The government should consider giving control over the appointment of the chair of the Charity Commission to parliament, making the chair's term non-renewable and fixed, or making changes to the pre-appointment hearing process, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has recommended in a discussion paper arising from its review of the commission's governance.
The paper considers possible alternative legal structures for the commission, which is a non-ministerial department, but rejects them all. It sets out six proposals specifically aimed at the process of appointing the regulator's chair, currently a ministerial appointment by the Cabinet Office. These include giving the Commons formal control of the appointment and making the chair a non-renewable, fixed five-year term.
Other suggestions include requiring the MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee to come to a unanimous decision about that candidate before the appointment is approved, or handing this pre-appointment hearing duty to a new cross-parliamentary committee chaired by a crossbench peer.