Politician Profiles

Personal details are not generally included in VoluntaryNews items, as we prefer to focus on policies rather than personalities. Here are some of the basics, with plenty of links. Includes key posts in the charity regulators.

Rob Wilson

Minister for Civil Society in the UK government, appointed September 2014, and reshuffled with the job to Department of Culture, Media and Sport in 2016 – his gov.uk info. Official Twitter feed. MP for Reading East – MP’s own tweets and website.

Responsible for:

  • the Big Society agenda
  • National Citizen Service and youth policy
  • social action
  • civil society sector support
  • social enterprise and social investment

Generally only covers England, and sometimes Wales – the latter includes charity law and regulation (via the Charity Commission).

In HM Treasury, as at July 2016 Financial Secretary Jane Ellison is responsible for charity tax issues – her gov.uk info. Own Twitter feed, website.

Steve Reed

Appointed October 2016 as (Labour) Shadow with civil society responsibility. MP for Croydon North  – his Twitter feed and website.

House of Commons committees

VoluntaryNews item about chairs from summer 2015.

Angela Constance

The sector brief belongs with the secretary for communities, social security and equalities in the  Scottish Government. Appointed May 2016. Responsibilities and bio – no Scottish Government Twitter feed? SNP MSP for Almond Valley constituency in West Lothian – Twitter feed.

Carl Sergeant

Minister for Communities and Children in the Welsh Government has sector brief after May 2016 elections. Also includes housing, regeneration. Responsibilities and bio, official Twitter feed. Labour Assembly Member for Alyn and Deeside – Twitter feed.

Mervyn Storey

Department for Social Development, Northern Ireland Executive, appointed September 2014. NI Executive Twitter feed. Assembly Member for North Antrim.

Responsible for support for the voluntary and community sector; social and charities policy and legislation; urban regeneration policy, strategy and programmes; Charities Advisory Committee; housing programmes; and more.

The Regulators

Charity Commission (England and Wales) – Twitter feed. Chief executive Paula Sussex from June 2014. Chair William Shawcross, first appointed from October 2012, second 3-year term confirmed January 2015.

First Civil Society Media interview (Dec. 2014) with Paula Sussex since she took up the job.

Charity Commission for Northern IrelandTwitter feed. Chief Charity Commissioner Thomas McGrath is chair of the board, chief executive is Frances McCandless.

Office of the Scottish Charity RegulatorTwitter feed. Chief executive David Robb. Chair The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes was reappointed for a further term, to Feb 2019, by the Scottish Government in January 2015.

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