Dame Suzi Leather reappointed as Charity Commission chair

Second term for commission leader

The Government has reappointed Dame Suzi Leather as chair of the Charity Commission for a second three-year term.  

Leather will be paid just under £79,000 a year for a minimum of three days' work a week.

Announcing the appointment, third sector minister Angela Smith said Leather's reappointment would ensure stability for the commission as it continued to implement the 2006 Charities Act.

"Dame Suzi has led the commission through the most radical changes in charity law in modern times and has earned respect for her independence and strength in her decision-making," she said.

"To be successful, charities must maintain the current high levels of public trust and confidence, which is why Dame Suzi's skills and experience are so important to the sector."

Leather said it was a "tremendous privilege" to work with the commission to ensure that its services were "rigorous, fair, expert and efficient". She added: "At this time of great challenge for charities, the role of the commission in maintaining public trust and confidence in charity has never been more important."

Leather was heavily criticised by sections of the national press last week after the commission decided that two out of the five private charitable schools that took part in its assessment exercise did not offer enough public benefit.

Defenders of private schools accused her of implementing Government policy and criticised her membership of the Labour Party.

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