Monday 15 August 2016, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members.

Eleanor Harrison (CEO, GlobalGiving)
Rachel Smith (Director of Operations and Programmes, GlobalGiving)


Eleanor and Rachel will share the key challenges they face as a digital first company balancing cost, application skill and impact and where they have both succeeded and failed in seeking to scale the global crowdfunding community, GlobalGiving. They will provide a rare opportunity to see the back-end of the GlobalGiving systems and how they have integrated their own technology with different third party suppliers.

They will also discuss the opportunities around SME collaboration to maximise IT investments for long term benefit and reduced cost.

About the speakers:

Eleanor HarrisonEleanor Harrison, OBE – CEO

In climatic terms, Eleanor is whirlwind, a benevolent whirlwind but a whirlwind nonetheless - the kind that might pick you up and set you down on a yellow brick road in a burst of magic dust. Eleanor's indefatigable energy has led to her to accumulating a wealth of experience in leading teams in the non-profit sector both in the UK and overseas. She was the Director of Action for Children in Conflict (2007-2011), a grassroots charity working with street and other vulnerable children and their families in Thika District, Kenya.

She worked for the Refugee Council developing and implementing office and community projects for refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands, UK. She has also worked with young people in Uganda on HIV/AIDS issues, with rural schools in Western Kenya on educational resource development, taught in Bosnia and conducted research work in Australia and the UK for charities. Eleanor was awarded a Groundbreakers Scholarship (2013) for emerging women leaders in the charity sector; a Paul Harris Fellowship Award (2009) for her community service work.

She was also nominated for a Community Service Award, Kenya in 2011. Most recently, in 2015, GlobalGiving UK, under her guidance, was recognised by Digital Leaders 100 as a leading digital organisation. Eleanor holds an MA in International Relations, University of Queensland and a BA (Hons) in Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. In the Queen’s Birthday Awards, 2016, Eleanor’s passion for helping people and their communities to realise their potential and deliver for themselves and others was recognised with the award of the OBE.

Rachel SmithRachel Smith - Director of Programmes & Operations

Rachel is one of the original co-founders of GlobalGiving UK in 2008. She manages the programmes working with charities, companies and foundations to ensure that grassroots organisations can access the resources they need to support their communities and environment. Rachel is tireless in applying her considerable creative skills to perfect systems, design programmes and rouse the recalcitrant. There is nothing she loves more than a fully detailed organisational flow chart apart from a super complex spread sheet. (That said, a picture of a cat will always win, Rachel being a fully paid-up ailurophile.) Rachel previously worked in marketing in the retail sector, for local government, and as an archaeologist specialising in later prehistory and material culture. She holds an MA from Cardiff University in Archaeology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Birbeck University. She has been involved in the voluntary sector, particularly fundraising, from a very young age - she organised her first fundraising event (a local coffee morning) aged seven!