Institute of Fundraising advertises for new chair

The appointee will replace Richard Taylor, who is due to stand down in July having completed the maximum of six years on the IoF board

Institute of Fundraising
Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has started advertising for a new chair to replace Richard Taylor when his term comes to an end later this year.

Taylor must stand down in the summer because he will have served the maximum of six years as an IoF board member, having been a trustee for three years before becoming chair in July 2014.

The appointment will be for an initial three years with the possibility of a second term.

Taylor has been chair of the institute during a time of significant change within fundraising.

He took up the role while executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK and was due to join the consumer charity Which?, only to pull out because of a disagreement over the way it responded to a Daily Mail investigation into fundraising practices.

He subsequently joined Macmillan Cancer Support as interim director of fundraising, marketing and communications in October 2015, an appointment that has since been made permanent.

The Public Fundraising Association also became part of the IoF under Taylor’s watch.

The information pack for the role of IoF chair states that the successful candidate, who must be an IoF member, will have experience of working successfully at a senior strategic level within the fundraising community, a broad knowledge and understanding of fundraising, the wider charitable sector and the issues affecting it, and the ability to represent the IoF in the media.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said the new chair would be taking up the role at a "pivotal and exciting time for both the institute and the wider charity sector".

He said: "The past 18 months have seen considerable change for the fundraising community and increased public, political and media scrutiny of our work has become a new normal."

Applications close at noon on 8 February. For more information on the role click here.

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