Chartered Institute of Fundraising appoints interim chair

Nadine Campbell, who has been on the membership body's board for a year, succeeds Claire Rowney, who has stepped down early

Nadine Campbell
Nadine Campbell

The fundraising consultant Nadine Campbell has been appointed interim chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. 

After the umbrella body’s annual general meeting yesterday, its trustee board appointed Campbell to succeed Claire Rowney, who has stepped down after a “very difficult year”

Rowney, executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications at Macmillan Cancer Support, announced last month that she would step down, one year into her three-year term, at the CIoF’s AGM. 

Campbell's appointment comes after the CIoF has faced criticism for its handling of complaints of sexual harassment at its events. 

Five trustees – Rowney, Carol Akiwumi, Sarah Bissell, Emma-Louise Singh and Ian Wilson – stepped down at the AGM. 

Three new trustees were elected by CIoF members as part of the meeting: Rebecca Mansell, trust and foundations manager at Sense International; Kerys Sheppard, head of fundraising at Shelter Cymru; and Matt Parkes, director of development at the Diocese of Westminster

Kelvin Hopkins, managing director of the marketing agency The Professional Fundraiser and a CIoF board member since last year, has been appointed vice-chair. 

The umbrella body also said that Isobel Michael, who has been on the CIoF board for the past four years, would take up the new role of safeguarding and whistleblowing trustee. 

Campbell, who joined the CIoF board a year ago, runs a freelance fundraising consultancy specialising in supporting small charities. 

She had previously been head of income generation and marketing at the older people’s charity Age NI, and has worked at other charities including Clic Sargent (now Young Lives vs Cancer), Concern Worldwide and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. 

She said: “As interim chair I want to firstly acknowledge that we have made mistakes. For that, I am sorry. I stand with survivors and I believe you.  

“My three priorities will be to implement the changes set out in our action plan, support both our interim chief executive and then our new chief executive, and oversee an open and transparent recruitment process for our next chair of trustees. 

“With change comes huge opportunities. This is a chance for us to shape our institute into a place where we listen to our members, volunteers and our staff, ensuring they feel genuinely respected and valued.  

“As interim chair I am fully committed to work with my fellow trustees and our members to create a safe, inclusive and transparent membership body, one that is representative of the fundraising profession across our four nations, and one that serves and places the entirety of our membership at the heart of everything we do.”

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