Wood will sit out board decisions

The Charity Commission's newest board member, John Wood, will sit out any decisions on fee-charging charities because his children attend public school.

Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the commission, excused herself from decisions on fee-charging charities last year because her daughter was at an independent school (Third Sector, 22 August 2007).

Wood, who spent 25 years as a partner at Herbert Smith and headed the law firm's trust and charities practice, joined the commission as its legally qualified board member in February this year.

Phil Hope, the third sector minister, said Wood's skills would be crucial to implementing the Charities Act.

Another commissioner, Sharmila Nebhrajani, sent her daughter to a private nursery, but has not had to sit out of discussions after sending her to a state primary school.

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