Charity Commission appoints Paula Sussex as chief executive | Police record 270 charity fraud allegations in three months | Marathon runner's death prompts donations surge

Plus: Small Charities Coalition can no longer pay head's salary | Government has no plans for Gift Aid database | Charity Commission to run workshops for charities working in Syria

Paula Sussex was offered the position as chief executive of the Charity Commission in February
Paula Sussex was offered the position as chief executive of the Charity Commission in February

The Charity Commission has appointed Paula Sussex, a senior vice-president of the consulting and outsourcing firm CGI UK, as its next chief executive. Sussex will take over from current head Sam Younger in June.

Police in England and Wales recorded 270 reports of alleged charity fraud in the final three months of 2013, of which 35 related to suspects claiming to represent armed forces or war veterans charities. It is the first time such nationwide data has been available, after the roll-out of Action Fraud reporting to all forces in England and Wales.

The death of a runner after he finished the London Marathon has prompted a surge of posthumous donations to the National Osteoporosis Society, for which the man was fundraising. Robert Berry, 42, from Berkshire, collapsed at the finish of the event on Sunday.

Alex Swallow has resigned as chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition because the organisation could not continue to support his £45,000 salary. The charity will not appoint a new chief executive, but will instead be led by John Barrett, its operations manager, who has been involved with the SCC since it was formed in 2007.

The government has confirmed that it has no plans to introduce a universal Gift Aid database. The Treasury made the statement in its response to last year's consultation on Gift Aid and digital giving, which invited views on subjects including how a universal Gift Aid database might work.

The Charity Commission will run free workshops for charities that work in Syria, after dealing with a number of regulatory concerns about charities operating in the country.

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