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About Chartered Institute of Fundraising

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising.

We champion our members’ excellence in fundraising. We support fundraisers through professional development and education. We connect fundraisers across all sectors and skill sets to share and learn with each other.

We do this so that together we can best serve our causes and communities both now and in the future.

Feedback from their Members

Chartered Institute members were recently invited to share their thoughts on the skills, experience and qualities they wanted to see in their new Chair of trustees. It also asked them to share views on the Chair’s top priorities upon starting the role.

The responses overall indicated a strong preference for the next Chair to be an individual drawn from the fundraising sector, someone who has a thorough understanding of the needs of fundraisers. The individual would have previous trustee or Board level experience and a strong emphasis was placed on being able to evidence experience of change management, both cultural change and engagement.

Other areas of interest are lived experience within the spectrum of diversity. The key priorities expressed by respondents were to lead the Board to clarify the purpose and to ensure the Chartered Institute is able to truly represent its members, to rebuild trust with the fundraising community, support the leadership and cultural change, recognise volunteer contributions, listen to and advocate for fundraising across the UK nations.

The Role

The Chair will hold the Board and Senior Leadership Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.

Person Specification

Strategic leadership

  • Ensure that the Institute has a clear vision, mission, and strategic plan, and that there is a common understanding of these by the Chief Executive and the Trustees.
  • Provide leadership to the Institute and its Board, ensuring that the Institute has maximum impact for its members and the wider fundraising community.
  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Institute.
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives and provides a clear strategic direction for the Institute.
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and manage and mitigate the risks.
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.

Relationship with the Chief Executive and the wider management team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives.
  • Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges.
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Institute’s work, providing support as necessary.
  • Conduct an annual appraisal for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees.
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support.

Efficiency and effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process.
  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, longterm interests of the Institute and that the Board takes collective ownership.
  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees.
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of Trustees.
  • Monitor those decisions taken at meetings are implemented. Governance
  • Ensure that the governance structure of the Institute is appropriate to enable it to best take forward its charitable objects.
  • Regularly meet with representatives of the Institute’s regional, national, and special interest groups and ensure strong communications with grassroots members.
  • Ensure the Institute is a representative membership body for individuals, organisations and corporate partners.
  • Appropriately develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees.
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis.
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively.

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the Institute.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with key members of the Government and with key partner organisations.
  • Act as a spokesperson as appropriate.
  • Represent the Institute at external functions, meetings, and events.



  • A strong and visible passion and commitment to fundraising, the Institute and its strategic objectives.
  • Experience of operating successfully at a senior strategic leadership level.
  • Strong inter-personal, networking and relationship building abilities so as to be comfortable in a senior ambassadorial role with government and external stakeholders
  • Ability to represent the Institute in the media
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of fundraising, the wider charitable sector and current issues affecting it.
  • Commitment to the role, including travel and attending events out of office hours.
  • Experience and understanding of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings and events.


  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together.
  • Experience of senior external representation and influence.
  • Financial and business management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance.
  • Experience of operating successfully at a senior strategic leadership level within the fundraising community.

Job Features

Job CategoryCharity, Sarah
LocationRemote; face to face meetings could take place in London or elsewhere in the UK.
Closing dateApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

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Chartered Institute of Fundraising

Job Features

Job CategoryCharity, Sarah
LocationRemote; face to face meetings could take place in London or elsewhere in the UK.
Closing dateApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Apply Online

Sarah Engerer

Principal Consultant - UK