Teenage Cancer Trust appoints new director of fundraising

Teenage Cancer Trust has appointed Liz Tait, the former director of fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, as its new director of fundraising.

Tait worked at Battersea for almost eight years, overseeing public fundraising, major donors, corporates, trusts, legacy marketing, community fundraising and events. Under her leadership, the charity grew its income from £10m to nearly £40m.

Prior to this, Tait worked as head of direct marketing at the British Red Cross and held roles at Sense and Plan UK. Until recently, she was also a trustee at Action on Hearing Loss, having served two terms of developing their fundraising strategy.

She is currently a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and chairs the organisation’s Standards Advisory Board, which seeks to develop professional standards across the sector.

Tait also chaired the IoF’s Fundraising Convention Board and previously sat on its Learning and Development Committee.

She will take on the role from Kate Collins, who moved from director of fundraising and marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust to the position of chief executive earlier this year.

Commenting on her appointment, Tait said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Teenage Cancer Trust at a very exciting time. I greatly admire their amazing work supporting young people with cancer and their families. I am committed to doing all I can to help increase their impact and look forward to working with their fantastic fundraising team.” 

The charity’s chief executive, Kate Collins added: “We are delighted Liz will be joining Teenage Cancer Trust. She is a talented, dynamic and people-driven fundraising leader who has achieved fantastic results throughout her career.

“I am thrilled that she is bringing her skills, passion and experience to Teenage Cancer Trust and am confident that, under Liz’s leadership our fundraising will go from strength to strength so we can expand our work and support every young person who needs us.”

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