Our Story

CharitySaver was born in the midst of the Covid pandemic when charities were suffering as never before, unable to utilise most of the traditional fundraising methods they had previously relied on and desperately needing ways to reduce their costs.

Faced with Covid restraints and national lockdowns, many charities turned to online fundraising platforms, paying high card processing fees, platform fees and membership fees to the organisations that run these platforms.

Charities needed a solution, a low cost way to raise funds and a central point where they can go when they need help or advice, reduce costs, and get the support they need to continue their great work.

The result is CharitySaver. For the first time charities can fundraise online, getting an average of over 99% of each donation, and access a growing range of services, both free and discounted, letting charities reduce costs, have real support, increase their income, grow their number of supporters and attract volunteers. CharitySaver is one stop shop for charities - the engine room that every charity needs.

Our Mission

CharitySaver has created a vital support hub for charities and non-profits around the world, enabling them to reduce costs and to spend more on providing their services. At the same time we have provided them with the cheapest way to fundraise online, being 50%+ cheaper than using online fundraising platforms. Our mission is to continue to widen the support for charities around the world, providing a central point for charities to go to make best use of donations, and where donors can be sure that their donation will be used efficiently

Meet the Team

Ian Richardson
Chief Executive

Ian has enjoyed a career as a UK newspaper publisher within mainstream media and also successfully launched and overseen the growth of 5 National Magazines, in print and of course digital.

He has always supported charities with Press Releases and New Initiatives that have helped raise funds and awareness. Ian firmly believes that Zero fundraising costs is just the start of what charities should expect. He truly aspires to utilise his experience, to contribute to this initiative and believes 'We only have what we give'.

Les Robinson
Head of IT/Admin

A Quaker entrepreneur and former trustee of a £7m p.a charity, Les has 40 years business experience with a history of introducing industry disrupting business models and has built multiple successful businesses since starting his first business as a teenager.

The first to introduce fixed price billing to the accountancy profession, he is now helping Charity Saver in it's global growth program to support and advise charities of all sizes around the world.

David Angell
Chief Digital Officer

David has worked in digital marketing, SEO and communications since 2004. Notably, he worked as an award-winning member of the AdWords team at Google’s EMEA HQ advising companies from SME to multi-national.

He also launched and managed Google’s UK programmes for Google Grants, Google Earth Outreach and the YouTube non-profit programme. He also ran Online Communications for former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg prior to and through the 2010 election.

David is a huge advocate of supporting the Non profit sector Worldwide and he truly believes in utilising his knowledge and skills to support them on that journey.

Carol Owen
Global Programs Officer

Carol's career was in publishing. She finally escaped the corporate World to follow her dream of working voluntarily on a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, which turned into a 5 year long adventure helping to rehabilitate, rescue and release African wildlife.

Loving Africa, she relocated from the UK to South Africa and lives in the mother city, Cape Town, where she has continued to support wildlife charities, as well as adopting 4 Four legged friends.

Carol has become part of our dedicated team as, Global Programs Officer, with the key role of spreading awareness to all Charities and Non Profits. A true Ambassador for Charity Saver Worldwide.

Claire Walker
Board Member (Chair)

Claire is the CEO of Firefly Communications Group, she has been at the helm of the PR agency since she founded it in 1988. Firefly shapes the reputations of technology businesses in Europe, accelerating their success. Claire supports the groups offices in London, Munich and Paris. Supporting the client base in all those countries as an exec coach or on particularly challenging communications briefs. She also carries out work for non Firefly clients and individuals through Enable Coaching.

On a voluntary basis she has also been a board member of the PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association) and chairs the PRCA Professional Practices Committee, which upholds the PRCA Code of Conduct dealing with complaints and investigations into disputes and breaches. Claire is also the founding member of the GEC, the Global Ethics Council for the PR and Communications industry worldwide.

She has guest lectured on reputation, PR and comms at a number of universities and colleges and has debated good ethical practice in PR at the House of Commons.

Craig Mellor
Board Member

Craig is the Worldwide Supply Chain Director of the Kellogg Company based in the USA.

He has supported Brain and Colon Cancer Charities and offers Charity Saver his advice on analytical and process-oriented expertise and planning processes.

Julie Chambers
Board Member

Julie has enjoyed a rewarding career in Retail over the last 43 Years and has been successful in holding Senior Management positions at companies including Sears, Arcadia and Benetton.

Her commercial knowledge, experience and conscientious approach has led her to manage the prosperous performance of the retail shops of a major UK Charity across the Midlands for the last eight years.

Mel Kirk
Board Member

Mel has been working at Maggs for over 18 years. Starting as a volunteer then becoming volunteer co-ordinator, and then taking over as Chief Executive. Mel has always been able to lead by example and has the innate ability to give rough sleepers dignity in a very unforgiving society. Mel strongly believes that developing a sense of dignity and self-worth is the start of the process to enable people to make positive change.

Mel is also the Chair of a furniture recycling charity called Armchair and a trustee of Worcester Municipal Charities. Her wealth of experience, knowledge and sheer positive drive is such a valuable asset to Charity Saver.

Nick Petford
Board Member
A British academic and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton. Previously he was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Bournemouth University and before that Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Kingston University. He has also worked for BP and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world. As an academic he is known for his expertise in magmatic systems and volcanology. His publicly available Google Scholar Nick Petford account records over 200 journal articles, pieces of journalism, published abstracts and book chapters in this and other fields. He is a deputy lieutenant for Northamptonshire and in 2021 was granted Freedom of the City of London