The Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising has been appointed as the new CEO of FareShare, the national food charity, which in March won ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity’ award.
The current CEO, Tony Lowe, set up FareShare as an independent charity in 2004. Since then, the charity has more than doubled the number of people it supports, from 12,000 to 29,000 a day, as has increased the number of meals it provides to 7.4 million in 2009.
Tony Lowe says: “Founding and leading FareShare for the past 8 years has been a privilege. We have made great progress, gaining recognition from not only the food industry, but also the third sector and the Government. FareShare has firmly established the principle that if food cannot be sold, but can be eaten, then it must go to people first.
Our aim is to increase the number of meals we provide from 7 million to 25 million a year by 2012 and I am pleased that I am leaving FareShare in a very strong position, in terms of both finances and reputation. There is still a lot to be done, and I’m sure that Lindsay will make a significant contribution strengthening FareShare’s role as the UK’s food charity and enabling it to achieve its ambitious aims.”
Lindsay Boswell joined the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers in 2000. He led it through the change of strategy to a wider role and vision reflected by the change of name to Institute of Fundraising. During this time IoF has more than trebled in size and has supported the creation of the Remember A Charity campaign, set up the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and launched self regulation of fundraising based on the IoFs codes and the Fundraising Standards Board, the independent complaints body.
Adam Sampson, Chair of FareShare said: “We are delighted to have Lindsay joining us in October. He has a very hard act to follow in our founding Chief Executive, Tony Lowe, who is taking a well earned rest and spending the next year travelling with his family having spent years putting Fareshare on the map. But in Lindsay, we have found someone with the right mix of skills and experience to take Fareshare to the next stage in its development.”