The new Fundraising Regulator has hired two charity representatives with fundraising expertise to the remaining two places on its board, its chair Lord Grade has announced.
Grade said the regulator had also appointed Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the Institute of Fundraising's standards committee, to chair its own standards committee, which will have responsibility for the Code of Fundraising Practice once its transfers to the regulator this summer.
The appointments come after Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the RNIB, criticised Grade earlier this month for not appointing board members with fundraising expertise sooner. She said that fundraisers or chief executives of large fundraising charities should have been hired before the seven other board members were appointed in February.
The two new board members are Lucy Caldicott, interim chief executive of the anti-bullying charity Diversity Role Models, and David Cunningham, chief executive of the Scottish charity the Archie Foundation.
Both were recruited for their fundraising expertise: Caldicott is a member of the IoF’s policy advisory board and a former director of fundraising at Clic Sargent; Cunningham is chair of the IoF’s Scottish standards committee and last summer chaired the institute’s task group on managing fundraising preferences.
Lord Grade said in a statement: "I am delighted that we have been able to strike the right balance on the board between regulatory experience, fundraising expertise and wider knowledge of the charitable sector.
"As recommended in the Etherington review, the board has set up a standards committee. I am delighted to announce that the board has appointed Suzanne McCarthy as committee chair and we are in the process of recruiting external committee members with both regulatory and fundraising experience."
McCarthy, who was herself appointed to the regulator’s board in February, joined the IoF as the first independent chair of its standards committee last September. Her appointment to oversee the new regulator’s newly created equivalent committee has been welcomed by the IoF, whose chief executive Peter Lewis called for her to be appointed to the role last December.
He said today he was very glad that McCarthy, who is chair of the homelessness charity Depaul UK and was until recently the Immigration Services Commissioner, had been appointed and the IoF looked forward to working with her to promote the highest fundraising standards in the coming years.
Caldicott told Third Sector she was pleased to support the establishment of the regulator and she was committed to ensuring poor fundraising practice was a thing of the past, that public trust in charities was restored and that charities would be able to raise the funds needed to further their causes.