Alistair McLean

Alistair McLean

Chief executive, Fundraising Standards Board from 2009

Prior to his appointment as chief executive at the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) Alistair was chief executive of the National Greyhound Racing Club, the self-regulatory arm of the greyhound racing industry, where he dealt with a large and diverse stakeholder group including government, welfare organisations and many related charities.

Before this he worked at an advisory firm and in the professional sports sector in both the commercial and regulatory areas of the industry.

Alistair graduated from Manchester University and initially went into the FMCG sector specialising in marketing and retailing. He also completed a full-time MBA at Bradford Business School in 1990.


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Doorstep fundraising

Doorstep fundraisers can ignore “no cold callers” signs without breaching the Code of Fundraising Practice, according to a ruling by the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).


The Fundraising Standards Board is calling for member charities to submit details about fundraising complaints received during 2014.


Charity fundraisers working at rail stations across the UK will face new regulatory measures following a partnership between seven rail and station operators, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board.

GOSH Children's Charity to resume telephone fundraising with NTT

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity has said it will resume telephone fundraising with NTT after an investigation found “no systemic failures” at the agency, which was subject to a probe by Channel 4’s Dispatches that made allegations of poor practice.

I don't think that the FRSB or the PFRA should be part of the IoF. But then I don't think the Institute ever gave a rationale for why they sent them off to be seperate in the first place. Maybe if we understood that, we could understand why Paul thinks it would be a good idea to have them back.

» Paul Amadi suggests PFRA and FRSB should merge back into the Institute

The FRSB needs to innovate, self-regulation review recommends

The Fundraising Standards Board “needs to consider more innovative approaches” to its self-regulatory role, the review of fundraising self-regulation has recommended.

Where has the growth in fundraising complaints come from?

The number of complaints about fundraising has jumped sharply in the last year – notably about direct mail, telephone and doorstep. This increase might be matched by a rise in fundraising volume, but every complaint matters. By Alistair McLean.

Alistair McLean, chief executive of FRSB

The London Prevent Network, part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, and the Metropolitan Police have today launched a safer giving campaign after concerns about fraudulent fundraising and charity collections used to fund terrorism.   

Charity ads placed under scrutiny by advertising regulator

The Advertising Standards Authority is reviewing its approach to regulating charity ads, whereby charities are given more leeway to use sensitive and upsetting content, in response to public concern about messages from charities.

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