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New interim head at fundraising body


Post is for six months

Dhivya O’Connor has been appointed interim chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIOF).

She will start on 10 May and have a two-week handover with current chief executive Peter Lewis before he formally steps down.

Most recently, O’Connor served as CEO of Children with Cancer UK, and is a trustee and chair of the development board at Book Aid International.

She has also volunteered with NGOs in India, South Africa and Cambodia.

Before joining the third sector, she held various strategy, business development and leadership roles in organisations including Lloyds Bank, GE Capital and OctopusTravel (now part of Expedia Group).

She was selected by a panel of chartered institute trustees and her term will run for around six months until a new permanent chief executive is recruited.

Claire Rowney, chair of the Chartered Institute said: “On behalf of the Board, I am thrilled that Dhivya will be joining us and offer her a warm welcome to the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. We are very much looking forward to having her inspiring leadership and insight as a charity chief executive and I am particularly pleased she is a passionate former fundraiser. Dhivya joins us at an important time for the Institute, and the Board and staff team are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Dhivya O’Connor, Interim chief executive of the Chartered Institute said: “I am delighted to be entrusted by the Board to take on the leadership of the Chartered Institute at this pivotal moment. I am tremendously impressed by the dedication and commitment to excellence in fundraising, demonstrated by everyone I’ve met. I look forward to engaging with the team, the membership and the wider community to help deliver some key priorities for the organisation in the coming months.”

Peter Lewis, outgoing chief executive, added: “Heart-felt congratulations to Dhivya on her appointment, and look forward to working with her as part of a formal handover later this month. I wish her all the best for her leadership of the Chartered Institute as it continues to serve its members and the wider fundraising community.”

That recruitment process will begin next month. 



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