IoF welcomes four new fellows

IoF welcomes four new fellows

1 July 2019

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has today announced four new Fellows who have given a significant voluntary contribution to fundraising: Irene Chambers, Morag Fleming, Joe Jenkins and Ikhlaq Hussain.


IoF Fellows are recognised for their contribution to fundraising, often going above and beyond their day job and supporting the fundraising community. In particular, becoming a Fellow acknowledges the commitment of those who give their time to the IoF helping to develop the profession, improve standards, and support colleagues. As individuals, Fellows offer advice, guidance and support to trustees, staff and IoF members, acting as leaders within the fundraising community.

Irene Chambers

Irene is Fundraising Manager for Kidneys for Life. She has been a unifying member of the fundraising community in the North West, including as a valued member of IoF North West Committee, North West conference committee, and her role on the Finances and Resources Committee nationally. She is an advocate for smaller charities and was key in developing fundraising training in the North West.

Irene helps develop and grow future talent within fundraising and is committed to offering learning opportunities.

Morag Fleming

Morag was previously the convenor of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (Scotland) and was awarded Institute of Fundraising Scotland Fundraiser of the Year in 2006.

Morag was Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland from 2015 to 2019, and a long-standing volunteer for many years before that. She’s contributed to the conference committee, among others, as well as regularly sharing her expertise with training, research and conferences in Scotland and beyond.

In Morag’s time as Chair, she has helped the Institute grow their membership to more than 600, the numbers of fundraisers engaging through events and training, and the Institute’s income and staff team in Scotland. During a difficult media climate, particularly for fundraising in the rest of the UK, under Morag’s leadership we have been able to establish a sensible and proportionate system of self-regulation in Scotland that has the full support of the fundraising community.

Joe Jenkins

Joe has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Institute over a number of years serving on a number of committees and lending his time and energy to many projects and events.  He has been a member of the Fundraising Convention Board for five years, and has chaired the Board for the past three of those. 

He has also been very committed to ensuring much greater integration with other parts of the Institute, including the Learning & Development Committee, which has helped to position Convention as just one part of a broader development offering to members. 

Joe has also served on the Standards Advisory Board for the past three years, where he has helped to shape and guide the development of appropriate standards.

Ikhlaq Hussain

Ikhlaq has been a member of the Institute since 2012 and in the past three years has become actively involved in supporting the Institute and its activities. At Orphans in Need he has set up and run the charity’s major gifts activity.

He has served as a committee member for the South East & London group since November 2016, and as a trainer for the group’s Introduction to Fundraising course. He also assists with the group’s First Thursday events, and is currently identifying new speakers from a BAME background to increase the diversity of those presenting.

Ikhlaq is committed to helping spread fundraising advice and support, and writes for a number of fundraising publications as well as mentoring early career fundraisers. His presence and activities have resulted in him being selected as one of the ’25 under 35’ fundraisers by Fundraising Magazine in 2018.


The Board has also awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Sufina Ahmad for her work leading the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel and paving the way for the next stage of the Institute’s work improving diversity in the fundraising sector.

Amanda Bringans, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, said

I want to congratulate four new Fellows of the Institute:  Irene Chambers, Morag Fleming, Joe Jenkins and Ikhlaq Hussain. Each in their different way has contributed their time, expertise and insight to the Institute and the fundraising profession, and richly deserve being honoured in this way.

I’m also delighted that the Board has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Sufina Ahmad for her huge contribution as chair of our expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Her passion, expertise, commitment and quite simply the time she has offered to the Institute over the last 18 months has shaped the future of the profession through sculpting our whole approach to EDI, through the Manifesto for Change and our new EDI Strategy which will be launched on Wednesday.


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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 around 6,000 individual members and over 600 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year.