Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Chief executive, Institute of Fundraising from October 2011

Peter Lewis is chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, a post he took up in October 2011.

He joined the Institute from the London Voluntary Service Council, the policy, support and advice organisation for London’s voluntary and community sector, where he had been chief executive for two years and eight months.

Lewis is a qualified solicitor who worked in the City at Allen & Overy after university, but left to get a better work/life balance and to work in a sector more closely aligned to his own values.

After leaving the law he was a development manager at Crisis and then executive director of the London Cycling Campaign. After that he spent nearly six years at the Greater London Authority as business manager for the Olympics, sport and regeneration.

Peter also spent nearly five years on the board of the London Marathon and was a non-executive director of the London Youth Games.  He remains on the board of the London Sustainability Exchange.

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PFRA members vote in favour of IoF merger by over 90 per cent

Almost all of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association’s members have voted for the organisation to merge with the Institute of Fundraising at an adjourned section of its AGM, held this morning.

Fundraising Regulator should seek government funding, says consultation response

The Directory of Social change has called for the Fundraising Regulator to seek a “statutory grant to fund its operations” as part of its submission to the new regulator’s discussion on its levy and registration proposals.

Fundraising agency staff involved in drug-taking and targeting vulnerable people, Sun article claims

The Fundraising Regulator has confirmed it is launching an investigation into a PFRA member fundraising agency, after The Sun claimed its fundraisers deliberately targeted vulnerable people and took drugs while working. 

Peter Lewis

The Institute of Fundraising has published a letter from its chief executive, responding to former leader Stephen Lee's call for the IoF to suspend Oxfam, the British Red Cross, NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support.


Donor commitment to charities is at an all-time high, despite a tumultuous year for the sector, according to the direct debit processor Rapidata.

Commission on the Donor Experience launches, outlines 25 focus areas

The Commission on the Donor Experience has announced the 25 areas of fundraising that it will focus on over the next six months, in a bid to prove the interaction between charities and donors.

Vote delayed for merger of Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Association

The vote by members of the Public Fundraising Association to decide whether or not to ratify its proposed merger with the Institute of Fundraising has been delayed.

'Being custodian of the Code put the IoF in a very difficult position'

Following a tough year for fundraising, it was decided that the Public Fundraising Association would merge with the Institute of Fundraising in an effort to consolidate their functions. Hugh Radojev talks to the heads of the two organisations.

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