TheGivingMachine was set up in 2006 by four Hertfordshire Dads who agreed to use their different business skills to benefit charities and schools rather than profits for shareholders.
Since then, we’ve grown to become a larger team with an excellent mix of skills but with a passion to champion the thousands of causes, by bringing together the causes important to our community of shopper/givers together with our partners, the retailers.
Find out more about us below.
Luisa is our Head of Operations and is responsible for the smooth running of all operations including marketing, retailer, partner and cause relationships. Having started working for TheGivingMachine in 2010, Luisa has seen our Charity grow and develop. Luisa is a wife and mum of two girls and would love to write a novel, when she has some spare time.
Nicola manages our overall technology strategy and all new technology and development projects within the team and she ensures the ‘machine’ keeps running for all our givers, retailers and causes. A wife and mum to a very active lad, Nicola loves to keep fit, spend time with her family and make amazing jewellery.
Michelle supports the team with all aspects of administration and manages some of our social media platforms. With a background in healthcare, Michelle has a passion for helping others. A mum of one human and one fur baby, she enjoys spending time with her family, long dog walks in the countryside, and writing.
Louise looks after our customer enquiries. A mum to two girls, who keep her very busy! In her spare time she goes to the gym and loves spending time with friends and family.
Jonathan is a co-founder and our Finance Director (former Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland). Jonathan is married with two grown up children and loves to swim, act and sing as well as playing golf and tennis.
Craig is a Co-founder and our Technical Director who runs his own digital design agency too, Brilliant Limited. Craig has created many assets and creatives since our inception. He loves time out with his children, classic Volkswagens, martial arts and all weather cycling, running and camping!
Mark is a co-founder and advises us on marketing and branding. He is a Partner in a business development consultancy that specialises in growing creative businesses. Married and dad to three grown up children, Mark lives in Brighton, loves to swim and enjoys music & contemporary art.
As Chief Executive and co-founder, Richard is the only director who works as a member of the 'Ops Team. He manages the development programme, leads major projects, drives the team and ensures that everything runs smoothly. Richard is responsible for promoting TheGivingMachine to the wider community to help connect us to organisations such as the Social Enterprise Mark CIC, Deloitte Social Pioneers, and other similar groups. He is married with 2 children and 1 dog, Sid.
Stanley’s main role is to demand attention at all times, eat, sleep, and repeat. Oh and to be super cute which comes naturally!
Sid's main role is to bark whenever the door goes, anyone comes in or out of the work-space or anything unexpected happens. He is an unbelievably cheeky chappie.
Red’s main role is to take a noisy drink and jump up whilst Nicola is on calls. When not disrupting/entertaining the team on calls, she likes to chase her Uncle Hobson and force him to play with her. She’s adorable and she knows it!
Hobson’s main role is to be the Yoga master of the group. Always relaxed and largely horizontal he takes everything in his stride/sleep. When not mastering downward facing dog he likes to try and escape the chaos that is his niece Red by hiding under Nicola’s desk!