Latest Charity Commission board appointments lead to Twitter clashes

Charity sector figures have clashed over whether there should be more people with charity sector experience on the Charity Commission’s board.

The debate on Twitter came after the appointment earlier this week of two new board members for the commission: Joanne Prowse, chief executive of the Phone-paid Services Authority, and Imran Gulamhuseinwala, chief executive and chair of Open Banking.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is tasked with making appointments to the commission's board. In a statement on Monday, the Charity Commission welcomed the regulation and digital expertise the two candidates brought to its board.

But critics said the board was almost totally without any direct charity sector experience, which raised questions about the Charity Commission’s ability to regulate effectively.

Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, said:

Helena Holt, chief executive of Devon Air Ambulance, added:

Russell Findlay, chief executive of Speakers Trust, pointed out:

Andrew Purkis, a former commission board member, said:

Duncan Shrubsole, director of policy and communications at the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, mused:

Keiran Goddard, formerly of the Association of Charitable Foundations, said:

Others were more accepting of the changes, and argued that a diverse range of experience on the board was needed.

Elizabeth Chamberlain, head of policy and public services at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

Chamberlain added:

Roberta Fusco, director of policy and engagement at the Charity Finance Group, said:

Caroline Fiennes, director of Giving Evidence, said:

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