Commission's legal head retires from job after five years

Michael Carpenter, the Charity Commission's chief legal commissioner for the past five years, retired this week.

Two new board level posts have replaced his role. Kenneth Dibble, a member of the Commission's legal department for more than 20 years, will oversee the legal business of the commission as director of legal services. An additional part-time legal commissioner is to be appointed.

Dibble, a barrister since 1977 and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, said: "We have to continue our work in making charities relevant and meaningful in contemporary society for those who work in them and those who support them."

Carpenter's retirement coincides with the Government review of the voluntary sector which proposes significant changes to the Commission, including a new name, an increase in the number of commissioners and the establishment of a tribunal to hear appeals against the Commission's decisions.

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