Adrian Sargeant steps down as a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising

The fundraising academic, who has served less than two years of a three-year term on the IoF board, says he will concentrate on his work at the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University

Adrian Sargeant
Adrian Sargeant

The fundraising academic Adrian Sargeant has resigned as trustee of the Institute of Fundraising less than two years after he was elected to the board for a three-year term.

Sargeant joined the IoF board in July 2013, but a document filed at Companies House on 31 March shows that his appointment has now been terminated.

Sargeant, who is a professor of fundraising at Plymouth University and a director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, told Third Sector that he stepped down as a trustee in order to concentrate his efforts on the research centre, which he runs with his wife, Jen Shang.

Sargeant, who also delivers training on behalf of the IoF, said he had already had to stop teaching some courses at the IoF and at Plymouth University because of the pressure of his work with the centre. He said the centre had grown much faster than anticipated and now had projects in multiple countries.

The most recent accounts of the IoF, which last month began consulting with members about a review of its governance, show that a company of which Sargeant is a director received £28,000 for professional development training and curriculum development services in the year to March 2014.

Sargeant said that other members of his team at Plymouth University – such as the legacy fundraising consultant Claire Routley and Ian MacQuillin, who manages the fundraising think tank Rogare – had stepped in to cover some of his teaching commitments.

Sargeant said it was unlikely that he would teach more than one course a year for the IoF in the future and this would probably be a Diploma in Fundraising, beginning in December or January.

He said: "I had a conversation with my vice-chancellor at Plymouth and he has given me permission to seek to grow the centre with a significant new fundraising campaign. We'll be moving to new accommodation in the university and I can look to grow my team.

"In that kind of start-up situation, I felt I needed to devote my energies to that and, as a consequence, I wouldn't be able to give the IoF board the time it deserves."

A spokesman for the IoF said in a statement: "We can confirm that Adrian Sargeant has stepped down from his position as a trustee of the IoF and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his time, commitment and contribution to the board since July 2013. 

"We look forward to continuing to work with him going forwards, particularly in relation to our professional qualifications through the IoF Academy."

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