Charity Commission completes board expansion

The chair of Communities First Support Network in Wales, Simon Jones, has become the fifth and final new member of the Charity Commission's expanded board.

The expansion is in line with the provision of the 2006 Charities Act that allows it expand its board to a maximum of nine members. The provision also allows the commission to become a 'body corporate', which means that the commission now makes decisions as a corporate body similar to a limited company. Previously, commissioners acted in an individual capacity.

Jones’s appointment was agreed by third sector minister Phil Hope in consultation with the Welsh Assembly. He is also chair of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and was chief executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre for ten years.

He will sit alongside existing board members John Williams, Tess Woodcraft and Lindsay Driscoll as well as recently announced new members Sharmila Nebhrajani, Andrew Purkis, Theo Sowa and Simon Wethered.

Earlier this week the commission’s annual report revealed that it had met five out of six key performance indicators last year.

Other key achievements listed in the report include formulating an approach to the public benefit requirement in the Charities Act, setting out plans to reduce the administrative burden on charities by at least 25 per cent by 2010, and providing over 22,000 individual cases of advice and guidance to charities.

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