Gina Long MBE Founder of GeeWizz is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, free-lance journalist, and global charity campaigner. She was awarded a MBE for services to the charity sector in December 2015. She was made a Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk in October 2018.
Among her many charitable achievements, she has raised nearly £7 million.
Gina founded one of the first Global Online Auctions, the Ultimate Charity Auction which has raised more than £1.8 million since its inception in 2011.
In 2020, Gina created and organised the Ed Sheeran Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction. A total of £506,000 was raised to fund legacy projects – the redevelopment of a much-need playground at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich and the introduction of a specialist nursing team – including learning disability and palliative care nurses and physiotherapists – at the Zest service, run by St Elizabeth Hospice. Thanks to the auction, these crucial projects can now be a reality. The auction saw Gina and her small team work closely with John and Imogen Sheeran. Prizes were donated by global superstars from the world of music and sport, artists, festivals and many organisations.
Away from fundraising, Gina mentors and supports other charities, and is a ‘farmer’s wife’ living on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds with her husband Andrew.