Announcing the new Chair of the Institute of Fundraising
20 April 2017
We are delighted to announce that Amanda Bringans, Director of Fundraising at the British Heart Foundation, has been selected as Chair-elect of the Institute of Fundraising. Amanda takes over from Richard Taylor when he stands down at the end of his three year term at the Institute’s AGM in July.
Amanda brings with her an impressive track record of experience having led fundraising teams at some of the UK’s most loved and supported charities. Her previous roles include Director of Global Fundraising and Communications at VSO and 16 years working at Macmillan Cancer Support where she became Director of Fundraising. She has also held senior roles with Leonard Cheshire Disability and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Amanda joined the British Heart Foundation as its Director of Fundraising in December 2015.
Welcoming the announcement of his successor, Richard Taylor, Chair of the IoF, said:
I am delighted that Amanda will be joining the IoF Board as our new Chair. She does so at a really exciting time for the Institute. We have a bold new strategy in place which is all about representing and championing the fundraising profession so that we can all achieve high levels of excellent fundraising across the UK.
I know Amanda will relish the opportunity to lead us in delivering our ambitions, and those of our members and fundraisers, so that charities can raise even more money to make the world a better place. Amanda will be an excellent Chair and someone that our members will be able to look to for leadership and inspiration.
It has been a huge privilege for me to be Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and I wish Amanda all the best in the role. I know that she will have the full support of an amazing community of fundraisers behind her.”
Responding to the announcement of her selection, Amanda Bringans said:
It is a huge privilege to have been chosen as Chair-elect of the Institute. I know how important the IoF is to so many fundraisers and charities across the UK. Whether it is providing support for the sole fundraiser in a small local charity or a specialised fundraising team in a large international charity, the IoF has an important role to play in training, representing and championing fundraisers.
The past few years have been difficult for the fundraising community, but with each other’s support we were able to come through better and stronger. That is what I think is at the heart of the IoF – our members’ passion and willingness to share insights and knowledge as we push each other to be the best we can be. Fundraising is a unique profession in that respect, and I’m looking forward to meeting with fundraisers across the UK to hear their stories and champion their achievements as Chair. Part of my job will be to ensure that the Institute continues to demand the highest standards from all of us, and to maintain the trust and confidence of the public in the way we raise funds for the good causes they care about. It is our relationships with our supporters that is so precious to us as fundraisers and the future of fundraising will be strengthened by focusing on these relationships, ensuring they remain front of mind in all that we do.
Richard Taylor has led the IoF superbly through tumultuous times to a position of strength on which I want to build. Fundraisers across the UK owe him a huge vote of thanks for the time, passion and commitment he has dedicated to us and to the IoF. I become Chair-elect knowing that I have the support of an experienced and passionate Board of Trustees representing fundraisers from around the UK, as well as a highly talented and committed staff team. With their support I am confident the IoF will go from strength to strength.”