In a statement issued this morning, the IoF said Tait, who is already chair of the IoF convention, the institute’s annual fundraising conference, would replace Tanya Steele, executive director of marketing, fundraising and communications at Save the Children.
It said Steele, who was elected for a three-year term in July 2014, had stepped down after taking on a "growing global remit" at the children’s charity. She had previously completed a three-year term on the board between 2009 and 2012.
An IoF spokesman said that Tait was co-opted to the board – which means she was selected by the other trustees – in December.
The IoF changed its governance structure last year so that its board is now made up of 12 members, including six who are co-opted.
Tait, who has been a fellow of the IoF since 2013 and a member of its learning and development committee since 2010, said: "I’m passionate about what fundraisers can deliver for great causes and am committed to the development of our sector. So it’s a privilege to become a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising at such a pivotal time for the fundraising profession. I’m very much looking forward to working with the board and team at the IoF."
Richard Taylor, chair of the IoF, said he was delighted that Tait had agreed to join the board. He also thanked Steele for chairing the IoF’s standards committee, which she did for just over a year until she was replaced by the independent chair Suzanne McCarthy last September, and wished her well with her new responsibilities at Save the Children.
A spokeswoman for Save the Children was unable to say how Steele’s role had changed before publication of this story.