New chairperson for Charity Commission sought

Written by Matt Ritchie

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is advertising for a new chairperson for the Charity Commission.

The new chair will replace William Shawcross who is to depart this year after holding the role since 2012. The new appointment will be for a term of up to three years.

In an online advert, the DCMS said the role is for two and a half days per week, remunerated at £62,500 per annum.

DCMS permanent secretary Sue Owen is chairing the assessment panel for the role, which comprises chair of the independent inquiry into the future of civil society Julia Unwin, professor of surgery at University College London and chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission Lord Kakkar, and panel member Alan Downey.

The regulator’s current strategic plan comes to an end next year, and the new chair will lead the board in setting the commission’s strategic priorities and direction of policy over the next three years.

Helen Stephenson CBE recently joined the commission as chief executive, succeeding Paula Sussex. Shortlisted applicants for the role as chairperson will have an opportunity to meet with the new chief executive.

Applications for the role close on 22 September. More information is available here.

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