Suzanne McCarthy appointed as Independent Chair of IoF Standards Committee

Suzanne McCarthy appointed as Independent Chair of IoF Standards Committee

6 September 2015

Suzanne McCarthy appointed first Independent Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Standards Committee

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has announced the appointment of Suzanne McCarthy as the first Independent Chair of its Standards Committee, the body that sets the rules for fundraising.

McCarthy is the first independent lay member to join Standards Committee, and will soon be joined by three other independent lay members, brought on by the IoF Board to further ensure that the voice of the public and donors sits alongside that of fundraisers and the charity sector in setting the standards for fundraising.

Named in Cranfield University’s  Female FTSE 100 Women to Watch lists of 2014 and 2015, McCarthy has held a number of senior public sector positions including Immigration Services Commissioner; Chief Executive, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and Chief Executive, Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Before entering the public sector, she worked as a solicitor in private practice and was a lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.

On her appointment, Suzanne McCarthy, said: “I am honoured to take on the responsibility of chairing Fundraising’s Standards Committee at a time when the practices and standards around fundraising are under such scrutiny.

“Charities need to retain the confidence and respect of the public, especially when asking for donations and support. I see it as my role as the new independent chair of Standards Committee to continue to drive the development of fundraising standards which balances the needs of charities to raise money for their causes with the public’s desire to have a good experience when they give. I look forward to working with my fellow Committee members achieve this.”

Richard Taylor, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “We are delighted that Suzanne is taking on the role of leading the body responsible for setting standards for fundraising at such a critical time for the charity sector.

“It is crucial that the voice of donors and the public is heard alongside that of fundraisers as the standards for charity fundraising are reviewed and strengthened.

 “We hope that the overall composition of Standards Committee, comprising the essential insight of fundraisers; the views of our self-regulatory partners; legal and consumer expertise; input from the public; all under Suzanne McCarthy’s leadership, will enable us to react more quickly both to changes in fundraising practice and to public opinion.

“We expect all fundraising organisations to comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice as they raise funds for their good causes. We hope that by refreshing the way we set these standards we can ensure the best balance between the duty of charities to fundraise on behalf of their beneficiaries with the need for them to maintain public trust and confidence as they do so.”


Biography of Suzanne McCarthy, Independent Chair:

Suzanne McCarthy is Chair of both Depaul UK, a youth homeless charity, and of the General Chiropractic Council.  She is a member of the Advertising Standards Authority, and of the Boards of the University of London, the Human Tissue Authority, the Senet Group, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ UK and Ireland Regulatory Board.  She is the Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority.

In her executive career Suzanne was Immigration Services Commissioner and Chief Executive of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Suzanne was previously a member of the General Medical Council, the Royal Institute of Architects, the Public Guardian Board and the Pensions Regulator’s Determination Panel.