Commission head announces a 'less buttoned up' body

The Charity Commission is going to "come down off its pedestal and be less buttoned up and more engaged", its new chief executive, Andrew Hind, pledged last week.

He told the annual dinner of the Charity Finance Directors' Group that he wanted the commission to be innovative, creative, confident and flexible.

At the same time, it would be true to important values of accuracy, legal expertise, impartiality and excellence, he said.

Geraldine Peacock, chair of the commission, told the 450 guests that the regulatory body was going to have a completely new governance and management structure whether or not a Charities Bill passed into law.

She also warned guests that the commission Christmas card was likely to be photograph of a plate of Brussel sprouts, symbolising the green shoots of renewal.

See Editorial, page 17.

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