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The Localgiving Team

Marcelle Speller, Localgiving Executive Chairman

Marcelle Speller OBE, Executive Chairman

Marcelle is the founder of both Localgiving and the Localgiving Foundation. Marcelle graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, before going on to gain more than 10 years experience within leading advertising agencies in London and Amsterdam. She has an MBA from INSEAD and has held various Director and Board-level marketing positions with several multinational companies.

In 1996, Marcelle co-founded Holiday-Rentals.com, Europe’s leading website for advertising private holiday homes. When the company was sold, she attended a workshop at the Institute for Philanthropy, and was inspired to found Localgiving.

In 2011, Marcelle was awarded an OBE for her services to the voluntary sector, in 2013 was awarded a Beacon Fellowship for Pioneering Philanthropy and was named Philanthropist of the Year at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards. In 2014 she received an honorary DCL (Hons) from the University of East Anglia.

Marcelle is also a Director and Trustee of New Philanthropy Capital and a recognised spokesperson for TV, radio and print media for comment on philanthropy issues and how they affect small, local charities and community groups. She has contributed numerous essays and opinion pieces to major publications, including the Cabinet Office’s Giving Green Paper, The Times, The Guardian, Spear’s Magazine and The Economist.

Stephen Mallinson

Stephen Mallinson, Chief Executive

Stephen started his career in telecoms and liked it so much he stayed there for over 30 years. He has worked in large corporates and tiny startups in the UK and the US.  In 2000 he moved to Cambridge to head up ip.access which, under his 11 year leadership, grew to become a world leader in small cellular basestations. After a spot of interim chief executive work, he started a portfolio of projects including developing a TV miniseries, managing creative artists in the UK and US, and chairing a local animation software company.  Having developed a passion for the third sector and CSR for technology companies, he took up the chief executive role of Localgiving in 2014.

A father, Princes Trust business mentor and with a keen interest in contemporary music, Stephen has concluded that competence at electric guitar is still worth striving for, although fluency in Welsh, despite his best efforts and regular exposure to S4C, still escapes him.

 

Charity Engagement

Chris Dormer

Chris Dormer, Business Development 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.

Annalisa Cleland-Awity

Annalisa Cleland-Awity, Charity Engagement & Membership Executive

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

Steph Heyden, Charity Engagement & Marketing Executive

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 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!

Cara Sanquest

Cara Sanquest, Charity Operations & Membership Executive

Cara graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A (Hons) in Economics and Philosophy in 2013. She gained experience working with human rights and advocacy non-profits in Ireland, New York and London. After working as an analyst for a global technology consulting firm, she became interested in how technology can support those doing good in their community, making Localgiving a perfect fit! In her spare time she can be found browsing borrowmydoggy.com, or pretending that she can sing with London Youth Gospel Choir.

Nick Dodd

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.

Julianne Skillen

Julianne Skillen, Project Coordinator, Northern Ireland

Julianne holds a degree in History of Art, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Further Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Arts in the Community from Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked in the community, voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland for 16 years, working within project management and funding in the fields of community development, disability, education, play, arts and Black and Minority Ethnic communities. She has been a non-executive director for several organisations including ArtsEkta and Cahoots Theatre Company NI. She is delighted to be part of the Localgiving team and is looking forward to supporting charities in Northern Ireland. In her down time she can be found reading, practicing yoga, creating floral art and going to live gigs.

 

Technology

Kevin Sedgley, Head of Development

Since reading Software Engineering at Aberystwyth, Kevin has been a software engineer and team leader for ten years, making beautiful software in a variety of fields. He has been programming since the late-eighties, when his Dad bought him an Amstrad CPC 464 to keep him out of trouble. He loves the web, gadgets, and is a great believer in the power of technology to make the world a better place. When not hunched over a glowing screen, Kevin loves the great outdoors, live music and singing.

 

Michel Bartz

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 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.

Alex Kirillov

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. Alex is slowly learning to play the piano, enjoys writing and has a great interest in Japanese language and culture.

Daniel Rodriguez

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 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.

 

Finance

Paul de Freitas

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 mission and wants to help it to succeed in supporting local charities at home in the UK.

Louise Boyd

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.

 

Marketing

Lou Coady

Lou Coady, Marketing Manager

Lou graduated in 2008 from Bath Spa University with a 1st class BA (Hons) in Commercial Music, going on to gain digital marketing experience across a range of sectors, both agency and client-side. She joined Localgiving in 2014, fresh off the boat from Gibraltar, where she previously worked as the Head of Marketing for a tech start-up. In her spare time, Lou can mostly be found writing and recording music, travelling across Europe or training for unusual sporting events. Lou is proud to be part of the Localgiving mission and is excited to be helping to drive forward its growth.


Non-Executive Directors

 
Claire Gouzouli, Non-Executive Director

Claire Gouzouli

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, Localgiving Non-Executive Director

Stephen Hammersley, CBE

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.

 

Don Fahrenheim

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, Localgiving Non-Executive Director

Tim Boughton

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, Localgiving Non-Executive Director

Richard Coundley

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.

 
Paul Lomas, Localgiving Non-Executive Director

Paul Lomas

Paul is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and head of its general industries group, where he handles a wide range of dispute resolution work, from commercial litigation and corporate criminality to cases with a strong economic or regulatory aspect, including EU and competition law. Paul holds an MBA from INSEAD and studied Natural Sciences and Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Paul is the co-editor/author of the leading text book Corporate Internal Investigations:  An International Guide, published by Oxford University Press, now being updated for the second edition.