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.
Sabina W. Saviane, Operations Manager
I am responsible for executing the strategic vision of the Big Give and finding creative solutions to problems and issues we face every day. Over the years I have been involved with many non-profit organisations, so I am passionate about the work the Big Give does to connect donors, charities and beneficiaries in a positive way.
I have studied in Dublin, Paris and London and hold an MA in Central European Studies from University College London.
I am an Agile enthusiast and like to explore new ideas. I enjoy Formula 1, learning Italian and feel strongly about the slow food and slow fashion movements.
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.
Lizzie Hulton-Harrop, Operations Executive
I joined the Big Give in September 2015, after gaining an MA in Charity Management with distinction from St Mary’s University. I am responsible for supporting a variety of functions across the Big Give, including marketing and communications, and technical development. I also oversee the strategic development of the Philanthropy in Schools programme.
Prior to joining the Big Give, I worked in the education sector in both the UK and France. This experience alongside my passion for international voluntary work led me to establish an educational and cultural partnership between an independent school in the UK and in Uganda.
Outside of my professional and voluntary work, I enjoy speaking French, playing the cello and piano, and learning to code.