As we enter our 30th anniversary year, we have just welcomed two new members to our 18-strong Board of Trustees at the Institute of Fundraising – and sadly said goodbye to our vice-chair, Gill Raikes.
Kath Abrahams, director of engagement and income generation at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and Lynda
Thomas, director of fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support, were recently co-opted onto the board, and bring experience of leading teams of fundraisers in some of our larger charities. They join us at an exciting but challenging time, as Kath Abrahams says: "I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a trustee of the IoF and support the valuable work of the institute. Fundraising has never been more important as charities do everything they can to deliver their missions, while facing the challenges of a prolonged recession."
Lynda Thomas plans to mirror the commitment Macmillan continues to show to membership of the IoF. Looking forward to assisting the institute’s valuable work, she says: "At Macmillan, we place huge importance on being personal, open and inspiring, and always demanding better. I hope I can live these values in this role, to create an environment to help drive fundraising excellence across the sector."
At the same time we bade farewell to our vice-chair after 10 years in various leadership roles at the institute. Gill, who last year became chief executive of the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals
Charity after 21 years at the National Trust, said her involvement with the IoF had formed the backbone of her career: "Best of all, I have found an amazing group of loyal, intelligent, skilled and warm friends," she said.
Gill’s successor as vice-chair is Stephen George, director of fundraising at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, who has been an IoF trustee since 2011.
In saying goodbye to Gill, IoF chair Mark Astarita said she had brought "wisdom, humour and personal
generosity" for which the institute owed her "a huge debt of thanks".
And IoF members will be voting over the coming weeks for a further three new trustees. The results of this will be announced at our AGM at our annual convention in July.