Gosschalk to leave Shelter

Fundraising director stands down as housing charity creates new 'income and enterprise' division

Alan Gosschalk
Alan Gosschalk

Alan Gosschalk, fundraising director of Shelter, is to step down following an organisational restructure earlier this month.

As part of a managerial review of its fundraising and shops, the charity has made its fundraising director and shops, training and social enterprise director roles redundant to create a ‘super job' heading a new income and enterprise division.

Both directors were given the opportunity to apply for the new role, but Gosschalk chose not to apply because he wanted to focus on fundraising. "The new role just doesn't fit with what I want to do," he said.

Former director of shops, training and social enterprise Ed Jordan will head the new division. Shelter has also created a new head of fundraising position to support Jordan in his new role.

The move has been met with some scepticism in the sector. Joe Saxton, former chair of the Institute of Fundraising, said he was "nothing short of amazed" that Shelter had made Gosschalk redundant in the middle of the most difficult fundraising climate the sector had ever seen.

"He is one of the most effective and influential fundraisers of his generation," he said. "Shelter has already gone public with the impact the recession is having on its income. How losing a fundraising director of Alan's calibre is going to help tackle that is beyond me."

However, Gosschalk said he remained committed to Shelter and would help Jordan, who joined Shelter from the corporate sector last year, develop the new division until March.

He added that he may leave earlier if another opportunity arose: "I'm not in any rush to leave and Shelter still needs me, but I am on the market now. I don't want to go to any old job but I am looking for other opportunities."

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