Richard Newton first board member for Wales at the Fundraising Regulator

The fundraising consultant fills one of the spaces vacated by the resignations of chair George Kidd and John Stoker

Richard Newton
Richard Newton

The Fundraising Regulator has appointed the fundraising consultant Richard Newton as its first board member for Wales, filling one of the spots vacated by the chair of the Fundraising Preference Service working group, George Kidd, and the former chief charity commissioner, John Stoker, in October.

A spokesman for the regulator told Third Sector the regulator still had one vacancy left unfilled after Kidd, who is also chair of the Direct Marketing Commission, and Stoker, who is director general of the National Lottery, left only a few months into their two-year terms.

The spokesman said it had been decided to appoint a board member for Wales because "Wales is part of the FR’s England and Wales jurisdiction".

Newton, who joined the board on 1 January, was appointed after an open recruitment process, the regulator said in a statement. Unlike the other eight existing board members, who will each serve two-year terms with the possibility of extension, his term will last for three years.

Newton founded his own management and fundraising consultancy in 2011 after holding roles including Wales director for the young people's charity Rathbone and head of commercial for the Prince’s Trust.

He has also worked for Barnardo’s and Marie Curie.

Newton is a trustee of the Cardiff-based Sherman Theatre and Creu Cymru, a development agency for performance venues and arts centres in Wales.

The regulator’s statement said Newton had more than 25 years of fundraising experience that would serve him well for contributing to the board’s commercial, policy and financial work and helping with the FR’s work in Wales.

Kidd, who became chief executive of the responsible gambling body the Senet Group in August, told Third Sector today that he left the board several months ago because he could no longer give time to it because of his new role.

"I was particularly sad to have to offer my resignation because the FPS does important work and setting up new arrangements to build public trust and confidence was a worthwhile and interesting challenge," he said.

Kidd said he was no longer party to the information the FR received and had not seen the responses to the consultation on the FPS proposals drawn up by his working group last year.

The regulator’s spokesman said Stoker left shortly after the FR’s launch in July because he saw his role as linked to the setting-up process.

"We still have one vacancy, which we will hold open for now," he said. "If in due course Northern Ireland decides to join England and Wales regulation, we will recruit a Northern Ireland board member to the vacancy."

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