Some Charity Commission board members stay, new ones needed too

Government minister Matt Hancock has announced a number of re-appointments to the Charity Commission board (England and Wales) plus a recruitment process for 3 new members.

The government news release lists the four re-appointed:

  • Eryl Besse (to 31 December 2018)
  • Orlando Fraser QC (to 31 December 2017)
  • Tony Leifer (to 31 December 2018)
  • Gwythian Prins (to 1 June 2017)

More on the current full make up of the board and its committees. The Charity Commission welcomed the announcements.

The three new board members (replacing two who have left for other posts or work commitments) will be appointed

“to ensure the Charity Commission’s board has the right mix of skills and expertise to oversee the regulation of charities and implement its transformation programme.”

Expertise areas sought cover IT, law enforcement or national security, and/or detailed knowledge of charities. Closing date is 20th June.

Implications of Commission board membership

A Civil Society News opinion piece looking at the implications of this thinks that it shows “that while there are signs that the regulator is moving in the right direction on some areas there are still some big issues that have not been addressed.”

On the latter, the Cabinet Office has ignored NCVO’s plea for a fundamental rethink of how board members are appointed. “This means that the board continues to vulnerable to accusations of political patronage and bias.”

Charity chief executives body ACEVO has issued a news release headed “The Charity Commission’s board has never been less representative”. One extract:

“Claire Dove was the only board member with active working knowledge of the sector. Her loss means that we have left behind a pick and mix of bureaucrats, lawyers and theoreticians.”

Also see Civil Society News article.

Error on EU essay by board member

The chair of the Charity Commission has also recently admitted that board member Gwythian Prins should have told the regulator about an essay he wrote on the European Union published by the Institute of Economic Affairs.

This is covered as part of the Civil Society News piece on the board members announcement.