Committee Recruitment 2019

Help shape the future of fundraising and the Institute of Fundraising

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be involved with the Institute of Fundraising as we embark on the final stage of our journey to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Over this summer and early autumn, we will be recruiting new members to some of the key committees that drive our work on behalf of our members, including to our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

We are looking to recruit new members to join the following committees:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Nominations and Elections Committee
  • Standards Advisory Board


We are committed to increasing the diversity of the membership of all of our committees, and would particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT+ fundraisers, as well as from people who would add particular specialist insight to the respective committees.

To be eligible to join one of our committees you must be an individual member of the IoF, work for a charity that’s an organisational or corporate member or bring specific specialist skills which we need on that particular committee. For example, as well as seeking a diverse range of fundraisers for our EDI Committee, we will also be seeking people with specific EDI expertise; on our Finance & Resources Committee we will be interested in people with specialist finance or business skills.

Each committee will also aim to reflect the diversity, size and scope of the fundraising community, taking into account the size of charities people work for; whether fundraisers are directly employed by charities, are consultants or work for partner agencies; and involvement in our own membership communities (for example, with experience of our regional or special interest groups).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (to be chaired by Carol Akiwumi)

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee will support the Board and the Executive team to deliver the Institute’s strategic objective to make the profession, and the Institute itself, more equal, diverse and inclusive. The committee will advise on the delivery of the EDI strategy, review progress, provide challenge and support, and advise the Board and staff team as necessary and make any representations or recommendations to the Institute Board as necessary.

We would like to recruit a diverse range of fundraisers with lived experience of the current challenges, as well as people with specific expertise in EDI issues, from either within or outside the charity sector.

Finance and Resources Committee (Chaired by Rohan Hewavisenti)

The Finance and Resources Committee is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the resources of the Institute including Finance, People, Data and Technology, to support the delivery of the Board’s strategic objectives.  The Committee scrutinises and evaluates the financial performance of the Institute on behalf of the Board, contributes to the People strategy for the Institute and oversees risk review and mitigation.   The Committee is also currently providing oversight of our investment in technology and digital solutions.

The Committee aims to reflect the diversity, size and scope of the fundraising community. Members of the Committee should be able to demonstrate specific skills and experience relating to the work of the Committee, ideally being able to contribute at a strategic as well as technical level.

Nominations and Elections Committee (Chaired by Kevin Kibble)

The Nominations and Elections Committee is responsible for overseeing the application and selection processes for elected and co-opted Trustees of the Institute. It also takes the lead on promoting and advising on nominations for the Institute’s honours including the Lifetime Contribution Award and Fellowship of the Institute.

The Committee aims to be reflective of the whole fundraising community and we would welcome applications from individuals from charities of all sizes.  We would particularly welcome applications from fundraisers with a cultural sector background and from fundraisers from larger charities.

Standards Advisory Board (Chaired by Liz Tait)

The Standards Advisory Board advises the Board and staff team on issues around best practice in fundraising; positions the Institute needs to take in relation to regulatory and legal matters as they relate to fundraising standards and the Code of Fundraising Practice. The Standards Advisory Board also oversees the Institute’s strategy for developing guidance and best practice resources to support and guide IoF members and the wider fundraising community. 

We are looking for individuals who can provide insight and experience on how fundraising standards affect day to day activity; people who can think strategically about good practice across the fundraising community; and those who know what it means for charities to be compliant with the regulatory framework. Most importantly, you will be able to contribute your experience to inform our position on what excellent fundraising means.

You can find more information about our committees including current membership at

How to apply?

To apply please email a one-page covering letter saying which Committee you wish to join, and what experiences and perspectives you will bring to the Committee. You’re welcome to attach a CV if you wish to as well.

We would be grateful if you could also complete the diversity monitoring form so that we can accurately monitor the diversity of the people who are applying to get involved.

If you would prefer to apply in a way that better suits you, please let us know, or if you would like an informal chat about any of our Committees you can do so by contacting Eilis O’Connor at 

The deadline for applications is close of play on 6 September. Please email your application to

How do we select?

We are committed to increasing the diversity of the membership of all of our committees, and would particularly welcome applications from people who will increase the diversity of each committee.

We want to ensure our committees include people who have the right skills and experience to contribute effectively, and that collectively they reflect the scale and size of our membership across the UK.

Interviews will be scheduled with the Chairs of each of the committees and successful candidates may be invited to observe a committee meeting before being formally invited to join the committee.