AGM 2019

Chartered Status Resolution & Trustee Elections

2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Institute of Fundraising Annual General Meeting will be held in the Garden Room at The Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Monday 1 July 2019 at 13:15. A buffet lunch will be available in the Conservatory from 12:30.

You can download the Notice of AGM 2019 and the Proxy Notice 2019.

Find the minutes of the 2018 AGM here

Chartered Status

Achieving the external recognition for fundraising and fundraisers that comes from becoming a chartered profession, has been a consistent goal for the Institute and is embedded in our strategic objectives. You can read about our chartered journey here

 Following consultation with members and discussions with the Privy Council, OSCR and the Charity Commission, we are presenting to our members, the following Resolution:

To approve the incorporation of the Institute as a royal charter body, namely:

  • To petition the Queen for a Charter to be granted to establish a new royal charter body to be known as “Chartered Institute of Fundraising”
  • To authorise the Chair and Chief Executive to approve any minor amendments to the Charter, Byelaws and Regulations (including but not limited to minor amendments requested by the Privy Council) and to do anything necessary to give effect to these resolutions
  • Following the establishment of the royal charter body, to approve the transfer of the undertaking of the Institute, including all of its assets, subject to its liabilities, to the new royal charter body on such terms and on such date as the Trustees think fit and subject to such transfer, to wind up the Institute


A Destinations Table prepared by our legal advisors BWB, shows how we have moved or amended existing provisions in our Articles of Association into the draft Charter, Byelaws and Regulations.

Members may choose to vote electronically on the proposed Resolution in advance of the AGM, until midday on 27 June 2019 or at the AGM in person.

2019 Trustee Elections

Under Article 7.2 of the Articles of Association, Trustees have a responsibility to ensure that the composition of the Board is broadly reflective of the fundraising profession and the wider fundraising community and has a combination of the appropriate skills.

Trustees were keen to encourage fundraisers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

In overseeing the process for the elections to the Board, and considering co-options, Trustees set the following criteria:


  • Ability to contribute to strategic decision-making;
  • Understanding the governance role of a Trustee;
  • Experience of acting as a representative of an organisation.



  • Fundraiser employed by a single small or medium sized charity
  • Senior experience in public fundraising


After reviewing the applications for trusteeship, the Nominations & Elections Committee agreed that 16 candidates meet the essential criteria and between them meet the desired criteria.

As at 1 July 2019 and prior to the announcement of new trustees the composition of the IoF Board will be:

  • Amanda Bringans (Chair) British Heart Foundation
  • Carol Akiwumi – Consultant
  • Sarah Bissell – Thames Hospice
  • Emily Drayson – Consultant
  • Rohan Hewavisenti – NHS Confederation and IoF Treasurer & Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
  • Isobel Michael – NSP Philanthropy & member of IoF SW Committee
  • Emma-Louise Singh – Nova Fundraising & member of IoF Chilterns Group
  • Claire Rowney – Macmillan Cancer Support


Three trustee vacancies are up for election this year.

Danielle Atkinson has decided, due to work commitments, to step down early. Kath Abrahams will also step down, after reaching the end of her six-year term. We are hugely grateful for their contribution to the IoF.

One Trustee is seeking a further three-year term as an elected Trustee and is standing alongside 15 other candidates.

Votes can be cast electronically until midday on 27 June 2019.

Secure voting instructions have been sent separately to IoF members by Electoral Reform Services.

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