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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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.

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.

» Umbrella bodies critical about taking Charity Commission advice role

Cause for complaint: The FRSB fundraising complaints report unpicked

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.

Who's top dog? Fundraising's 50 Most Influential 2013

The fundraisers have spoken. The annual poll of the fundraising world’s 50 Most Influential people is revealed.

FRSB begins auditing fundraising compliance

The Fundraising Standards Board has begun investigating charities with high levels of self-reported fundraising complaints in the first of a two-stage process to strengthen fundraising self-regulation.

Accountability in fundraising

Confidence will flourish, believes Alistair McLean, when charities are seen to take responsibility for their actions.

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