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Two committee members have stepped down from the Fundraising Regulator in five months

26 Oct 2016 News

Two members of the Fundraising Regulator’s standards and adjudication committees have stood down from their posts, since the regulator launched in July. 

The Fundraising Regulator has confirmed that both George Kidd, chair of the Fundraising Preference Service working group, and John Stoker, the former chief charity commissioner, have both stood down from their non-executive roles with the regulator since July. 

Kidd was appointed to the standards committee, which will oversee the development of the Code of Fundraising Practice and associated rule book. Stoker previously sat on the adjudication committee, which will be responsible for producing adjudication reports on cases investigated by the regulator. 

A spokesman for the Fundraising Regulator said that Stoker “saw his role as linked to the setting-up process” of the Fundraising Regulator, which saw him “leaving shortly after the launch”. It is currently advertising for a new board member for Wales. The spokesman said he had no indication when an appointment might be made. 

Speaking to Civil Society News, George Kidd said he had stepped down from the adjudication committee due to professional commitments elsewhere. He said that having delivered the recommendations for the FPS, he was all set to stay, but felt he “had too many things on”. 

“Well I would have stayed if I hadn’t taken this job," he said. "I was signed up to do two years. I just had to say to Michael [Grade] I can’t do this and too many other things. It was better if stopped. I had a whole package of things and I said that I just can’t go on.”

The spokesman said there was no timeline for replacing either on their respective committees. 

Progress on the Neet Feet adjudication

The spokesman said that the Fundraising Regulator’s adjudication committee was “on track” to deliver its first adjudication report before the end of the year – either in late November or December. 

The committee currently has a case open into now defunct fundraising agency Neet Feet. 

The adjudication committee will effectively be reaching its findings two members down. Alongside Kidd’s leaving the committee, the Fundraising Regulator also confirmed in August that Catherine Cottrell, director of fundraising at Unicef and an adjudication committee member, would also be standing aside from the investigation due to a conflict of interest.  


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