Richard Taylor, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK, has been nominated as the Institute of Fundraising’s Chair elect. He will take over from Mark Astarita when he completes his three year term at the Institute’s AGM next month.
Taylor joined Cancer Research UK in April 1998, when it was the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. He was appointed a trustee of the Institute in March 2011.
He is also Chairman of the Neuro Foundation.
Mark Astarita said:
“I am delighted that I will be succeeded by one of the most successful Directors of Fundraising from the largest fundraising charity in the UK. Richard has already contributed a huge amount to the Institute over the last three years as a trustee, a member of Standards Committee and as our nominee on the Fundraising Standards Board.”
Taylor commented that one of his highest priorities was to ensure that the Code of Fundraising Practice continued to demand the highest standards from fundraisers to maintain the trust and confidence of the public in the way that fundraisers raised funds for the causes they care about.
“Whether it’s meeting the needs of the sole fundraiser deftly securing income from a variety of sources for a niche cause or a highly specialised team of major donor fundraisers in a large international charity, the IoF must always strive to remain innovative and relevant.
“We must also continue to be at the forefront of policy impact and influence, as the trusted voice of our members, making sure decision makers – in government and elsewhere – make the most of the knowledge, experience and passion we all bring to our causes”.