Gerald Oppenheim appointed as chief executive

Gerald Oppenheim has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator starting on 1 July 2018.

This follows an exhaustive, competitive and public process led by the Fundraising Regulator’s Board.

Oppenheim has been with the Fundraising Regulator since its creation in 2016. He has played a crucial role in the formative stages of the Regulator in his capacity as Head of Policy and Communications.

“Gerald’s appointment is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the Fundraising Regulator over the last two years.”

Oppenheim has over 35 years’ experience working with charities and spent many years as the Director of Policy and Partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund.

Oppenheim is a Trustee and Chair of the London Emergencies Trust. He has also served on other charity trustee boards as well as the BBC Charitable Appeals Advisory Committee from 2004-2009.

Gerald Oppenheim said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator. It is an exciting time for the organisation. I look forward to continuing the excellent work Stephen Dunmore has carried out over the last few years.”

Oppenheim replaces current Chief Executive Stephen Dunmore, who is standing down at the end of June this year. As the first Chief Executive, Dunmore was instrumental in establishing the regulator. He oversaw Levy Years 1 and 2, and the implementation of the Fundraising Preference Service across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Following an exhaustive recruitment process, I am delighted that Gerald is going to be the Fundraising Regulator’s next CEO. Gerald’s appointment is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the Fundraising Regulator over the course of the last two years” said Lord Grade, chair of the Regulator.

“Stephen Dunmore has been a wonderful asset to the Regulator and we wish him well in the future.”

Stephen Dunmore, outgoing Chief Executive said: “My time at the Fundraising Regulator has been both challenging and enjoyable. I am proud to have overseen our creation and development as an organisation, as well as landmark moments such as the launch of the Fundraising Preference Service – work in which Gerald has played a significant role as well.

“The Regulator’s role is vital in ensuring transparent, ethical fundraising practice across the sector. I am confident that this will thrive under Gerald’s leadership.”