Institute of Fundraising welcomes new Chair and Trustees at Annual General Meeting

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6 July 2017

Amanda Bringans has today formally taken up her role as the new Chair of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) today. Taking over from her predecessor, Richard Taylor, Amanda thanked him for his work on behalf of the IoF and entire Fundraising Community.

During the AGM, the IoF also announced 3 trustees to the Institute’s Board following the recent election by members. Danielle Atkinson and Emily Drayson have both been re-elected as trustees, and Isobel Michael has been elected for the first time to serve on the IoF’s Board. Trustees can serve up to two three year terms on the board.

Isobel Michael has over twenty-five years’ experience in fundraising in the UK and Australia, working in charities and as a consultant specialising in philanthropic fundraising, capital projects and capacity building for smaller charities. She is passionate about fundraising as a profession that shares expertise, best practice and where fundraisers learn from each other. As Secretary of the Institute of Fundraising South West Regional Group for twenty years, she organised regular conferences, training and networking events, 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 their Mentoring Programme.

Danielle Atkinson and Emily Drayson were initially 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 former member of the Fundraising Convention Board. Emily 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.

At the Board meeting immediately following the AGM - Amanda Bringan's first as Chair - trustees elected Kath Abrahams, Director of Engagement and Fundraising at Diabetes UK, as Vice Chair of the IoF. Trustees also agreed to co-opt Tim Hunter, Oxfam's Director of Fundraising, onto the Board. Tim had stood for election by the membership and came a very close fourth.

The Annual General Meeting was held at the Barbican Centre in the City of London on the first day of the IoF’s annual Fundraising Convention. The IoF’s Annual Report was also presented during the AGM.

Isobel Michael, newly elected trustee of the Institute of Fundraising, said:

It is an honour and a real privilege to become an Institute of Fundraising trustee. This is an exciting time for the Institute and the fundraising community needs a strong professional membership body working for us all. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience, particularly with smaller charities across the UK, to help champion excellent fundraising, further develop the profession, and to help to support the wonderful work of fundraisers throughout the country.”