IoF announces three new trustees at annual general meeting

IoF announces three new trustees at annual general meeting

2 July 2018

During the AGM, the IoF announced three trustees to the Institute’s Board following the recent election by members. Carol Akiwumi has been re-elected as a trustee, and Sarah Bissell and Emma-Louise Singh 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.

Carol Akiwumi was initially elected as a Trustee in July 2015 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Carol is the CEO of RAA Solutions, a creative fundraising and training consultancy. She is also the former Chair of the Black Fundraisers UK and works with funders like Comic Relief and Big Lottery, to support BAME Groups and Fundraisers.

Sarah Bissell has over 20 years’ experience fundraising for a range of causes; from WWF to the British Red Cross, and now at her current role as Director of Fundraising at Autistica. She is passionate about providing training, sharing and sector governance to give fundraisers the best tools to thrive. She champions real diversity in approaches in order to achieve excellence will change the world.

Emma-Louise Singh has been in the fundraising sector for over 12 years and worked in a range of different charities before moving to freelance in 2017. She is passionate about helping smaller charities with limited resources achieve fundraising excellence, and her company Nova Fundraising Ltd is dedicated to that mission. Emma-Louise is a member of the IoF Chilterns committee.

Amanda Bringans, Chair of IoF said

“I’m so delighted that Carol Akiwumi, Sarah Bissel and Emma-Louise Singh will join the Institute’s board of trustees; they bring with them a wealth of experience in fundraising leadership. They are all highly respected in their areas of expertise and I look forward to welcoming them to our fantastic trustee board.

I must also pay special tribute to the work of Irene Chambers, Helen Elliott and Giles Pegram CBE to whom we owe a massive debt of gratitude for their years of dedication and hard work in support of fundraisers, and of course our donors and beneficiaries.”

AGM delegates also heard results from the annual report; over the course of the year, the IoF have continued to deliver against Strategic objectives and the Convention and Fundraising Awards had another success year. Over 2,400 fundraisers are participating in Convention 2018, 146 people gained an IoF qualification, 1,800 attended one of the conferences or events and the IoF’s National, Regional and Special Interest Groups continued to grow their reach.

Read the annual report in full.


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Notes to editors:

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice. We have over 6,000 individual members and over 575 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year.