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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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.
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.
The Fundraising Standards Board “needs to consider more innovative approaches” to its self-regulatory role, the review of fundraising self-regulation has recommended.
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.
The Charity Commission faced with eye watering cut backs, doesn't have a choice in the matter. This is a great opportunity for the voluntary sector to rise up and work together to fill the vacuum created by the cuts.
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.
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.
Being accountable for charity fundraising is rarely an easy task. Donors are increasingly discerning, raising questions about the most controversial aspects of what fundraisers do and they expect answers. By Alistair McLean.
The fundraisers have spoken. The annual poll of the fundraising world’s 50 Most Influential people is revealed.