Ray Jones is stepping down as head of accountancy policy at the Charity Commission this summer after 22 years at the regulator. He is taking voluntary redundancy and his position will be merged with the commission’s operational accountancy team.
He joined the commission in 1992, advising case officers on accounting issues linked to case work and enquiries. He helped to implement the new accounting framework introduced after the passing of the Charities Act 1993.
He took on his current role in 2002 and has been instrumental recently in helping to develop the new Statements of Recommended Practice.
"Now that the new Sorps are with the Financial Reporting Council for sign-off, it’s an opportune time for me to look for pastures new," he said. "It’s been a privilege to have worked at the commission and to have been given the opportunity to influence the direction of charity accounting and financial reporting."
Jones, a monthly columnist for Third Sector, said he did not have any firm ideas about what he would do next, but hoped to continue working in the charity accounting sector, possibly in a training or consultancy capacity.
"In terms of the future, I’m really excited about the opportunities that have presented themselves recently and I’m very much looking forward working in the charity sector later this year," he said.