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Meet the philanthropy team

Our team offers a tailored service

The philanthropy specialists will aim to meet your individual needs, and thank you for your generosity in the best way possible for you, your friends and family.

Sayyeda Salam

Partnerships & Philanthropy Director

Sayyeda builds relationships with philanthropists and corporate partners to grow the impact of investments for children. She joined Save the Children in 2008 in the Major Giving Team and became Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy in December 2016.

Before joining Save the Children, Sayyeda co-founded OneVoice Europe, a conflict resolution organisation in Israel and Palestine. She has degrees from the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Sayyeda co-ran Save the Children’s first development board, the EVERY ONE Campaign Board – raising £10 million over two years.

She is currently working with colleagues in Europe, the USA and the Middle East to build programmes which create a truly international experience for our philanthropists and corporate partners.

Helen D'Oyley

Deputy Philanthropy Director

Helen joined us in early 2011, having worked in international development for three years.

Her interests include HIV/AIDS and East and West Africa. She has previously volunteered at an HIV/AIDS orphanage in Kenya and taught English in Senegal.

Helen also has a keen interest in emergency situations and natural disasters and is passionate about the difference our Children’s Emergency Fund makes.

Ellie Mcleod

Head of Special Events and High-Value Stewardship

Ellie leads the Special Events Team to deliver high profile fundraising and engaging stewardship events and manages the relationship with our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Following a career in prop making and design, and then in visual merchandising in retail, Ellie joined Save the Children in 2007. Ellie has held various roles in the Supporters and Communities and the Events teams before becoming the Head of Special Events in 2012. Since then, she has transformed the way the team deliver events and changed the way we work with philanthropists and high profile individuals to raise significant funds.


If you'd like to speak to someone from the philanthropy team, please email philanthropy@savethechildren.org.uk or call 020 7012 6400.

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