London Councils' former comms chief moves to Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has brought in London Councils' former comms chief to give the charity a louder voice at a time of uncertainty for the sector.

Hodgson Review: a wide ranging report that seeks to license of so-called ‘charity muggers’
Hodgson Review: a wide ranging report that seeks to license of so-called ‘charity muggers’

Ceri Edwards will become the IoF’s new director of policy and communication on Monday.

He takes up his post against the backdrop of the Hodgson Review, a wide ranging report that seeks to make changes to finance and fundraising within the sector, including the licensing of so-called ‘charity muggers’.

The former political producer for the BBC, who oversaw all political output for BBC Wales, has also worked as campaigns officer for Liberty and comms manager for Children in Need. He was at London Councils between 2004 and 2011.

Edwards, who replaces interim director of policy and comms Simon Morrison, reports to chief executive Peter Lewis.

He will manage heads of policy and research, digital media, PR and marketing and play a ‘key role in driving forward the institute's ambitions, strengthen the IoF’s policy function and increase its profile’, according to the charity’s website.

Edwards said: ‘Making sure the sector’s voice is heard during the next stage of the Hodgson Review will clearly be a priority and I’m looking forward to engaging with our members to make sure we make a real impact for charities and those who use their services.’

Lewis said: ‘I looking forward to welcoming Ceri on board and I am sure his immense experience and wide-ranging skills will prove invaluable.’

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