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Our team at Localgiving.com

Technology – innovation leads the way:

Michel Bartz, Chief Technical Officer

Michel has a Bsc in Software Engineering as well as a Bsc in Communication and Internet Marketing, and over five years experience in very challenging industries such as e-commerce, mobile applications and digital signage. As a developer, web architect and manager, Michel is very excited to work at Localgiving.com and to be given the opportunity to make a difference by helping charities grow their presence online. When not on a computer, you’ll find Michel playing guitar, going to hear live music or mountain biking.

Alvaro Nistal, Web Designer

Alvaro is a user interface designer and front-end developer with more than five years of freelance and commercial experience in digital, mobile and print design. He is proud to be a part of the Localgiving.com team and to help local charities to fund-raise. Out of the office, you can see Alvaro working on challenging web design projects.

Alex Kirillov, Systems Support Manager

After graduating from the Queen Mary University of London in 2010 with a BSc in Computer Science, Alex found the perfect place to start his career at Localgiving.com. Alex is slowly learning to play the piano, enjoys writing and has a great interest in Japanese language and culture.

Daniel Rodriguez, Back End Developer

Daniel received his degree in Computer Engineering from Autonomous University of Barcelona and went to work in the engineering consultancy sector. After five years, he moved to e-commerce projects and mobile development. Daniel believes that Localgiving.com is a great opportunity and he likes the idea that his work helps charities to fundraise in an innovative way. He enjoys sports training, and taking part in competitions including running, swimming and biking.

Charity Engagement – support and inspiration:

Chris Dormer, Charity Engagement Manager

In 2009 Chris graduated from the University of Kent with a BA (Hons) in Politics & International Relations. Drawing on his experience working in grassroots community organisations both in the UK and abroad, Chris enjoys working with local charities through Localgiving.com. In his spare time you will find him playing football, reading and going to see live music.

Vajiha Hameed, Charity Engagement Assistant

Vajiha graduated from The University Of Nottingham in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. She spent her four years at University involved extensively in fundraising and event planning, volunteering and working with BBC Radio Sheffield, fuelling her love for the sector. The concept of giving locally was instilled in her from a young age when she would sell buns for local causes, and since then she has been a firm believer in the vital work local charities carry out. Vajiha is a keen photographer and artist, and places family before everything!

Annalisa Cleland-Awity, Charity Engagement Intern

Annalisa graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA (Hons) in History in 2013. She has been involved in lending a hand to those in need from a very young age. Annalisa is a keen observer of international development issues, but strongly believes that those right on our doorstep are often forgotten. In her spare time she likes to eat out, travel or her inner history geek takes up some sort of research project. She is also a self- taught pianist who can waste hours on YouTube learning a new song.

Steph Heyden, Charity Engagement Intern

Steph graduated in 2012 from the University of Sussex with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology. After taking five months off to explore South and Central America, Steph decided she was ready to get involved with helping people more locally. She is excited to be part of Localgiving.com and hopes to make a valuable contribution to the team. In her spare time she is trying to learn Spanish with loose plans to take up salsa. You will also find her improving her baking skills, so any orders welcome!

Nick Dodd, Project Coordinator, North Yorkshire

Nick graduated from Lancaster University in 2010 with a degree in English Language. He secured an internship at The Young Foundation giving unemployed graduates the skills to find work. He worked at PR companies in Sheffield and Manchester, before joining the youth empowerment charity Envision in 2012, delivering the government’s National Citizen Service programme, and then coordinating the marketing, outreach and engagement of Inspiring Action – a project enabling young people to make a difference in their community. He enjoys playing piano, exercising and cinema.

Finance – finding easy ways to give:

Paul de Freitas, Financial Controller

Paul graduated in 2010 from the University of Bath with a Bsc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science. He has experience overseas in conservation work, volunteering in North-East Brazil for Amainan in collaboration with Soundwood UK. In his free time, Paul enjoys travelling abroad, a Saturday hockey match and a trip to the cinema for Orange Wednesday. Paul loves being a part of the Localgiving.com mission and wants to help it to succeed in supporting local charities at home in the UK.

Louise Boyd, Finance Assistant

Louise graduated from Royal Holloway in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science. With experience in both domiciliary care and working for her local council in housing and homelessness, she has seen how local charities support the most vulnerable people in our communities and knows how much support they need to be able to continue this vital work. When not at work you can usually find Louise with her nose stuck in a book or dancing in the kitchen while trying out new recipes from her extensive collection of cookery books.

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