Colin Lloyd, chair of the Fundraising Standards Board since it was set up in 2006, will step down from the role in the summer.
Lloyd announced today that he would leave the position in June after completing three terms of three years. He was invited by the FRSB board to stay on for an extra three years after completing the first two terms in 2012.
Asked to name the FRSB’s biggest achievement during his tenure, Lloyd told Third Sector he was proud to have established strong working relationships with the other self-regulatory fundraising bodies, the Institute of Fundraising and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, as well as with the Charity Commission, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Direct Marketing Association.
"The FRSB is not a holier-than-thou organisation that has no connections with the rest of the world, and I think that’s extremely important in setting the foundations for the future," he said.
The FRSB said that other achievements under Lloyd’s leadership included getting more than 1,750 organisations signed up for membership, which enabled the body to represent more than half of all the voluntary income raised in the UK, and raising public awareness of fundraising regulation.
Lloyd said the role had been more emotional than he had expected. "I did not expect to find myself in tears when I attended presentations by charities about the wonderful work they do," he said. "There was one in Scotland that just broke my heart and I found myself humbled."
Lloyd said the FRSB was signing up one new member every day and that 70 per cent of the 2,300 charities estimated to be engaged in fundraising relevant to the IoF Code of Fundraising Practice were members.
Lloyd said one of the biggest challenges the FRSB would face after his departure was to meet the expectations of the government as part of the review fundraising self-regulation due to take place in 2017.
In 2007, Lloyd predicted that telephone fundraising without prior consent would be dead by 2012 because of the rate at which households were signing up to the Telephone Preference Service, a database of people who do not want to receive marketing calls, of which Lloyd is chair.
Today, Lloyd said: "We now have more than 20 million registrations to the TPS, so there’s very little opportunity to do telephone fundraising without consent. Nuisance calls are now on the government’s agenda so all roads point in the direction I predicted."
Lloyd also said in a statement: "Nine years ago I was given the task by the sector and government to establish the self-regulatory framework for UK fundraising set out in the Buse report. I believed at the time that my experience in setting up similar initiatives for e-commerce and direct marketing could bring the sector initiative to a successful reality. I am delighted that this has been the case."
Lloyd told Third Sector he would continue to be chairman of the TPS until 2017 and hold a seat on the board of the consumer trends agency Future Foundation. He said he was also looking for new ways to contribute to the charity sector.
The FRSB will start recruiting for Lloyd’s successor today.