The Fundraising Standards Board has appointed Andrew Hind, the former chief executive of the Charity Commission, as its chair. He will replace Colin Lloyd, who announced his departure from the regulator in April.
Hind, who will take up the role for a three-year fixed term on 16 September, was the commission’s first chief executive, from 2004 to 2010, and co-founded the Charity Finance Group in 1988. He will work two days a month and be paid £10,000 per year, plus travel and expenses, by the FRSB, which is a community interest company.
He has been the editor of Charity Finance magazine since 2011, but will resign once he is chair, although he will remain non-executive director and strategic adviser to its publishing group, Civil Society Media. He will also stand down from his role as a non-executive board member at the Information Commissioner's Office.
A statement from the FRSB said Hind had worked in senior management at Barnardo’s and ActionAid, and that he spent nine years as chief operating officer of the BBC World Service. He is a trustee of the Baring Foundation and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year Honours List 2011. A spokeswoman was unable to give his age.
Hind said in a statement that the events of recent weeks had shown that the unacceptable fundraising practices of some charities, and the agencies who work for them, was out of balance with the need to respect the right of the public to say no. "That balance now has to be quickly re-established," he said.
"It is right that the arrangements for fundraising self-regulation are to be thoroughly reviewed. I believe that roles and responsibilities need to be clearer, funding needs to be adequate to do the job properly and tougher sanctions need to be applied to those who damage public trust in fundraising.
"I look forward to working with colleagues at the Fundraising Standards Board to ensure we play our full part in implementing whatever new arrangements are introduced for the regulation of fundraising in the future."
In a blog published earlier this month, Hind wrote that the primary responsibility for ensuring that donors did not feel "hounded" by fundraising practices rested not with regulators and umbrella bodies but with charities. He wrote that the solution was for charities’ boards and senior management teams to ensure that the fundraising approaches they were making were consistent with their values as an organisation.
Lloyd, who has served as FRSB chair from its creation in 2006, originally said he would step down from the role in June, having completed three terms of three years, the third of which was carried out at the invitation of the board. The FRSB said Lloyd would now remain in the post until Hind joined in September.
Lloyd said the sector was at a crossroads and fundamental change should occur in order to isolate and remove any substandard fundraising. He said he could not wish for a more able successor than Hind.