Paul Palmer resigns from Independent Expert Group on Expenses

Guidance body set up by NCVO and Charity Finance Directors' Group appoints two other members

Paul Palmer, professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School, has resigned from the Independent Expert Group on Expenses.

The NCVO and the Charity Finance Directors' Group established the group in the summer to develop guidance for charities on how they should report senior staff expenses.

Palmer sits on the board of a company called Charity Business, which has created a software tool to help charities report their expenses.

The NCVO published a statement yesterday confirming Palmer had resigned, but a spokeswoman declined to say why. She said the group, which was set up because of concerns about the transparency of expenses claims, had replaced him with two people - John Stoker and Peter Grant.

Stoker was the first Commissioner for the Compact from 2006 to 2008 and was chief commissioner at the Charity Commission from 1999 to 2005.

Grant has developed a masters-level programme in grantmaking and philanthropy at Cass Business School.

The expenses panel is expected to publish its guidance for the sector at the end of the year.

Third Sector is seeking comment from Palmer.

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