Dominic Will, former joint managing director of Home Fundraising, has stepped down early from his role as a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising.
Will, who has been a trustee of the IoF since 2016, officially left the board on 1 April, saying he no longer felt able to commit the necessary time to the role. His term was due to run until July.
Home Fundraising, the door-to-door fundraising company Will founded and ran for 16 years with his business partner Neil Hope, went into voluntary administration on 1 March.
Will told Third Sector: "I was finding that in the lead-up to the Home administration, which was all-consuming, and now post-administration, as I am trying to get a new venture going, I just felt that I couldn't do that role justice."
He said he had been an active member of the board, had been involved with its work on compliance and fundraising, and had been a member of the finance and resources committee.
"I took that role very seriously," Will said. "When you are a trustee of the IoF or any organisation, it’s important that it’s not about turning up once every couple of months for board meetings.
"I don’t think it’s fair to be a board member in name without doing the necessary actions associated with it."
But he said he would consider the possibility of being more involved with the IoF again in the future.
Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said Will had been a valued and committed board member.
"We respect his decision to step down at this time to focus on his business interests," he said.
"We would like to thank him for his significant contribution and support for the institute and the wider fundraising community."
He said applications for trustee elections were due to open next week and the new trustees would be announced at the IoF’s annual general meeting, which will take place at its convention in July.