People are really important,
really important.

Founders

Stu & Emm Alleway founded Big Love in 2019. They love people and believe hope and opportunity should be available to everyone. They are excited about seeing Big Love develop through meaningful and intentional relationships functioning through the charity's key objectives. They both have a passion to see Big Love play its part in combatting child trafficking and exploitation around Europe and beyond. They are parents to three kids and whilst juggling being taxi drivers for them, they both serve in their local church and work with young people in the UK.

Team

"A team committed to a cause bigger than themselves, can achieve absolutely anything." Simon Sinek.

We know Big Love cannot function without the skills and talents of our beautiful team, all of whom we're so grateful for.

Tim & Ellie Button - Moldova

Tim & Ellie live in Maldon, Essex where they lead 'The Hive Church'. Ellie is a fantastic singer/songwriter and Tim works for Made For More a Chelmsford based charity that works as an advocate for young people's mental, emotional and spiritual well being.

Prior to the pandemic they lived in Moldova, one of Europe's poorest countries. In the two years living there they served as independent missionaries, supporting individuals and organisations delivering front line services to those in need. Tim and Ellie will be facilitating the work of Big Love Moldova. We're excited to have them on board.

Jess Cooper - Social media

Jess is invaluable to us, her skills around marketing and mailchimp and helping us keep up to date with our subscribers is a huge blessing. Jess also works for Kintsugi Hope, a charity that champions support for mental health.

Pete Hylton - Building projects

Pete has been with us from the very start! His background in building and his pastoral heart for others makes him a dream team member. Pete will help us deliver our short term building projects.

Carole O' Brien - Education

Carole is a huge gift to us who has taught in both a public and private setting in the education sector. Her skills and expertise are a huge asset to Big Love as we work with our overseas partners developing basic and sustainable curriculums for primary aged children.

Rachael Bewers - Governance

We would be lost without Rachel. Her background in the legal system and knowledge of policies is invaluable to us. With a good cup of tea and toast she spends Mondays with us planning and overseeing our governance and policies.

Matt Cooper - Website & Videomaker

Matt keeps us cool! :) Matt has a fantastic eye for detail and is key for us. He has developed and designed our website and is in the process of developing a Big Love documentary. He has worked for major organisations developing websites and creating & editing documentaries.

Viv Shepherd - Wellbeing

Viv is a make up artist by trade and for the last 10 years has worked in a drug and alcohol rehab centre and also worked with victims of domestic abuse delivering a self-esteem course. Viv has written a course for Big Love that we shall be delivering in communities when we travel to support vulnerable women.

Trustees

Integrity and transparency is key to any charity functioning well. At Big Love we have a proven track record of delivering on our outcomes thanks to the wisdom, support, challenge and input from our board of trustees.  

Ria Mckenna

Ria has a wealth of experience in the charity sector and has been an incredible addition to the Big Love team. Ria's experience in applying for funds and HR knowledge is invaluable to us. Along with her husband, Ria runs Reach Every Generation, an incredible CIC social enterprise supporting young people caught up in gangs.

Andy Jeffery

Andy has a wealth of experience in the finance/business sector having spent many years in the City. Andy has since gone on to develop his own business, The Paperbagstore, which has been an incredible blessing to Big Love as we ship numerous boxes to our friends in Romania.

He has worked with a number of businesses in Romania over the last 6 years and visited the country on numerous occasions in that time. Andy is Married to Sue and they have two daughters. Even though Andy is a proud West Ham fan we still welcome him to our team with open arms.

Ed Wells

Ed Wells recently became Big Love's chair of trustees and has been leading teams for over sixteen years, some up to a few hundred strong. He is passionate about great leadership and loves to help translate good ideas and strategy into meaningful actions. He is excited to see Big Love come alongside individuals, families and communities in need - and help them build a brighter, fairer future. Ed is married, and with his wife loves spending time outdoors with their three children, reading, running and cycling.

Andrea Barnes

Andrea Barnes has spent most of her career as a primary school teacher. She is a musician and started her career as a peripatetic teacher of violin, piano and saxophone. Andrea's responsibilities as a primary teacher have included heading up music provision across the schools she has worked in as well as contributing a creative approach to the curriculum.

Andrea heads up missions and justice at Skylark Church in Chelmsford and is responsible for leading mission trips to Romania since 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the gym, composing music, playing in bands, writing fiction and learning Romanian!

Stephen St James

Stephen St James is a qualified accountant. After a long career in financial management he has recently been mixing interim assignments with helping to establish charity projects, blending his professional knowledge with a passion to see things change for the better. Steve has helped establish five charities that operate in the UK and overseas and is currently engaged in charity start-ups and fundraising projects in addition to Big Love. He is passionate about running, football, sailing and the great outdoors.