Tag Campaigns chief steps down from board of Public Fundraising Regulatory Association

Tony Charalambides is forced to resign from the board after the fundraising agency goes into administration

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The former managing director of Tag Campaigns has resigned from the board of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association after the fundraising agency stopped trading earlier this month following an investigation into its practices.

Tony Charalambides, who joined the board in June, stepped down on 15 January. Under PFRA rules, board members must resign with immediate effect if their organisation stops being a member of the face-to-face fundraising regulator. Tag went into administration on 10 January, citing financial losses and "an unprecedented degree of media and regulatory attention".

The fundraising practices of the agency came under the scrutiny of the Fundraising Standards Board after The Sunday Telegraph published an article in June that said Tag fundraisers appeared to break charity law and regulations.

An FRSB investigation published in December concluded that the firm had breached charity and fundraising rules during a campaign last summer.

Charalambides said in a statement: "Tag ceased trading as soon as it was put into voluntary administration, and it was always my intention to resign from the PFRA board immediately because I have no plans to remain involved in face-to-face fundraising.

"I hope the PFRA can build on its good work with regard to regulating face-to-face, such as the introduction last year of the penalty points system, which I voted for along with the rest of the board. I also hope that there will now be a more considered debate about face-to-face and the benefits it offers charities."

Ian MacQuillin, head of communications at the PFRA, said a replacement board member would be elected at the PFRA’s annual general meeting in June.

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