• Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel appoints new chair

    Kirsty Connell-Skinner has been unanimously elected as the new Chair of the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland (the ‘Panel’).

    Effective 1st September 2021, Kirsty will take over from Valerie Armstrong-Surgenor who stepped down from the Panel as a member after five years and as Panel Chair, after more than three years.

    The Panel initiated the election process in early August and unanimously elected Kirsty to the role of Chair.

    Kirsty joined the Panel in 2018, becoming Vice Chair in November 2020. Kirsty brings a wealth of experience in philanthropic fundraising, particularly in higher education and scientific institutes, with a career to date in fundraising roles at University of Strathclyde, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland.

    She is currently Development Manager at Edinburgh Napier University, where she project manages the £6 million Housing, Construction & Infrastructure Skills Gateway, part of the Edinburgh & South-East Scotland City Region Deal. Kirsty is also an experienced charity Trustee, previously co-leading the campaign to save Gorgie City Farm in 2016 and currently as Treasurer for gender budgeting campaigners Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

    Kirsty Connell-Skinner said,

    “I am delighted to have been chosen to Chair the Panel, and I thank my fellow Panel members for their resounding support.”

    “The Panel has come a long way since 2016 and I look forward to continuing our work to support Scottish charities in delivering robust fundraising practices, as well as working with fundraising and charity regulation partners across the sector in Scotland and the UK.”

    “I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our outgoing chair, Valerie Armstrong-Surgenor for her commitment and leadership of the Panel these past few years”.

    The Panel are also delighted to announce the appointment of Lesley Boyd to the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland.

    Lesley is the Director of Pitch Perfect, and has over fifteen years of experience in fundraising primarily in the culture and education sector with a particular focus on major, corporate and legacy giving.

  • 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.”