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, 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.
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.
Conor Kelly, Partnerships & Programmes Manager
Conor graduated with a BA (Hons) in History, Sociology and Political Science 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 organisations who are looking to grow their online presence. He spends most of his free time getting lost in London's markets and museums.
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.
James Carlin, West of England 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, 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).
Alex Kirillov, Head of Technology
Alex graduated from the Queen Mary University of London in 2010 with a BSc in Computer Science. He is passionate about technology and enjoys using his skills for the benefit of the charity sector. When not tinkering with code, managing projects, automating himself and others or struggling with printers he enjoys the wind against his skin as he cycles around 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 does not need to be about shareholder profits but can bring real and tangible benefits to local communities.
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.