Mike Ashley reappointed to Charity Commission board

The finance professional, first appointed in 2014, will serve an additional year on the board until October next year

Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley

The Charity Commission board member Mike Ashley has been reappointed for another year, the government has announced.

Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, said today that Ashley would serve an additional year on the commission’s board from 1 November to 31 October 2018.

Ashley, who has been on the commission’s board since 1 November 2014, when he replaced Nazo Moosa, is also a board member at Barclays bank and holds several other roles, including membership ethics standards committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ashley has more than 20 years of experience as an audit partner at numerous large financial services groups, such as HSBC and Standard Chartered, and also for the Bank of England.

His previous experience also includes membership of the international ethics standards board for accountants and head of quality and risk management at KPMG Europe.

Ashley will be paid £350 a day when in post, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said. He previously worked 18 days a year for the commission.

The DCMS was unable to provide information before publication of this story on the appointment process or how many days Ashley would work as part of his extended term.

But the department did say in a statement that his appointment was in accordance with the Cabinet Office governance code on public appointments.

Ashley has declared no significant political activity over the past five years, the DCMS said.

The government is in the process of recruiting a successor to William Shawcross, chair of the commission, whose term is due to expire towards the end of the year.

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