The IoF, which will rebrand to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising later in the summer, said today that Rowney would take up the role at its virtual annual general meeting on 6 July on a three-year term.
Rowney, who has been a trustee of the IoF since 2018 and vice chair since last year, will succeed Amanda Bringans, who steps down at the end of her three-year term.
Rowney has been at Macmillan since February last year, having previously spent two years as executive director of fundraising and marketing at Save the Children.
Before that, she spent 13 years at Cancer Research UK, leading its Race for Life events and its innovation and corporate partnership teams.
She said she had not expected to be taking up the role at such a volatile time.
“As we start finding our own new normal as fundraisers, I am committed to making sure that what we do is always as relevant as it can be,” she said.
“We will continue to lead on changing our profession to one that reflects the communities we serve. We will continue to challenge poor behaviour wherever we see it and make sure we learn and improve as we go about it.
“As we respond to a post-coronavirus landscape, we will need to prioritise innovation and collaboration across the whole sector so that we can enthuse the public to give and give more.
“I like to encourage disruption, that’s where the best innovation comes from, and it’s a challenge I look forward to working on as chair.”
Bringans said it had been a privilege to lead the IoF over the past year, during which it had been granted chartered status.
“We have demonstrated to the public – our supporters – that our profession is one that matters, that changes the world, and does so with passion and a commitment to the highest standards.
“And that is why we should all be so proud of our newly earned chartered status, a stamp of approval and recognition that fundraisers across the UK should celebrate.
“I am personally very proud of the way the institute has been able to set the agenda around equality, diversity and inclusion, with a genuine commitment to wanting our profession to be one where everyone should feel at home.
“We are at the start of this important journey and I know Claire will give it the prominence and attention it deserves and needs.
- The article was updated on 2 June 2020: it originally said the appointment was subject to member approval.