Stephen Cook

Contributing Editor, Third Sector
Royal Albert Hall accepts trustees have a conflict of interest

Royal Albert Hall accepts trustees have a conflict of interest

With the hall's annual meeting taking place next week, it has achieved some common ground with the Charity Commission, but they differ on the nature of the conflict and whether the hall needs to change its constitution

Attorney General withdraws consent for Albert Hall case to go to charity tribunal

Attorney General withdraws consent for Albert Hall case to go to charity tribunal

The move comes after the charity threatened to seek a judicial review of Jeremy Wright's earlier decision

Ex-president of Royal Albert Hall urges current incumbent to avert legal action

Ex-president of Royal Albert Hall urges current incumbent to avert legal action

Richard Lyttelton has written to current president Jon Moynihan, suggesting he work constructively with the Charity Commission, which is referring its case on the charity's governance to the charity tribunal

The ups and downs of the Shawcross years

The ups and downs of the Shawcross years

After more than five years as chair of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross steps down at the end of January. Stephen Cook looks back on a tenure that has won praise from government but heavy criticism from within the charity sector

Stephen Cook: A farewell to Shawcross

Stephen Cook: A farewell to Shawcross

The outgoing chair of the Charity Commission might have fared better had he been less colourful and a bit more boring, writes Third Sector's contributing editor

Attorney General sends Royal Albert Hall affair to the charity tribunal

Attorney General sends Royal Albert Hall affair to the charity tribunal

In a little-used provision of charity law, Jeremy Wright QC says the potential conflict of interest identified by the Charity Commission should be considered by the tribunal

Hodgson questions when the Attorney General will respond to Albert Hall row

Hodgson questions when the Attorney General will respond to Albert Hall row

The Conservative peer tables a question in the House of Lords regarding the dispute between the charity and the regulator

Commission has a 'disproportionate focus on Muslim charities', says Baroness Warsi

Commission has a 'disproportionate focus on Muslim charities', says Baroness Warsi

The Conservative peer says this has happened since William Shawcross took over as chair in 2012; the regulator refutes the claim and says it does not recognise the figures quoted by Warsi

How a tragedy led to crisis and rebellion at the NCT

How a tragedy led to crisis and rebellion at the NCT

The tragic death in 2015 of a child in a cot co-branded by the National Childbirth Trust sparked a revolt at the charity that is still reverberating. Stephen Cook reports.

Stephen Cook: Cool heads notable by their absence at NCT

Stephen Cook: Cool heads notable by their absence at NCT

The parenting charity's leadership followed highly questionable advice in forcing trustees to resign after the death of a baby in a cot co-branded by the NCT, writes our contributing editor