Richard Taylor to stay on as IoF Chair and at CRUK

Richard Taylor is to remain as Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and not join Which? as previously announced.

Taylor, who is Executive Director Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK, said today:

“I have been a fundraiser at CRUK for 18 years, been closely involved with the Institute of Fundraising for the last four years as a Trustee, and have had the privilege of being its Chair for the last year.


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“At a time when fundraising is increasingly under the spotlight I have therefore decided that it is no longer tenable for me to make the move to Which?. I am therefore very pleased to announce that it has been agreed by all parties that in the immediate short term I will remain at CRUK, and continue to Chair the IoF”.

Taylor announced in March that he would be taking up the position of Executive Director at the consumer charity in August this year. He had always planned to stay on as Chair of the Institute, following a board vote endorsing his continued role. However, given that Taylor would no longer be managing a fundraising function within a charity, the board decided to review its decision after a year.

He joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, one of the two predecessors of Cancer Research UK, in 1998 as Retail Director, following a career in retail management.

Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute of Fundraising, described the decision as “very good news for the Institute”.
Taylor’s statement comes four days before the Institute holds its major event of the year, the National Fundraising Convention in London, a nearly sold-out event attracting over 2,500 delegates.

The spotlight on fundraising that Taylor mentioned will be a reference to the self-regulation activities that are underway following the public and governmental disquiet about some fundraising methods that was prompted by the death of Royal British Legion volunteer fundraiser Olive Cooke and how that was presented by two national newspapers. Mrs Cooke’s family denied there was any link between the communications she received from charities and her death.