Meet the Big Give team

The Big Give team are always on hand to guide donors and charities through our many products and services. You can get in touch with any of us by emailing, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sir Alec Reed, Founder of the Big Give and Chairman of the Reed Foundation

Sir Alec Reed launched in October 2007 and still plays a large part in the running of the organisation. A generous philanthropist and entrepreneur, Sir Alec previously founded the Reed Foundation which funds the Big Give, making it free to all users. Sir Alec is also the Founder of Reed Specialist Recruitment, one of the largest recruitment solution providers in the country with over 400 branches and, Europe’s largest commercial job website.

The Big Give Board of Philanthropists

The Big Give is proud to be supported by our Board of Philanthropists. These exceptional individuals from the private, public and charitable sectors promote the site to other high-level donors and provide invaluable feedback as users.

Please note that our supporters will not respond to unsolicited charity appeals. If charity information is well presented on the Big Give, they will contact the charity directly if they wish to discuss funding.

Lord Bell
- Chair, Bell Pottinger Communications
- MD, Saatchi & Saatchi 1970-85
Lord Gavron CBE
- Chair, Guardian Media Group 1997-2000
- Director, Royal Opera House 1992-98
Lord Haskins
- Chairman, Northern Foods 1986-2002
Lord Joffe CBE
- represented Nelson Mandela at trial in 1963-64
- Chair of the Government’s Giving Campaign, 2001-04
Lord Rana MBE JP
- Founder & Managing Director, Andras House
- Founder, Rana Charitable Trust
Lord Salisbury PC DL
- Leader of the House of Lords from 1994-97
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
- MP for Worthing West
Sir Adrian Cadbury DL
- Chair, Cadbury Schweppes 1975-89
- Director, Bank of England 1970-94
Sir Vernon Ellis
– Former international chairman, Accenture
– Chairman, English National Opera
Sir Peter Mason, KBE CBE DL
- Chief Executive, AMEC 1996-2006
Sir Alec Reed CBE
– Founder, Reed Specialist Recruitment
– Founder, the Big Give
Sir Sigmund Sternberg KCSG JP
– Founder, Three Faiths Forums
– Chairman, Martin Slowe Estates
Sir Hugh Sykes DL
– Chairman, Renaissance South Yorkshire
– Chair, Yorkshire Bank 1999-2004
Hamish Donaldson DL
- Former Chief Executive, Hill Samuel Bank
Sir Charles Dunstone
- Founder, Carphone Warehouse
Frank Field
- MP for Birkenhead
Martha Lane-Fox
- Founder,
- Founder, Antigone Trust
Martyn Lewis CBE
- Chairman, Teliris & NICE TV
- Chairman & Founder, YouthNet UK
- Trustee, Windsor Leadership & EduTrust
- President, United Response
Frank Kirwan
- Former Trustee of Oxfam
- Director of RBS; Grahma Tech
Frederick Mulder, Dr
- Founder of the Funding Network
- Beacon Fellowship
Simon Murdoch
- Launched
- Founder,
Judith Rich OBE
- Co-founder, Institute of Fundraising
- Founding Director, Cards for Good Causes
Jon Snow
- Channel 4 Journalist
Michael Spencer
John Spiers
- Founder, BestInvest
Larry Sullivan
- Chairman and Co-founder of COINS
- Director, Total Objects
- Chairman, Oasis Solutions
Stuart Wallis FCA CTA
- Chairman, Protherics


Reed Foundation

Reed Foundation is the charitable arm of Reed Specialist Recruitment and distributes all of its funds through the Big Give Christmas Challenges. The Foundation also funds the day to day running of the Big Give, which makes it free for both charities and donors to use.


very worthwhile, imaginative initiative

Lord Rana MBE JP

a marvellous idea, and a very lively and appealing website.

Sir Sigmund Sternberg

a terrific website - it is going to make a colossal difference to the charity world.

Martin Lewis CBE