Stephen Dunmore appointed interim head of the new Fundraising Regulator

The former Big Lottery Fund chief executive will take on the role for 12 months

Stephen Dunmore
Stephen Dunmore

Stephen Dunmore, former chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, has been appointed interim chief executive of the new Fundraising Regulator.

Dunmore will serve a 12-month term in which he will be responsible for leading the establishment of the new body, which has been tasked with implementing the new self-regulatory system for fundraising which was recommended by the review carried out by Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations over the summer.

Dunmore, who has spent the past 12 months working as interim chief executive of the Family and Childcare Trust, spent a total of 10 years as chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund and its predecessor the New Opportunities Fund, which merged with the Community Fund in 2003 to create the BLF.

In 2008, he was appointed as an adviser to the Office of the Third Sector, the forerunner to the Office for Civil Society, and in 2008, was made chair of the BBC's charity appeals advisory committee, immediately after Etherington served his own five-year term in the role.

Over the past seven years, he has also held chief executive roles at the infrastructure body Capacitybuilders, the grant-maker The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the former regulation body the National Consumer Council, among others. He is currently a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and the chair of governors at a foundation school in North London.

A statement from the fundraising regulator, released today, said that it expected to open its doors in spring 2016 - earlier than Lord Grade, the Conservative peer appointed last month to chair the regulator, predicted earlier this month.

Grade said at the fundraising summit hosted by the NCVO on 4 December that he expected the new system to be set up within a year.

In a statement, Dunmore said: "I very much welcome the opportunity to lead the development of the new organisation. The tremendous contribution that the charitable sector makes to our society depends on the trust that all those who donate have in our charities. I will work closely with charities large and small alongside other key partners to ensure that the Funding Regulator maintains and enhances that trust".

Grade said he was delighted to appoint such an "outstandingly qualified" candidate.

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