The Localgiving Team
Tom Latchford, Chairman
Tom Latchford is CEO of Raising IT, the UK market leading website and fundraising platform, which is helping hundreds of charities raise millions of pounds. Tom is also Chairs the board of Belarus Free Theatre, an internationally acclaimed theatre company standing up for the basic right of universal self expression. Tom is a trustee of Hubbub, an environmental campaigns charity and volunteers each week at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is an international keynote speaker on fundraising and digital marketing.
Marcelle Speller, Founder and Philanthropic Supporter
Marcelle Speller is the founder of both Localgiving and the Localgiving Foundation. 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, she was awarded a Beacon Fellowship for Pioneering Philanthropy and was named Philanthropist of the Year at Spear’s Wealth Management Awards. In 2014, she received an honorary DCL (Hons) from the University of East Anglia.
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.
Louise Boyd, Head of Finance and Operations
Louise graduated from Royal Holloway in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and holds a CIMA Diploma In Management Accounting (CIMA DIP MA). 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.
Lewis Garland, Communications Manager
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 a 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.
Emma Rawlingson, Programmes Manager
Emma graduated from the University of Essex in 2011 with a Ba (Hons) in History. Since then she has worked for two community foundations, helping local voluntary organisations to become sustainable. Emma is passionate about supporting small charities and community groups to enable them to grow. In her spare time Emma likes to see the world and can often be found planning her next trip. When at home she enjoys horse riding, running and cycling.
Ceri Mugford, Charity Membership & Support Executive
Ceri joined Localgiving, after previously working for the RSPB for two and half years. She attended Bath Spa University, where she studied Development Geography, focusing on the impacts charities have on communities within the UK and internationally. She has previously volunteered for local charities within the UK and abroad, where she saw first-hand how vital groups can be for the individuals they help. She enjoys travelling, especially when it involves scuba diving and discovering the natural world.
Conor Kelly, Charity Training & Development Manager
Conor graduated with a BA (Hons) in History, Sociology and Political Science in 2014 from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He then went on to study an MA in European Public Policy from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After University, he worked in a variety of different jobs for progressive organisations in New York including a former US Congressman's campaign for District Attorney of Staten Island, a fundraising campaign for Doctors Without Borders, and college recruitment drives for the Democratic Party.Conor is passionate about local activism and would love to speak with any organizations in London who are looking to grow their online presence. As a London newcomer, he spends most of his free time getting lost in London markets and trying to cope with Manchester United’s recent unfortunate dip in form.
Regional Development Programme
James Carlin, Bath & North East Somerset Development Manager
James has been working in the not-for-profit sector since 2005 including roles at UNICEF, The National Archives and Bristol University. A dedicated Bath City FC supporter, he can often be found leading the singing on the terraces at Twerton Park.
Lauren Swain, South Wales Development Manager
Lauren graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Having now made the city her home, she has joined Localgiving to help support small charities in South Wales. Prior to this Lauren was Fundraising Executive at The Funding Centre, providing fundraising consultancy to a range of charity clients. This work also included working as Interim Area Fundraising Manager for the MS Society for 1 year, focusing on community fundraising in Wales. Prior to joining The Funding Centre, she was selected to join Arts & Business Cymru’s fundraising internship programme for 2 years. Outside of work Lauren loves theatre, youth work, travelling and eating (although a fair amount of this is done in work as well).
Emma Jones, North Wales Development Manager
Emma’s passion for the voluntary sector began when she spent 12 months working with grassroots community groups in Merthyr Tydfil whilst studying for an MSc in Research. After graduation, Emma began volunteering for a Young People’s charity that had helped her when she was younger - she’s been a regular volunteer there ever since! Before joining Localgiving, Emma worked for a County Voluntary Council where she supported a diverse range of third sector organisations with a variety of issues – from governance to planning fundraising events. When she's not at work, Emma can be found compiling music playlists, reading about dinosaurs or being taken for a walk by her 3 dogs.
Alex Kirillov, Development Team Leader
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.
Floyd Joseph, Software 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.
Sergi Rodriguez, Software Developer
Hailing from Barcelona, Sergi is an experienced web developer. He loves learning about the latest technology and always has a number of side projects on the go! Outside of work, he enjoys games, movies, travelling and trying food from countries around the world.
Support our work
If you're interested in helping Localgiving to make an even bigger difference, we'd love to hear from you.
Like many of the thousands of groups we work with, Localgiving is also working towards sustainability. By diversifying our income sources to include earned income, grants and generous donations from philanthropists, corporates and other funders, our hope is that we can continue to serve the local voluntary sector long into the future.
How you can help:
- Leverage your philanthropy by supporting our programmes
- Donate to Localgiving and help us continue supporting local charities across the UK