William Shawcross reappointed as chair of the Charity Commission

Appointed in 2012, Shawcross will from February work for three days a week instead of two

William Shawcross
William Shawcross

William Shawcross will remain the chair of the Charity Commission for a further three years, Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, announced today.

Under the terms of Shawcross’s three-year reappointment, which takes effect on 1 February, he will also work three days a week at the regulator, an increase from the present two.

But his salary of £50,000 will remain the same despite the increased time commitment, the Cabinet Office said.

Shawcross arrived at the regulator in October 2012 and was due to finish his three-year term in October this year.

He said in January 2014 that he had spent his first year in charge "fighting fires".

A statement from the Cabinet Office said: "Since his appointment, Mr Shawcross has led the Charity Commission in recruiting an experienced board and new chief executive and developing a transformation programme to make the commission a more robust and proactive regulator. One year into its transformation, the expanded role for the chair reflects the government’s support for these reforms, which were recently praised by the National Audit Office."

However, that report also noted that an increased level of board involvement in the regulator’s operations risked jeopardising the board’s independence.

Yesterday, Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said she feared Shawcross "spends too much time thinking he's an executive rather than a non-executive".

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