Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has reappointed William Shawcross CVO as Chair of the Charity Commission, who will now work 3 not 2 days a week. The reappointment will ensure the continuity of the Commission’s 3 year programme designed to ensure that the Commission can address its many longstanding weaknesses, serving as an effective and proportionate regulator of the sector.
The Commission has recently been awarded new government funding which will allow it to upgrade systems, combat Islamist and extremist abuse of charities, and tackle fraud.
Previously closed cases may now be re-examined. Since his appointment Mr Shawcross has led the Charity Commission in recruiting an experienced board and new Chief Executive and developing a transformation programme to make the Commission a more robust and proactive regulator.
One year into its transformation, the expanded role for the Chair reflects the government’s support for these reforms, which were recently commented on by the National Audit Office. Its report acknowledged that the Commission had acted on recommendations for improvement, developing a credible business model and a change programme, improving its use of data, and making more frequent and effective use of its powers