen, Non-Executive Director

With an engineering degree from Canada’s University of Waterloo and an MBA from INSEAD in France, Doug has worked with very small companies, and international giants around the world.  He started his first software company while at university, and continued to build, manage and finance early stage firms in areas of technology and business.   Doug served on the International and UK boards of the INSEAD Alumni association and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. An executive coach, father, lover of contemporary design and avid traveller, his biggest passion (apart from wife and kids) is the social impact of technology and how it can change our world for the better.

Don Fahrenheim, Non-Executive Director

After attending University in South Africa, Don came to the UK in 1980 and joined KPMG (then Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co) where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He spent a little over 10 years with the firm before venturing into industry and joining UK & Europe of AECOM Technology Corporation and its predecessor companies where he was Chief Financial Officer for many years. He is currently the Commercial & Finance Director of Temple Group Limited, an Environmental Consultancy. Don is a golf fanatic and has a passionate interest in wildlife and conservation.

Tim Boughton, Non-Executive Director

Tim Boughton is Chief Technical Officer at Mention Me, a customer acquisition platform for businesses designed to maximise the potential of refer-a-friend.  Tim founded the company in 2012 having spent nine years at HomeAway Group where he was responsible for the technology teams running various market-leading holiday rental websites across Europe.  Tim has a MEng from Cambridge University, and spent his early career as a senior consultant with PA Consulting. Tim says he works best “at the interface between technology and business”.  Although grounded in technology, he is also an experienced online marketer with skills that range from brand positioning to web analytics.

Richard Coundley, Non-Executive Director

Richard Coundley is an angel investor and internet entrepreneur, who co-founded Holiday-Rentals.com with Marcelle Speller. With a degree in civil engineering from Bristol University, and an MBA from the London Business School, he's been a consulting engineer on projects around the world.  At National Power, Richard worked in major investment appraisal, overseas acquisitions and a review of the company’s overhead. He believes in using technology to open up new business opportunities and says his experience has taught him to “understand technology, think globally and rewrite the rules.”  Richard is an instrument-rated private pilot and is currently engaged on a "Grand Designs" type project re-building his home in the New Forest.