Ed Miliband, Minister for the Third Sector, today announced four new Board members joining the Charity Commission this summer.
The new Board members are:
- Sharmila Nebhrajani, Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer, BBC Future Media and Technology;
- Dr Andrew Purkis OBE, Chief Executive of the Tropical Health and Education Trust;
- Theodosia Sowa, policy adviser and consultant to a wide range of international development organisations; and
- Simon Wethered, a legal consultant with Charles Russell LLP.
This announcement follows a provision made in the Charities Act 2006
for the Charity Commission to become a body corporate, and for its
Board to be expanded to nine. This provision came into force on 27
The new Board members will sit alongside existing Board members John
Williams and Tess Woodcraft, and also Lindsay Driscoll who will stay on
as a Board member until a suitable legally qualified replacement can be
recruited. A further announcement will be made shortly, following
consultation with the National Assembly for Wales, on the appointment
of an additional Board member with experience in the Welsh charity
sector. Ed Miliband, Minister for the Office of the
Third Sector said: “I am delighted to welcome these new Board members
a crucial time for the Charity Commission as it implements important
measures for the sector contained in the 2006 Charities Act. Together
these four appointees boast a wealth of experience of the public,
private and third sectors, and I'm confident their expertise will prove
invaluable to the Commission.”
Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission said: “This is an
exciting and challenging time for the Charity Commission, as we take
forward our new responsibilities. I'm certain that with the addition
of these new members we are in good shape to anticipate and meet the
challenges ahead. We also have a Board which better reflects the
diversity of the charity sector. The breadth of expertise, skills and
experience represented on our Board is fantastic, and crucial in
enabling us to fulfil our role of increasing the effectiveness of
We do hope that the appointment of these new members to the Charities Commission are not seen to be 'stacking the deck' in favour of Gordon Brown, or the ongoing investigation into the Smith Institute.
Only time will tell.
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