Former accountant appointed to Charity Commission board

Will Lifford, who is also chair of the social landlord Yorkshire Housing, spent 25 years as a chartered accountant before retiring in 2007

Will Lifford
Will Lifford

The government has appointed the retired accountant Will Lifford to the Charity Commission board.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced that it had appointed Lifford, a former partner at Grant Thornton UK, to the regulator’s board for the next three years.

Lifford, chair of the social landlord Yorkshire Housing and a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, replaces Mike Ashley, who stepped down in November after six years.

Since retiring from Grant Thornton in 2007, Lifford has held several positions including chair of Martin House Children’s Hospice, and has been a board member of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.

He will be paid £350 a day for what is expected to be a time commitment of about 24 days a year.

The appointment, which began on 18 January, is for three years.

The DCMS said the position required the appointee to declare any political activity undertaken in the past five years, such as making a recordable donation or standing for election.

Lifford had declared no such activity, it said.

Baroness Stowell, chair of the Charity Commission, said Lifford, who lives in Yorkshire, would bring more regional diversity to the board.

“Together with his extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of accountancy and audit, as well as his experience of strategic leadership in the voluntary sector and regulation, he will make a vital contribution to the commission as we continue to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust – all the more important during these challenging times,” she said.

Lifford said: “The commission plays a vital role in ensuring charities maximise their impact in society, and I look forward to helping ensure the commission delivers on its ambitious strategy in the years ahead.”

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