The Charity Commission has finalised its new, smaller five-person senior management team by recruiting a chief operating officer in charge of the regulator’s registrations and IT operations, and a director of corporate services with finance and HR oversight.
After Paula Sussex became chief executive of the commission on 30 June 2014, she reduced the number of people reporting to her directly from 11 to five. The first three of those posts, in what is known as the commission’s directors group, were filled by internal candidates: Sarah Atkinson became head of information and communications, Kenneth Dibble was made head of legal services and Michelle Russell took on the role of director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement.
The commission announced today that it has appointed Tracey Newman to the new role of chief operating officer, a role overseeing the commission’s registration function, operational casework, first-contact function, website and internal IT systems, and David Jones as director of corporate services, with specific responsibility for finance, HR, governance and facilities functions.
Both joined the regulator in April.
A commission spokeswoman said it did not announce the new appointments earlier because of purdah restrictions, which require government bodies not to say anything politically controversial or publish anything that could appear to support a political party or individuals in the run-up to an election.
Newman, who is based in the commission’s Bootle office, takes up the role after three years as director of dispute resolution at the Ombudsman Services, an independent not-for-profit organisation. She previously spent 20 years in operational roles in the mobile telecommunications industry, latterly at O2.
Jones was previously head of finance at the mapping agency Ordnance Survey, where he spent 15 years, before which he worked for the Environment Agency as a finance manager, having spent his early career in the City.
He will split his time between the regulator’s Taunton and London offices. One of his tasks will be to lead a Taunton office relocation that is scheduled to take place later this year to reduce overheads.
Neville Brownlee, the commission’s head of first contact who had been covering the chief operating officer’s role on an interim basis since last year, has been appointed director of risk.
Nick Allaway, the regulator’s head of business services who had been temporarily covering the director of corporate services role, said in October that he would leave the commission this year.
The commission said that no redundancies had been made during the senior restructure.
A commission statement said: "The new directors join as the commission is in the first year of a comprehensive three-year programme of change designed to help create a more efficient and robust regulator. This follows an allocation of £8m ‘invest to save’ funding from the Treasury.
"The programme aims to deliver new digital services that make it easier for charities to interact with the commission while allowing it to focus more resource on higher-risk work."