Taylor of CRUK is chair-elect of IoF

Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor

The Institute of Fundraising has appointed Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and supporter marketing at Cancer Research UK, as its chair-elect.

A statement from the institute said Taylor, who has been an institute trustee for the past three years, would become chair for a three-year term after its annual general meeting on 8 July, subject to formal agreement.

He will take over from Mark Astarita, director of fundraising at the British Red Cross, who has been chair since July 2011, after being initially appointed for a single year.

Astarita told Third Sector: "I made tremendous friends, had a good few years and the organisation is in a really good place now."

Taylor has held his current role at CRUK since 2004. He had, since 1998, been head of retail at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, which merged with the Cancer Research Campaign in 2002 to form CRUK.

Taylor said his biggest priority would be to ensure that the IoF Code of Fundraising Practice continued to demand the highest standards from fundraisers and maintain the trust and confidence of the public.

Taylor said in a statement: "We must also continue to be at the forefront of policy impact and influence, making sure decision-makers - from government and elsewhere - make the most of the knowledge, experience and passion we all bring to our causes."

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