Val Surgenor joins prestigious panel to oversee charity fundraising in Scotland
The Scottish Fundraising Implementation Group has announced that MacRoberts’ Val Surgenor will form part of the Independent Fundraising Standards and Adjudications Panel for Scotland, which will oversee fundraising standards in Scotland and fundraising complaints about charities registered in Scotland.
Val’s latest appointment follows her role as chair of the Scottish Fundraising Implementation Group which was announced in July.
Val, a Partner in MacRoberts’ IP, Technology & Commercial team, brings to the panel a wealth of experience and expertise including an understanding of fundraising, charities and the third sector, and having specialist knowledge of charity law, consumer law and data protection.
Other panel members include:
- Jay Butler – Trustee SCVO
- Sheila Logan – Experienced Data Protection Adviser and Trainer
- Cathy Bell – Director of Development and Alumni, Glasgow University
- Paul Drury – Director of Income Generation & Development, Bethany Christian Trust
- Ann-Marie Devlin – Head of Fundraising Sense Scotland and Chair of IOF Standards Committee
- Michelle Armstrong – Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager Cancer Research UK
The Panel will be chaired by Alison Elliot, Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh, a former moderator of the Church of Scotland and Convener of SCVO from 2007 to 2013.
John Downie, Director of Public Affairs, at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said:
“Our research earlier this year demonstrated that people in Scotland trust charities and right across the board, we’re seeing that people in Scotland are more closely connected to charities and are more likely to give their time and money to them than people in other parts of the UK.
“We need to do everything in our power to maintain and strengthen this trust, and the new fundraising independent panel will play an important role in this by overseeing fundraising standards and fundraising complaints about charities registered in Scotland.”
Val Surgenor, Chair of the Fundraising Implementation Group, said:
“The creation of an independent panel to oversee and promote better fundraising practice and to adjudicate on matters where such practice isn’t implemented is an exciting new development for charities and donors in Scotland and provides a system of enhanced self-regulation that fits those requirements identified by the Working Party. Developed within the context of what works already in Scotland, it presents an opportunity for charities in Scotland to enhance their already strong relationship and trust with their donors and supporters.
“Alongside the Independent Panel, a ‘fundraising guarantee’, which was recommended by the Working Group report, will specify how the public can expect to be treated by fundraisers. This is another commitment that signals how strongly charities value the support of their donors.”