The Association of Charity Independent Examiners has appointed Fiona Gordon as director, replacing general secretary Dr Gareth Morgan, who is leaving after six years to spent more time on his academic work and consultancy.
Gordon will join the association at the end of June from Lancaster District Council for Voluntary Service, where she is currently chief officer.
She is joining the association at a pivotal time, as there is likely to be much greater demand for independent examiners if, as expected, the draft Charities Bill extends their role to include larger charities than at present.
The audit threshold is expected to be raised from £250,000 to £500,000, so that those affected won't have to have their accounts professionally audited, but will have to have them independently examined by someone outside the charity.
The association recently announced its largest-ever training programme for people with a voluntary sector background, such as treasurers, who wish to become independent examiners of charity accounts (Third Sector, 5 May).
At the association's fifth anniversary conference last week, chief charity commissioner John Stoker said the ACIE and its members were "invaluable allies in carrying through the Charity Commission's agenda of enhancing public confidence in charities".
He added: "Through your own research you have supported our own conclusion that many charity accounts contain significant problems, and recognise that there are many people trying to act as independent examiners who have insufficient understanding of what is involved.
"What is clear is that expectations about transparency and accountability have grown and are likely to grow further."