Charity Commission board member appointed private secretary to Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine Quinn, appointed to the regulator's board last November, is due to take up the appointment in October

Catherine Quinn
Catherine Quinn

Catherine Quinn, one of the newest members of the Charity Commission board, has been appointed as private secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Quinn, who is chief operating officer and associate dean for administration at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, is due to take up the new role in October, according to a statement from Kensington Palace.

She was appointed to the commission’s board in November and was previously head of grants management at the Wellcome Trust between 2007 and 2011. She is a trustee of the Royal British Legion and a non-executive director of the National Memorial Arboretum.

A Charity Commission spokeswoman declined to comment on the appointment or whether it would have an impact on Quinn’s role on the commission’s board.

Quinn and the other two board members appointed last year were to be paid £350 a day for approximately 18 days a year, according to the advert put out by the Office for Civil Society in May 2016.

The duchess’s current secretary, Rebecca Priestley, will step down in the summer.

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