Regulator appoints two new board members

Joanne Prowse of the Phone-paid Services Authority and Imran Gulamhuseinwala of Open Banking have replaced Catherine Quinn and Laurie Benson, who left in November

Joanne Prowse and Imran Gulamhuseinwala
Joanne Prowse and Imran Gulamhuseinwala

The Charity Commission has appointed two new board members.

Joanne Prowse, chief executive of the Phone-paid Services Authority, the regulator for goods and services charged to phone bills and Imran Gulamhuseinwala, chief executive and chair of Open Banking, a government-sponsored initiative that works to put consumers in control of their data and payments, both joined the regulator’s board last year, the commission announced yesterday.

They replaced Catherine Quinn and Laurie Benson, whose three-year terms of office ended on 13 November.

The commission said in a statement that both Prowse and Gulamhuseinwala would bring “specific knowledge and skills”, with both having backgrounds in the use of new technology that has the potential to raise funds for charity.

Gulamhuseinwala said: “I have seen the progress that has already been made in introducing digital services, but there is scope to do so much more.

“I hope to lend my experience of tech, big data and its potential for transformation of a sector to help the commission make an even bigger impact and meet the expectations of the public and charities alike.”

Prowse said: “I am delighted to have joined the commission’s board and look forward to helping the Charity Commission maximise the positive impact charity makes to society and to ensuring we uphold the special status it holds in the hearts and minds of the public.

“I hope all my experience of regulating mass-market digital services will help the commission and charities to serve the public better.”

The two new board members, who have been appointed for three years, will be paid £350 per day for between about 18 and 24 days per year. 

Baroness Stowell, chair of the Charity Commission, welcomed the skills and expertise the new board members would bring.

“Each will make a significant impact to the commission’s agenda for change, including all we are doing to improve and modernise our services, which the public and trustees rely on, and I am delighted to have them on board,” she said.

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