IoF chair Richard Taylor pulls out of move from CRUK to Which?

Taylor, head of fundraising at the cancer charity, was due to join the consumer charity as an executive director next month

Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK, has pulled out of a move to the consumer charity Which? in order to remain chair of the Institute of Fundraising.

Taylor announced in April that he would be leaving CRUK to take up a role as an executive director at Which?.

He said at the time that he would remain chair of the IoF when he took up the new role, which was due to take place next month.

But a statement issued by the IoF and CRUK last night said Taylor had pulled out of the move. He will still leave CRUK, although this will happen later than originally anticipated.

Taylor’s full statement said: "I have been a fundraiser at CRUK for 18 years, been closely involved with the Institute of Fundraising for the last four years as a trustee and have had the privilege of being its chair for the last year.

"At a time when fundraising is increasingly under the spotlight I have therefore decided that it is no longer tenable for me to make the move to Which?.

"I am therefore very pleased to announce that it has been agreed by all parties that in the immediate short term I will remain at CRUK and continue to chair the IoF."

Asked if Taylor’s had decided to stay so that he could remain as chair of the IoF, a CRUK spokeswoman said in a statement: "As chair of the IoF, Richard’s decision not to join Which? was based on the understanding that at some point there could be a difference in view about what constitutes charities', fundraisers' and donors’ interests."

A CRUK spokeswoman said it was not yet clear when Taylor would leave the charity. The recruitment process for his successor was ongoing, she said, and this was unaffected by his decision.

She said that if Taylor's successor was an internal candidate, he would remain until a handover was completed. If they were an external candidate, he would stay in post until the new person had served out their notice period in their current role.

"In the meantime, we are in the process of refreshing our fundraising strategy for the next five years, so Richard will be guiding this process," she said. "He has no plans as yet beyond this."

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