Professional Fundraising has published this year’s list of the 50 most influential people in fundraising, as voted for by the magazine’s readers. Top of the list once again was Joe Saxton, chair of the Institute of Fundraising. UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake made it to number 11.
Joe Saxton retains his top position, the first time that the same person has retained their top position in the four years of the poll. He is joined by 23 new entrants, attributed by the magazine to, in part, the establishment of the Fundraising Standards Board and changes in the regulatory and government offices.
Fundraising practitioners, including both fundraisers and consultants, are more prominent on this year’s list compared to last years. This year there are 16 fundraisers on the list, up from eight last year, and 15 fundraising consultants, up from nine.
Stretching the top 10 to a top 11 for entirely personal reasons, the list consists of:
1. Joe Saxton, driver of ideas at nfpSynergy and chair of the Institute of Fundraising
2. Alan Gosschalk, director of fundraising at Shelter and director of the ImpACT Coalition
3. Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer
4. Alan Clayton, managing director of Cascaid
5. Lindsey Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising
6. Professor Adrian Sargeant, Bristol Business School
7. Mick Aldridge, chief executive, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association
8. Ken Burnett, chair of the Cascaid Group, and chair of ActionAid
9. Jon Scourse, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board
10. Tony Elischer, managing director of THINK Consulting Solutions
11. Howard Lake, publisher of UK Fundraising
As Professional Fundraising pointed out, there were some surprising absences from the list. Cathy Pharoah, director of research at CAF, and Stephen Dunmore and Vanessa Potter from the Big Lottery Fund all failed to appear in the list.
New entrants to the list include Rupert Tappin (Future Fundraising), Julius Wolff-Ingham (The Salvation Army), John Baguley (International Fundraising Consultancy), and Elias Koronis (Shelter).
The highest new entrant was Mick Aldridge of the PFRA.
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