The Localgiving Team
Tom Latchford, Chairman
Tom Latchford took over as Chair of Localgiving Foundation in 2017 and is actively involved in helping to scale the impact of the foundation. Following the successful exit of his technology company, Tom is now fully focussed on philanthropy. Tom was founder and CEO of Joyful.org which grew to be the largest nonprofit website and fundraising platform in the UK and AUS before being acquired by the Access Group. Tom is an experienced trustee, and has served on the boards of several charities, most recently chairing a board which included Jude Law, Sam West and Michael Attenborough for the Belarus Free Theatre.
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, Managing Director
Chris has spent the last nine years working to support the local voluntary sector, raising millions in funding for capacity building and match fund programmes. Recognised across the sector as an expert on online fundraising for small charities, Chris regularly contributes at sector events and policy discussions. In his spare time, he volunteers with a number of local charities and runs an amateur football team.
Maryam Nahhal, Operations Coordinator
Maryam recently graduated with an MLitt in International Security Studies at the University of St. Andrews, after completing a BA in International Relations at Queen Mary University. The past few years have seen her juggling degrees with advocacy on and off campus, as well as travelling across Europe. When not ranting about feminism, she can be found exploring niche exhibitions and plays around London, lifting weights at the gym or looking for the next plant to adopt.
Byron Geldard, Membership Coordinator
Byron graduated with a BA (Hons) in Criminology in 2018 from Anglia Ruskin University. During his time at university he developed a passion for the Third Sector and went on to work with and fundraised for a variety of different charities. Byron spends most of his time writing comedy routines.
Chris Breeze, Business Development Manager
Chris graduated with a BA in Music in 2016 from the University of Oxford. Since moving to London in 2017, he has spent his time working across a range of commercial functions in E-commerce, with plenty of musical diversions along the way. He's eager to ditch the corporate speak and get stuck into the challenges of the Third Sector. When not found three (Excel) sheets to the wind, he's likely off chasing the next great gig.
Katie Wootton, Customer Success Executive
Katie graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2017 from Aston University, Birmingham and has always been very interested in charity and fundraising. At university, Katie was the President of the Raise and Give Society, raising thousands for different charities across the UK. Being passionate about human rights, animal welfare and the environment, Katie is determined to have a positive impact on the world around her. In her spare time, Katie enjoys travelling and exploring the world, attending festivals and concerts, live comedy, reading and just about anything that involves food! Having recently moved to East London, she is very excited to see what the South has to offer!
Lauren Swain, Wales National Manager
Lauren graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She began her role as Wales National Manager in 2016, running Localgiving's Wales Development Programme. By 2023, this project will have supported over 500 charitable organisations across every county in Wales to explore online fundraising. During her time at Localgiving, Lauren has also worked as Volunteer and Partnerships Manager. Prior to these roles, Lauren was Fundraising Executive at The Funding Centre, providing fundraising consultancy, as well as Interim Area Fundraising Manager for the MS Society. After graduating, she was selected to join Arts & Business Cymru’s fundraising internship programme for two years. Outside of work Lauren loves theatre, youth work, travelling and eating (although a fair amount of this is done in work as well).
Amy Kordiak, Wales Development Manager
Amy has spent the past 16 years working in the third sector, predominantly in Wales. Amy’s main focus areas have been gender equality and international partnerships; promoting the work of Wales to overseas’ audiences and working alongside key decision makers to influence positive change. In the past, Amy managed four major pieces of research into gender equality in the workplace whilst working for Chwarae Teg. In her spare time, Amy enjoys going on adventures with her daughter Rosie.
Serena Kirillova, Head of Technology
Serena graduated from the Queen Mary University of London in 2010 with a BSc in Computer Science. She is passionate about technology and enjoys using her skills for the benefit of the charity sector. When not tinkering with code, managing projects, automating herself and others or struggling with printers she enjoys the wind against her skin as she cycles around the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, playing music instruments (badly), writing, or having a gaming sesh with friends. Working at Localgiving serves as a constant inspiration and a reminder that work can bring real and tangible benefits to local communities and people around you.
Floyd Joseph, Senior Web 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!
Simisola Adejumo, Junior Web Developer
Simi is an apprentice Web Developer. After her A-levels Simi spent her time teaching herself code before pursuing a career in programming. She is eager to use her new skills to take on challenges to help local communities. She enjoys reading, watching movies, going to festivals and concerts.
Jon Hualde, Front-end Developer
Jon graduated with a BA in real estate. After working a couple of years in sales in various fields (real estate, advertising industry, hospitality industry), he wanted to learn how to create digital products and services. So he decided to teach himself how to code to become a frontend developer. Working at Localgiving allows him to help thousands of charities and communities across Great Britain, and keep sharpening his skills. Apart from learning new technologies skills, he likes to go on long hikes, practice meditation, scuba dive, read and discover new cultures and places.