Institute welcomes six new Fellows

Mark Astarita welcomes new recruits to the Institute, including Liz Tait, director of fundraising at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Liz Tait
Liz Tait

Thirty years ago we were founded by a group of committed fundraisers who came together to tackle the issues facing our profession at that time. 

The Institute carries forward that legacy today, and as a community of fundraisers we must not forget those who helped fundraising and the Institute get to where it is today. 

At the same time, many great fundraisers continue that tradition, offering over and above what is demanded from them in their day jobs. 

And I am delighted that – during our 30th year we are recognising six more outstanding fundraisers, who have given over and above the call of duty, both to fundraising and the IoF, as new Fellows of the Institute.

The new IoF Fellows are:

- Gill Raikes OBE, now chief executive of the Royal Brompton, previously director of fundraising at the National Trust and long-term IoF board and committee member.

- Tanya Steele is director of fundraising at Save the Children. She is a previous IoF board member and a member of the standards committee, and continues to offer her time and expertise to the Institute.

- John Baguley, long-term IoF board member, well known for galvanising Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth and Oxfam before founding and becoming chairman of the Institute of Fundraising Ukraine.

- Tania Cohen is a freelance consultant and an active member of the IoF Policy Advisory Board. She has worked at Charities Evaluation Services, the Fawcett Society, Womankind Worldwide, Volunteer Reading Help, British Red Cross, Shelter and Crisis. 

- Liz Tait is director of fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. She has previously worked at the British Red Cross, Sense, Book Club Associates and Plan UK. Tait has worked with the Institute to develop the Code of Practice in relation to direct mail and house-to-house collections and is a member of the Institute’s Learning & Development Committee. 

- Imogen Ward, long-standing member of our policy advisory board, director of marketing and communications at Merlin since 2003, and newly appointed chief executive of the Lessons for Life Foundation.

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