Working party to tackle publication of expenses

Independent expert group will draw up guidance for trustees and senior managers

A former charity commissioner will lead a working party that will draw up guidance for charities on how they should report senior staff expenses.

Lindsay Driscoll will chair an independent expert group on expenses, which has been set up by the NCVO and the Charity Finance Directors' Group. It will call for views from the sector on how to handle the publication of expenses for trustees and senior staff.

Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, Paul Palmer, professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School and Don Bawtree, charity unit partner at accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward, will be the other members of the group.

It will hold a consultation on the issue over the next two months and plans to produce guidance by the end of October.

Driscoll, who is a consultant at law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite, said: "It is important that voluntary and community organisations get this right to maintain the high levels of public trust that exist in the sector."

Keith Hickey, chief executive of the CFDG, said careful thought must be given to the subject. "Public trust and confidence are of paramount importance in the charity sector," he said. "It is therefore crucial that careful and detailed consideration is given to this issue so that we can give the best advice to organisations in the sector."

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said the move was prompted by members contacting the umbrella body to ask for advice on the issue.

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