Dame Suzi Leather reappointed Charity Commission chair 21/07/09

Dame Suzi Leather has been re-appointed as chair of the Charity Commission for a further three year period, Angela Smith minister for the Third Sector announced today.

Since first being appointed chair of the Charity Commission in August 2006, Dame Suzi Leather has overseen measures to improve the regulation of charities, increase accountability and cut red tape for smaller charities.

The Commission has also been active in understanding the impact of the recession on charities, and supporting the sector with new guidance.

Angela Smith, minister for the Third Sector, said: “Dame Suzi has led the Charity Commission through the most radical changes in charity law in modern times and has earned respect for her independence and strength in her decision making. I am very pleased that she has accepted a further three year term.”

”The Government is giving charities unprecedented support as they play a crucial role in helping people through this recession. To be successful charities must maintain the current high levels of public trust and confidence which is why Dame Suzi’s skills and experience are so important to the sector.”

The Charity Commission aims to provide the best possible regulation of charities in order to increase charities’ efficiency and effectiveness and public confidence and trust in them.

The appointment of Dame Suzi Leather to serve a second three-year term has been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.

The post of Chair of the Charity Commission is paid at the sum of £78,874.54 per year for a minimum of 3 days work per week.

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