IoF welcomes Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland

IoF welcomes Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland

8 December 2016

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has today welcomed the announcement of the members of the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland, which will oversee fundraising standards and fundraising complaints about charities registered in Scotland.

The panel will be chaired by Alison Elliot, Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh. The panel members include:

Jay Butler, Trustee SCVO, Non-executive director NHS 24, Non-executive director of Apex Scotland

Sheila Logan, Experienced Data Protection Adviser and Trainer

Cathy Bell, Director of Development and Alumni, Glasgow University

Val Surgenor, Partner MacRoberts and Chair of Aberlour Child Care Trust

Paul Drury, Director of Income Generation & Development, Bethany Christian Trust

Ann-Marie Devlin, Head of Fundraising Sense Scotland and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scottish Standards Advisory Committee

Michelle Armstrong, Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager, Cancer Research UK


The IoF will now be looking to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with the new Panel so that it can work closely with it to ensure the experience and expertise of its members in Scotland are fully shared and considered as the Panel begins its work.

Speaking after the announcement, Fraser Hudghton of IoF Scotland, said: “We are delighted that this new Panel has such a breadth of fundraising experience and expertise at its core. This will be critical for its success in both helping to shape the regulatory framework in Scotland and also for understanding both the needs and aspirations of charities and their supporters. We look forward to working closely with the panel on behalf of the fundraising community.

“We are particularly pleased that Anne-Marie Devlin, who has chaired our Standards Advisory Committee in Scotland, is to play a key role as a member of the Panel. Her experience as a fundraiser, and reflecting the wider fundraising community in Scotland, will be valuable for this new Panel as it embarks on an important new era for self-regulation in Scotland.

“The IoF has a strong record of gathering some of the best thinkers on standard setting for fundraising and will be looking to feed into the work of the Panel to support excellent, ethical charity fundraising that connects donors with the causes they care about.”

With the new Panel now in place, the IoF is looking to see how it can complement its work in Scotland. As part of this process a new Standards Advisory Board for Scotland will be established to respond to proposals of any changes in regulation in Scotland and ensure the views of IoF members in Scotland are taken on board.

Details of the recruitment process for the new IoF Advisory Board will be announced to IoF members before Christmas.