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


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. 

Claire Rowney 

Claire Rowney

Vice Chair 

Claire joined Macmillan Cancer Support in February 2019 as their Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications from Save the Children where she was Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing since early 2017. Prior to this, Claire spent 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.

 Rohan Hewavisenti

Rohan Hewavisenti

Hon. Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Rohan is the director of finance and corporate services at the NHS Confederation, an independent charity.  He is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in fundraising charities. He was previously director of resources at British Red Cross, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Breast Cancer Care. Rohan was also a trustee of the Charity Finance Directors' Group and on the governing body of an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Carol Akiwumi

Trustee and Chair of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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.

Carol was appointed Chair of the IoF's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in June 2019.

 Sarah Bissell

Sarah Bissell


Sarah has almost 20 years of fundraising experience as a practitioner, director and consultant at small and large charities. She is Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Thames Hospice, having previously worked at Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research charity. 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 and Greenpeace, on market entry studies, creating fundraising strategies and budgets and fundraising training. In the UK, Sarah has led big and small fundraising teams including roles at the British Red Cross as well as at smaller UK charities.

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Emily Drayson


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.

 Joyce Fraser

Joyce Fraser


Joyce was elected to the Board of Trustee in July 2019.

Joyce grew up in South London, and has lived and travelled the world, living in Jamaica for 5 years where she was Head of Human Resources Development & Airline Procedures, for Air Jamaica, and set up the Computer Learning Centre in New Kingston. In the UK she headed up Human Resource Development for Europe for the Australian High Commission Department of Immigration and Multi-Culture, Managed Technical Training for UK Power Networks, and provided consultancy for EDF Energy, and Transport for London. Joyce currently lectures for the Open University Business School. She devotes her time to charity, chairing the Black Heroes Foundation, in tribute to her late husband Flip Fraser. Issues of race, equality, opportunity, and empowerment are the DNA of Joyce’s modus operandi.

She incorporated the Black Heroes Foundation as a charity in October 2016. Its vision is “a world where Black Heroes are acknowledged, respected and celebrated”. Their event “The Black Heroes Soul Café” goes into communities engaging, educating, entertaining and empowering, the young, old, homeless and sick. Working across communities, cultures and generations, impacting on people’s health & wellbeing, sense of belonging and empowerment. Joyce was inspired by her late husband’s iconic show “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame” which re-opened the Hackney Empire 30 years ago, toured the UK, USA and Jamaica, with its last performance in 2007. The show’s strapline was “5,000 years of Black History in one night of theatre!”

The Prime Minister has honoured Joyce with the Points of Light Award for her inspiring voluntary work with the Black Heroes Foundation.

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Kelvin Hopkins


Kelvin started in the fundraising sector in 2006, and since that time has undertaken senior roles in door-to-door, private site and telephone fundraising. Kelvin is owner and Managing Director of The Professional Fundraiser Ltd, a mid-size public fundraising agency that he started in 2012. Kelvin is a huge advocate for professional and ethical fundraising practice and is committed to continuously improving the relationship between agencies and governing bodies in the sector, as well as the public image of fundraising. Kelvin is also Chair of Trustees of a local homeless Charity.

Isobel Michael

Isobel Michael


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.

Sofia Zeenet Sheikh

Sofia Zeenat Sheikh


Sofia was elected as a Trustee in July 2019 and has worked in fundraising both voluntarily and professionally for the last 15 years. Currently Charity Director for RAISE (West Hertfordshire Hospital Charity) she was previously the Fundraising Manager for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre. She has worked for other small-medium charities in the past. She is dedicated to initiating new ideas and helping to evolve fundraising to keep up with the wider community.

Sofia is a committee member of Parveen’s Annual Cancer Event (a voluntary organisation that raises funds for cancer sufferers in the UK and abroad) and a member of the IoF Chilterns region Committee.

Passionate about using her business degree and her IoF Diploma in Fundraising, she aims to be innovative, achieve sustainable growth and bring about change through an enterprising attitude.

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Emma-Louise Singh

Trustee and Chair of Learning & Development Committee

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 Managers 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 almost twenty years and is currently Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust. Previous roles have included Director of Fundraising at Battersea and Head of Direct Marketing at the British Red Cross. Liz is also proud to be a fellow of the Institute of Fundraising, was chair of the Fundraising Convention Board from 2015-2017 and chairs the Standards Advisory Board.