IoF Trustees

The Trustees are elected by members of the Institute of Fundraising and meet four times a year. Trustees stand for three years and can be re-elected for a further three-year term. The Trustees also have the power to co-opt additional members onto the Board for their specific skills.

 

Current Trustees: 

Amanda Bringans

Amanda Bringans

Chair

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. 

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Kath Abrahams

Vice Chair & Chair of the Learning & Development Committee

A Trustee of the Institute since April 2013, Kath is Director of Engagement & Fundraising at Diabetes UK.  She joined Diabetes UK from Kings College London where she was Executive Director of Fundraising & Supporter Development. 

She was previously Director of Engagement & Income Generation at Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now Breast Cancer Now) and held senior roles at NSPCC and ChildLine. Kath chairs the Institute of Fundraising’s Learning and Development committee. Before joining the charity sector, Kath was General Manager at London's Bloomsbury Theatre. 

 Carol Akuwumi trustee

Carol Akiwumi

Trustee

Carol was elected as a Trustee in July 2015. A Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising, she serves as the Chair of Black Fundraisers UK and works with funders like Comic Relief and Big Lottery, to support BAME Groups and Fundraisers. 

A regular contributor to conferences and IoF courses, she also works with national and international agencies of different sizes to create and deliver resource mobilisation/capacity building programmes for their staff and volunteers. 

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Danielle Atkinson

Trustee

Danielle was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2014. Danielle has been a professional fundraiser for over ten years, and is currently Head of Individual Giving at Plan International UK. She is an active fundraising blogger and a former member of the Fundraising Convention Board.

Irene Chambers 

Irene Chambers

Trustee & Chair of the Membership Committee 

Irene Chambers MInstF(Dip) has served a Trustee of the Institute since July 2012. She is a Fundraising Manager with Kidneys for Life a medical charity based in Manchester. She is a member of the IoF North West Regional Group. Irene’s has worked previously for Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Fairbridge and the YWCA in Scotland. Irene is also a trustee of Rossendale Hospice. 

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Emily Drayson

Trustee

Emily was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2014. She is an experienced fundraising researcher and provides freelance prospect research and analysis to charities, educational institutions and arts organisations across the UK.

Emily is a member of the Researchers in Fundraising Special Interest Group.

Helen Elliott 

Helen Elliott

Trustee, Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Helen has been Treasurer of the IoF since 2012 and is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. She is also a partner at Sayer Vincent, a firm of auditors and advisors to charities and not for profit organisations. She is an audit partner and also leads VAT, gift aid, governance, mergers and due diligence reviews and provides training and facilitation for charities on finance, tax, governance and risk. 

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Tim Hunter

Trustee

Tim Hunter is Director of Fundraising at Oxfam GB. In this role he leads a team of dedicated people engaging with supporters and mobilising over £100 million a year to support the goal of a world free from the injustice of poverty. He believes passionately that people give to change the world and they want to engage with organisations that help them make a difference in their own way and on their own terms. Prior to joining Oxfam, he was International Fundraising Director for UNICEF, based in Geneva, for 5 years. During this period UNICEF’s private sector income grew to $1.5 billion. He led a global fundraising team operating in more than 50 countries and working with flagship corporate partners. Before UNICEF he worked for a number of high profile UK non profits including Shelter – the National Campaign for Homeless People and the NSPCC, where he played a central role in the highly successful FULL STOP Campaign. Tim is playing an active part in changing fundraising in the UK so that charities can respond to the needs and 21st century supporters. He was closely involved in the Commission on the Donor Experience which seeks to transform the experience of giving and was a member of the recent NCVO working group on donor consent. He has also been Chair of the International Fundraising Congress, which held annually is the largest global event for fundraising and development. Tim is a graduate of the London School of Economics.  

Isobel Michael

Isobel Michael

Trustee

Isobel was elected as a Trustee in July 2017. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in fundraising in the UK and Australia, working within charities and as a consultant specialising in philanthropic fundraising, capital projects, evaluation and capacity building for smaller organisations. She is also a trustee of First Steps (Bath).

Isobel was Secretary of the Institute of Fundraising South West Regional Group for twenty years and became a Fellow of the IoF in 2009. She was also a member of the Victoria Executive for the Fundraising Institute of Australia for three years, managing the Mentoring Programme.

Giles Pegram trustee 

Giles Pegram CBE

Trustee

Giles was elected as a Trustee in July 2015. A founder member, then Chair of the Institute, Giles has been a champion of best practice and innovation in the sector. He set up and Chaired the Institute’s 'Fundraising Convention' and introduced its Training Programme, and was a member of the Institute’s Standards Committee until 2012.

As Appeals Director at the NSPCC he increased income from £3m to £145m and set up the Full Stop appeal, raising £274m.

Giles has an in-depth knowledge of the practice and theory of fundraising as a discipline.   

Liz Tait

Liz Tait

Trustee and Chair of the Standards Advisory Board

Liz has been a professional fundraiser for more than sixteen years, currently Director of Fundraising at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and trustee of Action on Hearing Loss. Liz is also proud to be a fellow of the Institute of Fundraising, has been a member of the IoF Learning & Development committee and was chair of the Fundraising Convention Board from 2015-2017. 

Dominic Will 

Dominic Will

Trustee

Currently joint Managing Director of HOME Fundraising, Dominic's early career saw him in a variety of roles from managing commercial partnerships at RNID to devising award-winning employee engagement programmes for blue chip companies at the Charities Aid Foundation. In 2002, Dominic Will began to establish with Neil Hope what has now become HOME Fundraising – the largest commercial employer of Door to Door fundraisers in Europe. A respected and authoritative industry commentator, Dominic is a regular panellist and speaker at sector events. He is a passionate advocate of sector organizations being recognized not only for their fundraising output, but also their contribution to the employment and development of vast numbers of individuals within the sector and their impact on the wider economy.