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Head of Fundraising Compliance

Closing date

26 April 2024

Employment type



£42,000 - £50,000 / year
For over 500 years, we’ve been a constant in London’s ever-changing landscape, at the leading edge of health. We are looking for an experienced compliance professional looking to make a difference in how we fundraise and support our fundraising charities: Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, Evelina London Children’s Charity and Guy’s Cancer Charity. 

The successful candidate will need to be a detail orientated, solution focused, project manager with expert knowledge in fundraising and data protection regulations. We are looking for someone to lead and maintain a culture of compliance across all elements of fundraising and supporter engagement. 

As our Head of Fundraising Compliance, you will be the focal point for compliance, providing guidance and advice to colleagues ensuring that we have sufficient controls and processes in place across all areas of fundraising. In addition, you will provide comprehensive front line and administrative support, to facilitate best practice across Fundraising/Charity regulation and the General Data Protection Regulation and help embed this in our ways of working. You will produce and deliver training and supporting documents to upskill staff and to ensure consistency across the team, as well as identifying areas for improvement and development. You will keep your knowledge up-to-date and will be confident in communicating with staff at all levels and with varying levels of understanding; in an engaging and accessible manner. 

Excellent organisation and project management skills will be required to ensure that projects and the day-to-day delivery and reporting of compliance is on track.

Key Responsibilities

Overarching responsibilities
  • To oversee and be the main port of call for all compliance, data protection and gift administration queries in respect of fundraising. 
  • To develop and maintain robust operational frameworks, processes, systems and governance structures for compliance and gift administration that instil confidence and assurance in our fundraising operations and our ability to fulfil our contractual obligations as data processors and controllers.
  • To provide guidance to fundraising colleagues and other stakeholders on compliance and data protection queries.
  • To develop and maintain a culture of compliance across the Foundation through developing and delivering training and producing guidelines and departmental policies.
  • To conduct periodic reviews or audits (to include external suppliers) to ensure that compliance procedures are followed and fit for purpose.
Gift Administration and Implementation 
  • Support our fundraising colleagues to maximise their income and engage with supporters in a compliant way
  • Triage and respond to gift administration and compliance queries and requests within defined service level times
  • Produce and keep updated, relevant guidance, tools and resources for colleagues across the fundraising function
  • Develop new strategies to provide the best support for our fundraisers and work to build new and lasting relationships with key stakeholders 
  • Advise senior stakeholders on the benefits and risks of our activities and advise on the best course of action
  • Working with the legal team, develop and maintain the appropriate gift agreements and similar documents, supporter communications and online pages, and support fundraising colleagues and supporters to complete the appropriate paperwork · 
  • Manage the Fundraising Support email address/enquiry channels 
  • Ensure policies around philanthropy and gift management are up to date and disseminated appropriately across the Foundation.
Fundraising compliance and data protection 
  • To evaluate and apply the Data Protection principles to variable and challenging scenarios, supporting colleagues to find solutions to their problems within the limits of the law. 
  • Ensuring we are aware of and reacting to any fundraising and data protection regulations changes. Regulations include GDPR/UK Data Protection Act 2021, Fundraising Regulator's Code of Fundraising Practice, Charity Commission guidelines, BACS, and PCI DSS Compliance. HMRC Gift aid guidelines. 
  • Recognise that a change in procedure or legislation external to the Foundation has implications and who needs to be notified of the changes.
  •  Produce and continually monitor our operational policies; modelling best practices against the Fundraising Regulator's Code of Fundraising Practice 
  • Responsible for reviewing all fundraising contracts and third-party agreements for data capture to ensure they are in line with all compliance regulations, ensuring our supporter data is adequately protected, any new fundraising processes and procedures are compliant, and fulfilling the operational commitments associated. Suggest and negotiate amendments, and if the necessary compliance clauses cannot be met then decline authorisation to work with that third party.
  • Assess data risks and complete Data Protection Impact Assessments where required, being prepared to work with colleagues to pull together the relevant information and present to the data protection lead for sign off. · 
  • Where necessary, be prepared to make pragmatic decisions on where we should be focusing resources. 
  • To develop a programme of training and guidelines to cover complicated rules and processes in a concise and accessible manner. To identify and address where the knowledge gaps exist. 
  • Monitor workflows and procedures identifying and implementing new efficiencies to increase work output and reduce service delivery timeframes

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

 Essential criteria 
  • Experience of working in a compliance or similar function 
  • Experience of working in fundraising or with fundraisers 
  • Project management experience, leading multi-faceted projects 
  • Experience of working in a regulated environment 
  • Experience in creating and delivering strategic objectives and plans 
  • Experience of reviewing a variety of legal agreements, including gift agreements and similar documentation 
  • Experience of writing policies and procedures Knowledge of the Raiser's Edge or similar fundraising CRM system (desirable) or demonstrable ability to get quickly to grasp with new data systems  Essential criteria 
  • Extensive knowledge of UK Data Protection legislation (in particular UK GDPR and PECR), Fundraising Regulations (Code of Fundraising Practice and Charity Commission regulations) and a track record of how to apply them.    
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex legislation, regulations and guidance and make it accessible to others. 
  • Ability to constructively challenge the status quo and see alternative solutions to overcome barriers. 
  • Excellent team player willing to be flexible to support colleagues in a busy environment. 
  • Numerate with the ability to record and assimilate complex information accurately 
  • Excellent time management with the ability to prioritise the work of a team and produce high-quality outputs 


  • Up to 12% employer pension contribution.
  • Annual personal development budget.
  • Annual health and wellbeing personal allowance.
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, and parental leave pay accessible without length of service requirements.
  • Health and wellbeing programme that offers optional free yearly health check-ups.
  • Support for healthy eating via fruit bowls and onsite lunch facilities.
  • Agile working, flexible hours, and supportive IT Kit.
  • Shower facilities and bike lock area.
  • Generous annual leave (27 days + bank holidays)
  • Subsidies for glasses
  • Employee Assistance Programme

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