Bringans is set to take over from the current chair, Richard Taylor, when he stands down at the institute’s annual general meeting in July having served the maximum of six years on its board.
Bringans has been director of fundraising at the BHF since December 2015. Her previous roles include director of global fundraising and communications at the volunteering charity VSO and 16 years working for Macmillan Cancer Support. She has also held senior roles at Leonard Cheshire Disability and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Her appointment comes at a time of significant change for fundraising. A number of national newspaper investigations into fundraising practices led to the creation of the Fundraising Regulator last year and changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice. Thirteen charities were recently been found in breach data-protection rules after an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office into their data-protection practices.
The BHF was among the charities fined by the ICO after it was found to have secretly screened millions of its donors. It was fined £18,000, but paid £14,400 for swift payment.
Bringans said in a statement: "The past few years have been difficult for the fundraising community, but with each other’s support we were able to come through better and stronger. That is what I think is at the heart of the IoF: our members’ passion and willingness to share insights and knowledge as we push each other to be the best we can be. Fundraising is a unique profession in that respect, and I’m looking forward to meeting fundraisers across the UK to hear their stories and champion their achievements as chair."
Taylor said in a statement: "I am delighted that Amanda will be joining the IoF board as our new chair. She does so at a really exciting time for the institute. We have a bold new strategy in place that is all about representing and championing the fundraising profession so that we can all achieve high levels of excellent fundraising across the UK."
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