Fundraising Regulator announces new chief executive

26 Mar 2018 News

The Fundraising Regulator has announced that Gerald Oppenheim will replace Stephen Dunmore as its new chief executive in the summer. 

Oppenheim has been with the Fundraising Regulator since its inception in 2016, and is currently the organisation’s head of policy and communications. He will replace Dunmore, the regulator’s first chief executive.

Prior to joining the Fundraising Regulator, Oppenheim had worked extensively in the charity sector, including nine years as director of policy at the National Lottery Charities Board and five years as director of policy and partnerships with the Big Lottery Fund. 

Oppenheim is currently chair of the London Emergencies Trust and has also sat on the boards of Citizens Advice and BBC Charitable Appeals Advisory Committee. 

The regulator has yet to respond to questions about who will fill Oppenheim’s vacant head of policy and communications role.

'Exhaustive recruitment process' 

Speaking about Oppenheim’s appointment, Lord Michael Grade, chair of the Fundraising Regulator, said the recruitment process had been “exhaustive”. 

Grade said: “Following an exhaustive recruitment process, I am delighted that Gerald is going to be the Fundraising Regulator’s next CEO. Gerald’s appointment is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the Fundraising Regulator over the course of the last two years. 

“Stephen Dunmore has been a wonderful asset to the regulator and we wish him well in the future.”

Oppenheim said he was “delighted” to have been appointed chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator. 

“It is an incredibly exciting time for the organisation, and I look forward to continuing the excellent work Stephen Dunmore has carried out over the last few years.”

Oppenheim will officially start his new role on 1 July 2018, according to a spokesman for the regulator. 

Dunmore to stand down in June

The Fundraising Regulator has announced that Stephen Dunmore will retire from his role with the Fundraising Regulator in June. 

Dunmore was first appointed to the chief executive role of the new regulator in December 2015 on an interim-basis. Since that time he has overseen the regulator scale up its staff numbers, take over the Code of Fundraising Practice and the street and door-to-door fundraising handbooks from the Public Fundraising Association. 

He also oversaw the launch of the Fundraising Regulator's fundraising levy in October 2016 as well as the design and implementation of the Fundraising Preference Service, which went live in July 2017. 

In a statement, Dunmore said his time at the helm of the regulator had been both “challenging and enjoyable”. 

“My time at the Fundraising Regulator has been both challenging and enjoyable. I am proud to have overseen our creation and development as an organisation, as well as landmark moments such as the launch of the Fundraising Preference Service – work in which Gerald has played a significant role as well. 

“The regulator’s role is absolutely vital in ensuring transparent, ethical fundraising practice across the sector and I am confident that this will thrive under Gerald’s leadership.”

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: "I would like to congratulate Gerald Oppenheim on his appointment as chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator. During this challenging time for the fundraising sector, we welcome the experience and continuity that Gerald’s appointment will bring. 

"The Institute of Fundraising looks forward to continuing the strong relationship we have built with the excellent work of Stephen Dunmore and thank him for his leadership at the regulator.”

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