Institute of Fundraising welcomes five new Fellows

7 July 2015

It has been announced that Mark Astarita OBE, Eric Grounds, Liz Monks, Dr Claire Routley and Bruce Tait have all been awarded Fellowships of the Institute of Fundraising at National Fundraising Convention in London.

Fellows are recognised for their contribution to fundraising above and beyond their day job. In particular, fellowship acknowledges the commitment of those who give their time to the Institute in development of the profession of fundraising. 

Richard Taylor, chair of the IoF, said:

“Becoming a Fellow of the Institute is a badge of honour which recognises a substantial contribution to fundraising and to the work of the Institute of Fundraising. As individuals, Fellows offer advice, guidance and support to trustees, staff and IoF members.

“We are delighted to be awarding Fellowships of the Institute to five outstanding fundraisers who have clearly demonstrated immense commitment to so many good causes and great support to the fundraising community. I am particularly pleased that my predecessor as chair, Mark Astarita, is being honoured by the institute for his outstanding contribution to fundraising.”

About our new Fellows:

Mark Astarita OBE

Mark joined the British Red Cross as director of fundraising in 2003, moving from The National Deaf Children's Society where he held the position of deputy chief executive. 

Mark has over 20 years’ experience of fundraising in the voluntary sector and during his eleven years at the British Red Cross, he has been responsible for launching over 60 emergency appeals, including appeals for the 2011 Japan Tsunami, the 2005 London Bombings, the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan appeal and most recently the Ebola Appeal.  

Mark is widely known in the voluntary sector, often utilising his experience through his involvement in a variety of charities and public bodies. In 2008, Mark became a trustee of IoF and was its chair between 2011 and 2014. He is now a trustee on the board of his local hospice, St Joseph’s. Mark was awarded an OBE for services to fundraising in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Eric Grounds

Eric Grounds was director of fundraising at Sue Ryder for five years up until the end of March 2010, during which time he recognised that the charity needed to create a strong regional fundraising presence to support 12 hospices and neurological centres.  He created fundraising manager positions at each centre and specialisms including corporate, trusts, individual giving and legacies.

In addition to his day job, he has been a consultant in the voluntary sector for 23 years at Eric Grounds Fundraising Associates and was previously director of national appeals at Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A former magistrate, Eric Grounds also held the title of High Sheriff of Northumberland between April 2006 and April 2007. 

Liz Monks

Liz has been a professional fundraiser for almost twenty years. Her career has spanned the sector and touched a number of causes - including Terrence Higgins Trust, Action on Hearing Loss, Shelter, Action for Children, Breast Cancer Campaign and Alzheimer's Society.


Liz has raised hundreds of millions over this time, enabling the transformation of the charities she's served along the way. Liz has also supported, developed and guided other fundraisers to do the same, thereby encouraging best practice and the advancement of our profession.


For three years (2012-2014) Liz volunteered her time and contributed her energy and expertise to chairing the National Fundraising Convention Board. Working with the Institute and the 25-strong board of senior fundraisers Liz helped develop an exciting, relevant and topical programme, the highlight of which was the 2014 Convention being a sell-out event.

Dr Claire Routley

Claire has worked in fundraising for ten years, for charities ranging from a local hospice to Age UK. She is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Chartered Marketer. She is also a tutor and examiner on the Institute of Fundraising’s certificate and diploma courses.

In addition to her professional experience, Claire hold’s the world’s first PhD in Legacy Marketing. Her thesis discusses how people’s life experiences have contributed to their legacy decision making, and how they want to be remembered in the future. Claire has spoken on legacies at academic and practitioner conferences nationally and internationally.

Bruce Tait

Bruce has worked as a Fundraiser for over 25 years, holding Director level posts at several highly regarded Scottish charities. As a consultant he has worked for numerous charities throughout Europe and in North America. He is a former Chair of IoF Scotland and a Trustee of the Macrobert Art Centre, Developing World Health, Falkirk Football Community Foundation and Scottish Outdoor Education Centres.

Bruce set up Bruce Tait Associates in 2007 and has grown the company to become Scotland’s leading voluntary sector recruitment agency.

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