The Panel’s Chair stands down after over three years at the helm.

Valerie Armstrong-Surgenor, Chair of the Scottish fundraising regulatory body, has today announced that she will be stepping down from the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland (‘the Panel’) with effect from 1st September 2021. 

Val was elected as the Panel’s chair in December 2018 after serving on the Panel since its inception in 2016 and following her time as chair of the Scottish Fundraising Implementation Group. The Scottish Fundraising Implementation Group were responsible for bringing to fruition the recommendations set out by the Scottish Fundraising Working Group to strengthen Scotland’s fundraising self-regulation.

The Panel are currently undertaking elections for the position of Panel chair with an announcement to be made on 1st September. 

Valerie Armstrong-Surgenor said:

“It has been a privilege to chair the Panel for more than 3 and a half years, and I am delighted with how the Panel has developed.”

“After more than 5 years with the Panel, I am pleased to hand over the reins and usher in the next chapter of the Panel’s development”

“Since 2016, the Panel have gone from strength to strength. We’ve formalised processes and policies, created strong working relationships with other sector bodies; including the Fundraising Regulator, OSCR, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and the SCVO, we’ve investigated numerous complaints and transitioned from a part-time Secretariat to a full-time Marketing and Administration Assistant for the Panel.

“I look forward to seeing how the Panel continues to develop.” 

Kirsty Connell-Skinner, Vice Chair of the Panel said:

“I am sure my fellow Panel members will join me in thanking Val for her leadership and the integral role she has played which has brought the Panel to this point.” 

“Val has played such a major part in the Panel’s development and helped foster significant progress in enhancing Scotland’s fundraising self-regulation. Her analytical business sense and unparalleled acumen in charity law will be greatly missed.”