Dame Suzi Leather named on Cabinet Office's quango high-earners list

Charity Commission spokeswoman says Leather gets a salary of £80,969 and a £22,250 travel allowance

Dame Suzi Leather
Dame Suzi Leather

Dame Suzi Leather, the chair of the Charity Commission, has been named on the Cabinet Office’s list of quango high earners.

The list names those receiving annual pay packages of £150,000 upwards or the equivalent from non-departmental public bodies. It was published this morning.

It says Leather’s pay package, including taxable benefits and allowances, is between £100,000 and £104,999 a year for a three-day week. Five days at the same rate would be well above £150,000 a year.

A Charity Commission spokeswoman said Leather’s salary was £80,869, which is equivalent to £135,107 for a full-time position, and she received a travel and accommodation allowance of £22,520 a year.

"Dame Suzi resides in the west country," the spokeswoman said. "The commission, under the terms of Dame Suzi's appointment, arranges and pays for her travel from home to London, her return journey and the cost of her hotel accommodation in London.

"These costs, which amounted to £22,520 in 2009/10, have been included in the disclosure figures released by the Cabinet Office. The overwhelming majority of these expenses are incurred by the commission directly and they do not form part of her salary."

Leather’s role involves a lot of travel visiting charities and stakeholders around England and Wales, the spokeswoman said.

The list, which includes 332 names, also includes Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England, who is paid between £150,000 and £154,999.

Five senior managers at British Waterways, which has plans to become a charity, are also on the list. Its highest earner is listed as Robin Evans, the chief executive, who is paid between £230,000 and £234,999 a year.

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