The Institute of Fundraising has announced British Heart Foundation director of fundraising Amanda Bringans has been selected as its new chair-elect.
Bringans joined BHF in 2015, and previous roles include director of global fundraising and communications at VSO. She spent 16 years working at Macmillan Cancer Support where she became director of fundraising, and has held senior roles with Leonard Cheshire Disability and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Richard Taylor stands down at the end of his three year term as chair at the institute’s AGM in July. Taylor said Bringans joins at an exciting time for the institute, as it pursues a new strategy aimed at representing and champion the fundraising profession.
Taylor said it had been a huge privilege to serve as chair.
“I know Amanda will relish the opportunity to lead us in delivering our ambitions, and those of our members and fundraisers, so that charities can raise even more money to make the world a better place. Amanda will be an excellent chair and someone that our members will be able to look to for leadership and inspiration.”
Bringans said the institute has an important role in training, representing, and championing fundraisers.
The past few years have been difficult for the fundraising community, she said, but the profession has been able to come through better and stronger.
“Part of my job will be to ensure that the institute continues to demand the highest standards from all of us, and to maintain the trust and confidence of the public in the way we raise funds for the good causes they care about. It is our relationships with our supporters that are so precious to us as fundraisers and the future of fundraising will be strengthened by focusing on these relationships, ensuring they remain front of mind in all that we do.”