Institute of Fundraising welcomes four new Fellows

Institute of Fundraising welcomes four new Fellows

6 July 2016

It has been announced at Fundraising Convention that John Brady, Di Flatt, Ruth Ruderham and John Williams have been welcomed into the IoF Fellowship.

Becoming a Fellow of the Institute is a badge of honour and recognition for a substantial contribution to fundraising and to the Institute. As individuals, Fellows offer advice, guidance and support to trustees, staff and IoF members, and are recognised for their contribution to fundraising above and beyond their day job.

Richard Taylor, Chair of the IoF said: “I am delighted that we are recognising four outstanding fundraisers, who have given over and above the call of duty - both to fundraising and the IoF - as new Fellows of the Institute.” 

Richard Radcliffe, Fellow of the Institute and Chair of Fellows, said: “Becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising is unusual in the sense that it is the one tier of membership which has a focus on the past: the past sustained impact each Fellow has made on the Institute and fundraising sector.

"This is particularly noteworthy at a time when the sector and fundraising is going through such dramatic change and scrutiny. We must never forget the amazing influence which committed members of the Institute have given freely since the formation of the IoF over thirty years ago. Just imagine for one moment how hard our sector’s reputation would have suffered if the Institute, and its leading practitioners, had not existed.

“Dedication to the advancement of training and best practice must continue to be recognised and celebrated during these difficult times, and a Fellowship awarded by the IoF reflects the best of the pioneers and leaders who proudly serve our sector.”

About the Institute of Fundraising’s new Fellows: 

JOHN BRADY

Director of Fundraising, St Andrew’s Hospice and former Chair of IoF Scotland

Throughout his career John has made a significant contribution to the development of the fundraising community. In 1998, John joined the Scottish parliamentary committee formed to represent members’ views on the charity law review during the McFadden Commission. Since then he has championed high standards and best practice in Scottish Government consultations, and was a member of a Scottish Charity Regulator reference group writing best practice guidance. When the Fundraising Standards Board was launched he forged links between the IoF and the FRSB in Scotland working on joint initiatives to promote good practice and self-regulation, serving a term as the Scottish representative on the IoF Policy Advisory Board

He took up office as Chair of IoF Scotland in 2010, an office he held until last year. During his term of office he acted as an effective ambassador for fundraising, professional standards, good practice and self-regulation, encouraging fundraisers in Scotland to join the Institute. He steered, with great diplomacy, membership discussions around the potential impact that Scottish independence may have on charities in Scotland during the independence referendum in 2014 and has most recently been a member of the Working Group established to recommend the future structure of fundraising regulation to the Scottish Charity Minister.

DI FLATT

Chief Executive, Sweetpea Charity and Chair, IoF Yorkshire

Di has worked in the fundraising sector for over eighteen years and has contributed to developing good practice in a number of organisations. She has chaired IoF Yorkshire since 2011 and has been responsible for developing its annual conference into one of the best in the country, proudly securing great speakers and developing programmes that challenge and bring out the best in the region’s fundraisers. As a particular advocate of the regions, Di’s role as Chair of Chairs of the regions has seen her represent the ‘outside of London’ fundraising community and she constantly strives to bring the quality of London IOF events out to the regions. 

Passionate about training the next generation of fundraisers, Di is a great advocate of the Institute of Fundraising and champions the importance membership brings to the fundraising community and individual professional development. Di helped shape the IoF’s strategy during her three years on the IoF Board as a former member of Convention Board and most recently through Policy Advisory Board continues to help shape the environment in which fundraising organisations learn and develop.

RUTH RUDERHAM

Director of Fundraising, Princes Trust International

Ruth has been a pioneer in fundraising for a decade and a half and has shared her learning and experience generously within the sector. She is a regular speaker and leader of masterclasses at conferences around the UK and overseas and plays an active role at a governance level across the sector, serving on the Board of Oxfam GB (where she has specific responsibility for fundraising). She also serves on the Board of the Galapagos Conservation Trust where she coaches the small team in best practice fundraising.

Already recognised as Professional Fundraiser of the Year, her contribution since she was given that award has grown and developed. She is a widely recognised and respected figure in the sector and after being actively engaged in the challenges of the last year, has contributed to sector-wide events and submissions to formal consultations by all the charities she is involved with.  Most recently she has played a key role in the IoF’s Future of Fundraising Regulation series and is currently contributing to the Institute’s new Fundraising for Trustees Handbook which will be launched after the summer.

JOHN WILLIAMS

Former Director of Development, Masonic Charitable Foundation and Treasurer of IoF West Midlands 

Until his retirement in March 2013, John had worked in the charity sector for over 26 years during which time, as well as holding fundraising roles, John worked as a Database Consultant to the sector, working alongside many of the UK’s leading fundraising charities and grant-makers.  He was one of the first people to develop and install donor databases in regional and local charities in the early 1990s, when it was largely only the national charities that had these. He has a particular passion for donor care and good stewardship, which are much needed assets in the current fundraising climate. He was also, for a six year period, a Board Member of the Crimestoppers Trust West Midlands, where again he was able to use his fundraising knowledge to support the charity.

John has been a member of the IoF (and ICFM before it) for 23 years and has held the positions of Chair and Treasurer of the West Midlands region (formerly the Midlands region), as well as serving as a committee member for over 20 years. As regional Chair, John planned and managed three years of effective member engagement through events and conferences and has since continued to be very supportive of the regional group and of its successive Chairs, as well as seeking to support and encourage those new to fundraising by providing bursaries to attend Fundraising Convention.