Government reveals preferred candidate for Charity Commission chair

The individual will appear before MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for a pre-appointment hearing on 9 December

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The government has announced Martin Thomas as its preferred candidate to be the next chair of the Charity Commission. 

Thomas, who spent more than 20 years working in the insurance and financial services sectors, is chair of NHS Resolution, an arm’s-length body of the Department of Health and Social Care that helps resolve disputes involving the NHS.

He is also chair of Downside Up, a charity that supports families with children with Down syndrome in Russia, and of the poetry charity the Forward Arts Foundation. 

He has previously chaired the charity Women for Women International UK, which supports women who have survived war. 

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said Thomas previously held roles at the Bank of England, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. 

He is due to appear before MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for a pre-appointment hearing on 9 December. 

The former chair of the commission, Baroness Stowell, was unanimously rejected by the DCMS Select Committee before her appointment, but the government gave her the job anyway. 

Ian Karet has been interim chair of the commission since Stowell stepped down in February. 

Thomas will step down from his charitable board roles before becoming chair of the regulator, which is expected to take effect on Boxing Day for a three-year term. 

He will be paid £62,500 a year for an expected two-and-a-half days a week. 

He is required to report any political activity, but the DCMS said he had nothing to declare. 

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