IoF members endorse governance changes and elect three new trustees

7 July 2015

Institute of Fundraising (IoF) members have voted to endorse a change in how the Institute is governed, overwhelmingly supporting a resolution changing the Institute’s Articles of Association.

The change means that as of today’s AGM the IoF Board is streamlined from 18 to 12 members, with the majority of the Board (8 of the 12) elected by the membership. Four members of the Board will be co-opted.

The vote follows a consultation with members earlier this year and reflects feedback the IoF received in relation to the size, composition and remit of the Board.

The changes voted on by IoF members means that a number of trustees have agreed to step down from the IoF Board. These include Di Flatt (Chair of the IoF Nations and Regions Chairs) and David Eder (Chair of the IoF Special Interest Groups Chairs).

The three elected trustees from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Gordon Michie, Joseph Cuff and Mags Tierney) have also stood aside.

All five have committed to working with the IoF over the coming year to ensure that plans to build on how the IoF engages with its Groups and its members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are best implemented.

Alongside the vote on the resolution members were also asked to elect three from their midst from a field of 13 candidates to the Board. Individual members re-elected Irene Chambers for her second term and elected IoF Fellows Carol Akiwumi and Giles Pegram CBE alongside her.

Mike Wade, IoF Trustee and Chair of its Policy Advisory Board, will replace Lynda Thomas as the IoF representative on the Fundraising Standards Board. Lynda has decided to stand down from the Board due to work commitments in her new role as Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Kevin Kibble is standing down from the IoF Board after three years as a trustee but will remain as Chair of the IoF National Fundraising Awards Judges and as a member of Nominations Committee.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said:

“I would like to say a huge personal thank you to the Trustees who are stepping down. They have all been tremendous servants to the Institute and a great support to me personally. Their efforts have helped set the foundations for us to go from strength to strength.

“I look forward to working with the newly elected Board members, as part of our streamlined Board.

“They join the Institute when we have moved to new premises with excellent facilities for our Academy programme; delivered a small surplus over the last 2 years to invest in new initiatives, and are in the middle of a sell-out National Fundraising Convention.”


Notes to Editors:

A full list of IoF Board members:

Richard Taylor, Chair; Stephen George, Vice Chair; Helen Elliott, Treasurer; Kath Abrahams; Danielle Atkinson; Emily Drayson; Karen McKenzie; Tanya Steele; Mike Wade; Irene Chambers; Carol Akiwumi; Giles Pegram CBE.

About the three trustees newly elected by IoF members:

Carol Akiwumi 

Carol is a fundraiser and trainer with extensive cross-functional experience of working in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Carol is a regular contributor to conferences and IOF courses, and also works with national and international agencies of different sizes to create and deliver resource mobilisation/capacity building programmes for their staff and volunteers. 

A Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising, she serves as the Chair of Black Fundraisers UK and works with funders like Comic Relief and Big Lottery, to support BAME Groups and Fundraisers.


Irene Chambers 

Irene is Fundraising Manager for a small medical charity based in Manchester having worked previously for a national charity and another locally based charity. She is also currently the Events & Conference Co-ordinator for the IoF North West Committee, which organises a two-day conference, mentoring, networking and training events throughout the year.


Irene is committed to the work of smaller charities and those of fundraisers in the regions and has served a previous three year term on the IoF Board.


Giles Pegram CBE 

As one of a small group committed to developing fundraising as a profession, Giles was a founder member, then Chair of the Institute.  He has been a champion of best practice and innovation in the sector and, to this end, set up and Chaired the Institute’s National Convention and introduced its Training Programme, and sat on Standards Committee until 2012. 

He was Appeals Director at the NSPCC where he increased income from £3m to £145m and set up the Full Stop appeal, raising £274m. He joins the Boards with an in-depth knowledge of the practice and theory of fundraising as a discipline.  

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