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Board and committees

The board

We’re governed by a non-executive board of directors, drawn from inside and outside the sector. As a company limited by guarantee, our directors are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the organisation.

The board is guided by recommendations from three committees.

The complaints and investigations committee reviews our casework performance and determines the outcome of certain individual complaints.

The standards committee oversees changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice and guidance we produce.

The finance, audit and risk committee monitors financial performance, risk and HR issues.

You can view the board’s terms of reference and articles of association. We also publish regular summaries of the board.

Board members

Lord Grade, chair

Michael has had a long career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC and ITV, as well as over nine years as chief executive of Channel Four Television. He has been chairman of the BBC and executive chairman of ITV. He is a trustee of the Science Museum Group and is chair of the National Media Museum Advisory Board.

Margaret Moore, vice chair

Former head of competition and regulatory practice at Travers Smith LLP, Margaret is now a trustee of Sue Ryder and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. She is also a governor of the Royal High School, Bath and a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust.

Suzanne McCarthy

Suzanne is chair of our standards committee. She is also deputy chair of the Valuation Tribunal Service and chair of the Joint Audit Panel for the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service. She was previously on the Institute of Fundraising’s standards committee, and until recently she was the UK’s immigration services commissioner.

Sacha Deshmukh

Sacha is chief executive of Smart Energy GB. His career has been focused on campaigning, in both the voluntary and private sectors. A former senior partner at one of London’s largest advertising agencies, Sacha is the Chair of the charity Warchild UK.

Michael Smyth

Michael is chair of our complaints and investigations committee and a member of the Legal Services Board. For 20 years, he was a partner at Clifford Chance, where he was head of the government practice. He is a visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London and at the University of Essex. Michael is author of Business and the Human Rights Act and joint author of the Law of Political Donations. He is also a patron of Public Concern at Work and the Prisoners’ Education Trust.

Jenny Williams

Previously chief executive and commissioner of the Gambling Commission, Jenny is now an adviser on the Greyhound Regulatory Board, and a trustee of Fight for Sight. Before that, Jenny held a variety of policy and project management posts as a senior civil servant.

David Cunningham

David is chief executive of global surgery charity Kids Operating Room, and former chair of the Scottish Standards Committee of the Institute of Fundraising and of the Institute of Fundraising’s task group on managing fundraising preferences. He was previously chief executive and director of fundraising of the ARCHIE Foundation.

Richard Newton

Richard is former and founding chair of Cardiff Wales LGBT Mardi Gras, former trustee of Sherman Theatre and Creu Cymru, and former director for Wales at Rathbone. The representative for Wales on our board, Richard has over 25 years’ experience of working in fundraising environments, primarily in Wales.

Walter Rader

The representative from Northern Ireland on the board. Walter has over 40 years’ experience across a range of public, voluntary and community sector organisations, including appointments as director, chief executive and accounting officer. He previously served as one of the first lay members on the House of Commons committee on standards and was deputy chief commissioner at the Charity Commission Northern Ireland.

Jill Thompson

Jill is a chartered accountant with a background in investment banking. She is also a trustee and treasurer of Breast Cancer Care.

Kieron James

Kieron’s background is in the telecommunications sector, having founded Zimo Communications Ltd and Call Collective Ltd he is also currently serving as a board member for the Federation of Communication Services (FCS). In 2017 Kieron founded the online fundraising platform the Wonderful Organisation.

Complaints and investigations committee

The committee is responsible for holding the executive to account for the overall casework performance of the regulator and reassuring the board that the casework function is fit for purpose.

The committee determines the outcome of some individual cases and can reconsider a case that has been remitted to the external reviewer.

The committee also undertakes thematic reviews of casework in order to identify wider lessons or areas of the code that the standards committee may wish to review.

For further information, read about our complaints process. A copy of the terms of reference of the committee is available on request.

Complaints and investigation committee members

Michael Smyth, chair

Previously a partner at Clifford Chance and head of the government practice.

Jenny Williams

Jenny was previously chief executive and commissioner of the Gambling Commission

Catherine Cottrell

Catherine is the Executive director of fundraising and partnership at Comic Relief. She previously held senior positions at Unicef and RSPCA.

Richard Newton

Richard has over 25 years’ experience of working in fundraising environments, primarily in Wales.

Walter Rader

Walter has over 40 years’ experience across a range of public, voluntary and community sector organisations, including appointments as director, chief executive and accounting officer.

Andrew Nebel, independent member

Andrew is adviser to the Moorfields Eye Hospital fundraising committee and is chair of trustees of Duchenne UK.

Ceri Edwards, observer from the Institute of Fundraising

Ceri is Director of engagement and external affairs at the Institute of Fundraising and member of the board of the European Fundraising Association.

Finance, audit and risk committee

The committee is responsible for monitoring and advising the Board on significant strategic risks. It manages financial risk, performance, funding and expenditure. It makes recommendations on staff remuneration and considers the appropriate audit arrangements for the regulator.

The committee’s terms of reference are available on request.

Finance, audit and risk committee members

Margaret Moore

Former head of competition and regulatory practice at Travers Smith LLP, and trustee of Sue Ryder and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.

Sacha Deshmukh

Chief Executive of SmartEnergy GB, Chair of Warchild UK.

Jill Thomspon

Chartered accountant with a background in investment banking.

Kieron James

Telecommunications entrepreneur and founder of the Wonderful Organisation.

Sharon Martin

Head of finance at Cats Protection, formerly employed by the Charity Commission and the Audit Commission.

Standards committee

The standards committee oversees the development of the Code of Fundraising Practice and its associated rulebooks, in consultation with those who fundraise and those asked to donate.

The committee makes sure that standards continue to reflect current fundraising practices, changes to relevant legislation and the expectations of the public.The committee also has responsibility for the development of additional guidance about the code.

Standard committee members

Suzanne McCarthy, chair

Deputy chair of the Valuation Tribunal Service and chair of the Joint Audit Panel for the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service.

David Cunningham

Chief executive of Kids Operating Room, and former chair of the Scottish Standards Committee of the Institute of Fundraising.

Nick Jones, independent member

Managing director for fundraising, communications and policy at Action for Children, and former interim executive director of marketing, fundraising and communications at Save the Children.

Guy Parker, independent member

Chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, member of the board and the executive committee of the European Advertising Standards Alliance.

Liz Barclay, independent member

Radio and TV broadcaster and producer, chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group and the Credit Union Foundation and member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel.

Daniel Fluskey, observer from the Institute of Fundraising

Policy development and research lead at the Institute of Fundraising.