Gerald Oppenheim to be next chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator

He will take up the post in July after Stephen Dunmore steps down

Gerald Oppenheim
Gerald Oppenheim

The Fundraising Regulator has appointed Gerald Oppenheim as its new chief executive.

Oppenheim has been head of policy and communications at the regulator since its creation in 2016 and will take up the post in July after Stephen Dunmore steps down.

Dunmore announced in December that he would move on this summer.

The regulator said that Oppenheim was appointed after an "exhaustive, competitive and public process".

Oppenheim has worked in the charity sector for more than 35 years, which included a period as director of policy and partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund. 

The regulator was unable to say this morning how much Oppenheim would be paid but its latest published accounts show that its highest earner received between £80,000 and £90,000 a year in 2017.

Oppenheim is chair of the London Emergencies Trust, which provides financial assistance to victims of emergency incidents and their dependants, and has served on other charity trustee boards, including the BBC Charitable Appeals advisory committee.

In February, the regulator revealed that more than 500 eligible charities had yet to pay the second year of its voluntary levy.

Charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising have been asked to pay a voluntary annual levy of between £150 and £15,000 to fund the regulator. Last summer it began to publish the names of charities that had paid and had not paid the levy in an attempt to encourage more to pay the charge.

Oppenheim said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as the chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator. It is an incredibly exciting time for the organisation and I look forward to continuing the excellent work Stephen Dunmore has carried out over the last few years."

Lord Michael Grade, chair of the Fundraising Regulator, said: "Following an exhaustive recruitment process, I am delighted that Gerald is going to be the Fundraising Regulator’s next chief executive. Gerald’s appointment is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the Fundraising Regulator over the course of the last two years."

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