The Big Give Team
The Big Give is run by a small team in Holborn. Sir Alec Reed is still involved and is currently the chair of our board of trustees.
Reed.co.uk contribute generously to the costs of the Big Give making it free to use for charities and individuals. We are extremely grateful to everyone at reed.co.uk for the financial and pro bono support they provide.
Meet our team
Alex Day, Director
As Director of the Big Give, I am responsible for developing and implementing strategy, and managing our key relationships.
Since graduating from Exeter University in 2005, I have worked in non-profit management across a variety of roles.
I completed an MA in Charity Management in 2015 which included a thesis entitled ‘Impact Bonds: The future of disaster resilience funding?’.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing and watching sports (particularly football and rugby), spending time with my family, real ale and travel.
Gaurav Shandilya, Website Manager
I have worked with the Big Give since May 2014, when I joined the team as Website Manager.
I handle all technical projects and work to keep thebiggive.org.uk up and running 24/7.
Prior to this I worked with various software and online companies while gaining experience from creating software for payment terminals to online gaming websites.
The best part of working with the Big Give is being able to express yourself among a very dedicated team and make an impact in a BIG WAY!
Rachel Earnshaw, Charity Relationship Manager
I look after the wide range of exciting charities that we are fortunate to work with at the Big Give. I lead on key elements of our match funding campaigns as well as managing the other tools and services we offer to charities.
I joined the Big Give from the Teach First Innovation Unit where I managed a co-working innovation hub of education entrepreneurs and led on the communications strategy.
I am passionate about travel, am a fluent French speaker and have previously lived in America, Grenoble and most recently Paris where I worked for BBC Worldwide. Outside the office, I take a keen interest in health and fitness, and music.
Barbara Nahalkova, Operations Manager
As Digital Projects and Operations Manager, I am responsible for making sure our projects are running smoothly and resolving any day to day issues we may be facing. Before I joined the Big Give, I worked in the private sector, where I developed my skills in project management.
My passion for international development eventually led me to work for a charity in Tanzania, where I enjoyed my time working at a local school and supporting causes that I am passionate about.
In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and getting to know new cultures and their food, practising yoga, jogging, and hiking.
Laura Walmsley, Operations Executive
As Operations Executive, I am the first point of contact for anyone getting in touch with the Big Give and work particularly closely with charities to ensure they make the most of the campaigns and services we offer. I also look after our Philanthropy in Schools programme.
I love language and worked in book publishing before the charity sector. Outside of work I support a social enterprise offering language tutoring by refugees and enjoy speaking Spanish at any opportunity having lived in Ecuador and Colombia.
Jason Fung, Full Stack Developer
As a Full Stack Developer I work closely with the Website Manager providing adhoc bug fixes, implementing new features, IT Support and new ideas for The Big Give.
I am the youngest member of the team graduating from University of Portsmouth in 2014. I have a huge passion for IT which helped me achieve a BSc in Computer Science.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, going to the gym exploring new places.
Did I mention I can only work with 2 or more screens?