Suzanne McCarthy among Fundraising Regulator board members named

McCarthy, chair of the Institute of Fundraising's standards committee, is one of seven appointments named today by Lord Grade, the new regulator's interim chair

Suzanne McCarthy
Suzanne McCarthy

Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s standards committee, has been named as a board member of the new Fundraising Regulator.

Lord Grade, the regulator’s interim chair, has today announced seven appointments to its board, which also include the former chief charity commissioner John Stoker and George Kidd, chair of the Direct Marketing Commission, who has been chairing the working group on the implementation of the new Fundraising Preference Service.

Other members announced today are Jenny Williams, former chief executive of the Gambling Commission, Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Smart Energy GB and chair of War Child, Margaret Moore, former head of competition and regulatory practice at Travers Smith LLP, and Michael Smyth, chair of Community Links and visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Grade said in a statement that the regulator had "not yet struck the right balance between regulatory experience, fundraising expertise and wider knowledge of the charitable sector" and was in the process of recruiting two additional members with fundraising expertise.

Board members will be paid £300 a day for a least one day a month. The regulator said the appointments had been made for two years with the possibility of a further term, subject to open competition.

The regulator said Theresa Shearer, chair of the fundraising working group in Scotland and chief executive of Enable Scotland, the learning disability charity, would attend board meetings until charities that raised funds in Scotland considered the options presented by the working group on how best to regulate fundraising north of the border.

It also said it would set up a standards committee and an adjudication committee, both of which would include external members with both regulatory and fundraising experience.

Grade said: "We look forward to a lively engagement with the sector in the set-up period over the next few months, as we develop the Fundraising Regulator and determine our policies and priorities.

"Our intention is to take over regulatory responsibilities from the Fundraising Standards Board in the early summer.

"It is imperative that together we get this right – for the future health of the charitable sector and the wellbeing and confidence of those who wish to donate to charities and support the great work they do."

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, told Third Sector last year he hoped that McCarthy, who was appointed as the first independent chair of the IoF’s standards committee in the summer, would take up a role with the new regulator.

Richard Taylor, chair of the IoF, said the membership body was pleased that McCarthy had been appointed to the new regulator’s board.

"It is good to see that the new Fundraising Regulator will have considerable regulatory experience on its board," he said in a statement. 

"We agree with Lord Grade that the board needs to balance that regulatory experience with fundraising expertise, and we welcome the commitment that the appointment of people with fundraising expertise will now be made."

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