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. 

 Rohan Hewavisenti

Rohan Hewavisenti

Hon. Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Rohan is interim chief operating officer at WWF-UK. He is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in fundraising charities. He was previously executive director of finance and resources at British Red Cross, Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) and Breast Cancer Care. Rohan’s has been a trustee of Charity Finance Directors' Group and the management committee of Charity Tax Group. 

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Carol Akiwumi

Trustee

Carol was elected as a Trustee in July 2015 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Carol is the former Chair of the 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.

Sarah Bissell

Sarah Bissell

Trustee

Sarah has almost 20 years fundraising experience as a practitioner, director and consultant at small and large charities. In the last 3 years Autistica’s income has grown by 409% through key new corporate partnerships and transformative major gifts. Before that Sarah lead European partnership fundraising for SeriousFun Children’s Network, a US charity, winning multi million dollar global partnerships. Sarah has worked both in the UK and globally for organisations operating in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa managing fundraising at a regional and global level.

Sarah has worked globally with agencies such as WWF the Red Cross, Greenpeace, on market entry studies, creating fundraising strategies and budgets and fundraising training. In the UK, Sarah has lead big and small fundraising teams at large agencies such as the British Red Cross as well as at smaller UK charities.

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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.

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.

Claire Rowney

Claire Rowney

Trustee

Claire joined Save the Children in March 2017, as Executive Director of Fundraising. Prior to joining Save the Children Claire worked for 13 years at Cancer Research UK, leading Race for Life, the UK's largest fundraising event, Stand Up To Cancer, a televised fundraising campaign in collaboration with Channel 4, Innovation and Corporate Partnerships. Claire has over 20 years of fundraising and marketing experience.

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Emma-Louise Singh

Trustee

Emma-Louise is a fundraising consultant working with small charities and has over a decade’s worth of fundraising experience. Starting her career as an Events fundraiser working for large charities, such as Christian Aid, she then went on to work for small charities, where she has gained experience across a wide range of fundraising tactics. During her time as a sole-fundraiser she has successfully implemented new fundraising programmes from scratch for local, national and international organisations.

Emma-Louise was a committee member for the IoF special interest group- the Event Mangers Forum until 2011 and currently sits on the committee for the IoF Chilterns region. Passionate about being the best fundraiser she can be, Emma-Louise has achieved both the Diploma and the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising.

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, 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.