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, 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, 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.


Emma Rawlingson

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

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

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.


Nicola Hanna

Nicola Hanna, Project Coordinator - Northern Ireland

Nicola has been working in the voluntary sector since 2009 and prior to joining Localgiving was working for the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Fund.  She has a real passion for the voluntary sector and has gained valuable experience supporting charities fundraising activities while working in the UK and Australia. In her spare time she can be found pumping iron in the gym, trying out new recipes or volunteering for local charities. 



Sian O'Neill

Sian O'Neill, Project Coordinator - Northern Ireland (currently on maternity leave)

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!


Joe Burns

Joe Burns, North-West Development Manager

Joe graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 2011. Not long after graduating he volunteered for a local NHS charitable trust, and eventually wound up working as a corporate fundraiser at the road safety charity, Brake - a post he held for 3 years. A proud Mancunian, Joe has joined Localgiving with a view to help support charities back in his native North West. Outside of work Joe is a seasonticket holder for perennial comedy club Manchester City, is trying and somewhat failing to gain a degree of competence on the guitar, and enjoys (if that is the correct term) keeping fit through running.


James Carlin  

James Carlin, Bath & North East Somerset Development Manager

James was brought up in Bath before moving to Brighton to study Geography at the University of Sussex. After graduating in 2004, he spent the next 10 years working for various London based not-for-profits - including CPRE, UNICEF and The National Archives. In 2015 he decided to move back home to Bath, where he spent a year working as Telephone Fundraising Manager for The University of Bristol before joining Localgiving in 2016. A dedicated Bath City FC supporter, he can often be found leading the singing on the terraces at Twerton Park.


Lauren Swain

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

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

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

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

Sergi Rodriquez, 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.




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, Operations Manager

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 veggie cooking and rifling through vintage clothes markets. 


Lewis Garland

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. 


Non-Executive Directors 

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 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.



Support our work

If you're interested in helping us 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:

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