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Christmas Top 40


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.

Lupe Fernandez

Lupe Fernandez, Executive Assistant to Chairman & CEO

Lupe graduated from Complutense University in Madrid, Spain with a Degree in Translation and Interpretation in 2013. She gained business development experience in a family business during her college years, going on to strengthen those skills through a number of Junior Executive Assistant roles across a range of sectors. She has never let go of her interest in the charity sector since volunteering for Ashoka in 2011, and has found Localgiving to be the perfect place to continue her career whilst making a positive difference to society. Lupe can often be found mastering her tea-making skills in the office or trying to learn some Welsh through our CEO.

Business Development

Chris Dormer

Chris Dormer, Head of Business Development

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. In his spare time you will find him playing football, reading and going to see live music.

Darren Hall

Darren Hall, Corporate Partnerships Manager

Darren originally trained as a Draftsman and previously worked in the legal outsourcing sector as an account manager to a number of high profile law firms. He joined Localgiving in 2014, keen to use his many years of experience to make a positive impact in the third sector. A devoted father, he is passionate about food, martial arts and retiring to a Greek island!

Charity Engagement

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.

Fergus Simpson

Fergus Simpson, Charity Engagement & Support Executive

Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in English. While working at a talent agency in London, he began volunteering at a number of local charities and became focused on working in the third sector full-time. Fergus is excited to be working at Localgiving and the opportunity it gives him to interact with a range of charities. Outside of work he enjoys films, animation and attempting 10k runs.

Sian O'Neill

Sian O'Neill, Project Coordinator - Northern Ireland

After graduating from Ulster University with a degree in Communication and Counselling, Sian worked for a local cancer charity before becoming a full time youth worker with the unenviable challenge of encouraging young people to get engaged with politics! During that time she returned to university to get her Postgrad in Youth and Community Work. She joined Localgiving as the Northern Ireland Co-ordinator in July 2015 and absolutely loves working with the wide spectrum of members across the province. In her spare time she can be found ranting about local politics, reading news stories about pandas and trying to discover her new favourite local band!

Katie Ford

Katie Ford, Scotland Development Manager

Katie graduated from Durham University in 2010 with her BA in Sport, after working for Strathclyde Police in Glasgow from 2003 - 2005. She worked in Business Development for the Leisurejobs Group before setting up her business, London Physical Therapy in 2011 and has over 5 years experience as a Non-Executive Director of local sport charities; Interactive and the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust. She moved back to Glasgow in 2014, where she worked in political campaigning before joining Localgiving. Outside of work, she is an ultra-marathon cyclist and became the youngest British female to finish the 3000 mile Race Across America in 2008, to raise funds and anti-stigma awareness for epilepsy. In 2012 she carried the Olympic flame, on the penultimate day of the London Olympic Torch Relay in Camden.


Kevin Sedgley

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. 

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, Senior 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.

Floyd Joseph

Floyd Joseph, Developer

Floyd has a love for developing software and is excited about using technology to make a positive difference in local communities. The challenges and experiences Localgiving has to offer serves as a constant motivation. He is a keen reader, enjoys writing and is hugely interested in Motorsport.


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 and also holds the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business. 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 & Administration Executive

Louise graduated from Royal Holloway in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and holds a CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. 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.


Lou Coady

Lou Coady, Head of Marketing

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. Lou is passionate about finding innovative solutions to complex social issues and believes that technology has an important role to play in empowering local charities to reach sustainability. In her spare time, she can mostly be found writing and recording music, experimenting with vegan cooking and rifling through vintage clothes markets. 

Lewis Garland

Lewis Garland, Communications Executive

Lewis holds a MSc in Human Rights from the University of Birmingham and a BA in History and Politics from the University of Warwick. After failing to change the world as musician Lewis decided to pursue his passion for human rights and social justice in the not-for-profit sector. The last few years have variously seen him advocating for asylum seekers, working for a research group in Sri Lanka and managing projects in the UK disability sector. Outside of Localgiving Lewis can usually be found reading, writing or ranting; rummaging through second hand shops or twanging on steel strings.

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.

Don Farenheim, Non-Executive Director

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 Business Director at MRAG, an environmental consultancy company. Don is a golf fanatic and has a passionate interest in wildlife and conservation.

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.