Ministers appoint three new Charity Commission board members

And the regulator has amended its governance rules so that the chief executive can join the board

The government has appointed three new members to the Charity Commission’s board.

And the regulator said today that it had amended its governance to allow its chief executive to join the board.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said today it had appointed Tony Cohen, Ian Karet and Nina Hingorani-Crain to the regulator’s board for three-year terms from 1 January.

They will replace Eryl Besse and Tony Leifer, who will stand down this month having served the maximum six years, and fill a vacancy, the regulator said.

Cohen, who was chair of Barnardo’s for four years until May this year, is a former newspaper journalist and ex-chief executive of the television company FremantleMedia.

He has also been a board member of the RSA and the creative writing charity the Arvon Foundation.

The DCMS said Hingorani-Crain had had "a diverse 20-year career in the private, public and charity sectors", including working on the creation of the Financial Conduct Authority and a six-month secondment to the older people’s charity Age UK.

Karet, a partner at the law firm Linklaters LLP, is also a member of the Civil Justice Council and a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The new board members will each be paid £350 a day for between 18 and 24 days a year, according to the government advertisement for the roles.

Asked why the board had a vacancy and how long there had been one, a commission spokeswoman said that the commission board should consist of a chair and between four and eight members, so it had been carrying a vacancy.

Baroness Stowell, chair of the commission, said the three new appointments were "stand-out candidates" from a high-quality field.

She said: "We have defined a positive new purpose and set an ambitious strategy for the next five years. I am confident each will make a hugely valuable contribution in the months and years ahead.

"I look forward to working with them and all members of the commission to ensure that charity can thrive, inspire trust and deliver as much benefit as possible back to society."

The commission today published an updated governance framework, which has been amended to enable the regulator’s chief executive, currently Helen Stephenson, to join the board.

"This change means that the chief executive’s role as accounting officer is more clearly represented at the highest level of corporate decision-making and brings the commission into line with the recommended governance practices of other, similar bodies," the commission said.

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