Cabinet Office cuts salary and work days of next Charity Commission chair

Advert shows the job will be paid at the equivalent of £481 a day, compared with £519 a day for current chair Dame Suzi Leather

Dame Suzi Leather, outgoing Charity Commission chair
Dame Suzi Leather, outgoing Charity Commission chair

The next chair of the Charity Commission will work fewer days and will be paid lessthan the current post holder, Dame Suzi Leather, who leaves at the end of next month after six years in the post.

An advert for the job, published today on the Cabinet Office website, says the next chair will receive a salary of £50,000 a year for working two days a week. Dame Suzi works for three days and was paid £80,969 in 2010, according to figures published by the Cabinet Office last July. She also received a travel and accommodation allowance of £22,250.

The new post holder will therefore earn the equivalent of £481 a day, compared with £519 a day earned by Dame Suzi before travel allowances are taken into account. The commission has recently suffered cuts to its budget from £29.3m to £21.3m over four years and the loss of 125 out of nearly 400 jobs.

The commission chair is responsible for ensuring that the commission proportionately regulates the 162,000 charities in England and Wales, and remains independent of government. The deadline for applications for the post is 22 June, with interviews being held in the week commencing 9 July. The next chair is expected to start work in October.

The selection panel will be chaired by Mark Addison, who has been appointed by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and will include Lynne Berry, trustee of the Canal and River Trust, Sue Gray, head of propriety and ethics at the Cabinet Office, and Lord Bew, crossbench peer and academic.

The job description says that the Charity Commission requires a person who possesses "strong leadership skills along with the expertise to oversee the independent, impartial and proportionate regulation of the charity sector".

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