Existing staff move into three new senior jobs at the Charity Commission

Kenneth Dibble becomes director of legal services; Michelle Russell becomes director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement; and Sarah Atkinson becomes director of policy and communications

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has appointed three of five new directors as part of a restructure of its senior management team.

William Shawcross, chair of the commission, told the regulator’s annual public meeting in London last month that Paula Sussex, chief executive of the commission, was in the process of implementing a new senior management structure that would reduce the number of senior staff who report directly to her.

A commission spokeswoman said today that the number of direct reports to Sussex was being reduced from 11 to five, which would return the commission to a top-level arrangement similar to the one that existed under Andrew Hind, chief executive of the regulator before Sam Younger, Sussex’s predecessor.

Kenneth Dibble, chief legal adviser and head of legal services, has been appointed director of legal services; Michelle Russell, head of investigations and enforcement, has become director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement; and Sarah Atkinson, head of information and communication, has taken the role of director of policy and communications. The three positions were advertised internally.

The two remaining posts – chief operating officer and director of corporate services – have been filled respectively on an interim basis by Neville Brownlee, head of first contact, and Nick Allaway, head of business services.

The spokeswoman said Allaway intended to leave the commission next year and his interim post would be advertised externally on a permanent basis.

She said she was not aware if Allaway had another job to go to, but that he had decided his future would be away from the commission.

She said that the role of chief operating officer required skills the commission did not have, so the position would be advertised externally on a two-year, fixed-term contract.

The remaining six of the original 11 departmental heads would retain their current roles, she said, reporting to the new directors while the final structure was agreed.

She said it was too early to say what would happen to those six, but there had been "no talk of any redundancies". She said she did not know when the process would be finalised.

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