New board members at Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has appointed four new board members, two of which come from black, minority or ethnic communities.

Purkis (left) and Nebhrajani are among the Commision's new trustees
Purkis (left) and Nebhrajani are among the Commision's new trustees
The Commission was looking for six new trustees after two announced their resignation and the Charities Act 2006 allowed for the expansion of its board from five to nine members.

A fifth new appointee, with expertise in the Welsh charity sector, is expected to be announced in the following weeks. The Commission is still seeking a ninth trustee with legal expertise.

The trustees, announced today by third sector minister Ed Miliband, include Sharmila Nebhrajani, chief operating officer of BBC Future Media and Technology, Theodosia Sowa, a consultant and policy adviser to international development charities, Simon Wethered, a legal consultant with Charles Russell LLP solicitors and Andrew Purkis OBE, who was once chief executive of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

The Commission advertised for the positions in specialist ethnic minority publications such as New Nation and The Eastern Eye, as well as national newspapers. It also hired head hunters to find potential candidates from BME communities, and disabled applicants were offered automatic interviews. More than 230 people applied.

“I’m certain that with the addition of these new members we are in good shape to anticipate and meet the challenges ahead,” said Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the Commission. “We also have a board which better reflects the diversity of the charity sector.”

A spokeswoman for the Commission was unable to confirm if any of the trustees had a disability.

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