Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team

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Meet our Chief Executive and our Executive team.

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Katie Docherty - Chief Executive

Katie joined as Chief Executive Officer in October 2021. Katie brings her valuable insight and knowledge to lead the fundraising community as a former fundraiser for Anthony Nolan, senior manager for Age Scotland, Convenor of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), and Chief Executive of Scouts Scotland, a leading membership body.

Katie began her third sector career at Anthony Nolan leading the regional fundraising team across the UK. She moved to Age Scotland as Head of Charity Services leading several teams including Policy, Communications, Campaigns, Fundraising, Information & Advice and Community Development. Katie joined Scouts Scotland as Chief Executive in 2016, a membership organisation of 40,000 young people and 12,000 adult members.

Katie was appointed by the Scottish Government as a Board Member at Children’s Hearings Scotland. In her spare time, she is an Assistant Leader in Beavers and Scouts and Dunfermline Athletic FC season ticket holder.

Rob Cope
Rob Cope - Executive Director, Membership & Charitable Giving

Rob Cope joined the Chartered Institute in 2010 as its director of Remember A Charity. He now leads the Chartered Institute of Fundraising's membership, working with our thousands of individual, organisational and corporate members. Rob also oversees our work to grow charitable giving, encouraging more people to support their favourite causes.

He was previously deputy director of marketing and communications at The Prince's Trust.

Julie Court
Julie Court - Executive Director, Finance and Resource

Julie joined in 2022 as the Executive Director of Finance and Resources.  A chartered accountant, Julie has previously worked in external audit and financial services before moving to the third sector in 2008.

Ceri Edwards
Ceri Edwards - Executive Director, People and Engagement

Ceri has spent over 25 years working in the public and third sectors, the last ten at the Chartered Institute where he is Executive Director of People and Engagement and Vice President of the European Fundraising Association.  

Ceri is responsible for the organisations most critical resource, our people (staff and volunteers) leading our engagement with the fundraising community and key stakeholders. 

Ceri is a former BBC political producer and started his campaigning career with human rights group Liberty. He has also worked for the Citizenship Foundation, Action for Children and the BBC Children in Need appeal. He has held senior communication and policy roles at London Councils, the Local Government Association and the People's Health Trust.  

Ceri has always volunteered and fundraised for causes he cares about and is a former volunteer and trustee at Switchboard LGBT, Survivors UK, Empty Homes Agency and AvMA, the charity for patient safety and justice. He is currently a trustee of the National AIDS Trust and AIDS Memory UK.

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