Our Committees

Our board is guided by recommendations from three committees:

  • the Complaints and Investigations Committee;
  • the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee;
  • and the Standards Committee.

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.

Jenny Williams, Chair

Former Chief Executive and Commissioner of the Gambling Commission. Trustee of Fight for Sight.  

Reshard Auladin 

Trustee of The Bell Foundation and The Early Intervention Foundation. Former Chair of the Muslim Community and Education Centre. 

Catherine Cottrell, external member 

Director of Marketing and Income Generation at Cats Protection. Previously held senior positions at Unicef, RSPCA and Comic Relief.  

Andrew Nebel MBE, external member 

Retired fundraising director. Trustee for three charities, a parish councillor and an active volunteer in his local health sector. 

Martin Price  

Third sector consultant in Wales. Past Chair of the former Institute of Fundraising Cymru and senior fundraiser at Mencap in Wales.  

Ceri Edwards, observer from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising

Executive Director, People and Engagement at the Chartered 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.

Jill Thompson, Chair

Chartered accountant with a background in investment banking. Chair of Breast Cancer Now. 

Sacha Deshmukh

Chief Executive Officer of Amnesty International UK. Former chief executive at Smart Energy GB and Unicef UK. Former Chair of War Child UK and Deputy Chair of Citizens Advice England and Wales. 

Kieron James

Telecommunications entrepreneur and founder of the Wonderful Organisation. 

Sharon Martin, external member

Chief Financial Officer at Born Free Foundation. Previously Head of Finance in other charities and the public sector. 

Margaret Moore

Deputy Chair of The Royal Voluntary Service, trustee of Prior Park Schools, and an external member of the governance and finance committee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. Former partner at Travers Smith LLP and Vice Chair of Sue Ryder.

Standards Committee

The standards committee oversees the development of the Code of Fundraising Practice, in consultation with those who fundraise and the public.

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.

Suzanne McCarthy, Chair

Chair of the Fire Standards Board and the charities Lepra and Right to Succeed. Past member of the former Institute of Fundraising’s Standards Committee. 

David Cunningham 

Chief executive of Kids Operating Room. Past Chair of the Scottish Standards Committee of the former Institute of Fundraising.  

Nick Jones, external member 

Executive Director for Humane Society International/UK. Former Managing Director of Fundraising, Communications and Policy at Action for Children, and interim Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Communications at Save the Children.

George Lusty, external member 

Senior Director for Consumer Protection at the Competition and Markets Authority, Formerly of the Competition Appeal Tribunal and international law firm Simmons & Simmons.  

Guy Parker 

Chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, board member of the European Advertising Standards Alliance and President of the International Council of Ad Self-regulation.  

Daniel Fluskey, observer from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising 

Director of Policy and Communications at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. 

Observer from the Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel