Charity Commission - Board Members x 3

Body: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Board members will receive £350 per day. Reasonable expenses incurred on official Commission business will be reimbursed. No pension is payable for the appointment.
Time Requirements: Approximately 18-24 days per year, depending on Committee membership.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State has appointed Tony Cohen, Nina Hingorani-Crain and Ian Karet as Board Members of the Charity Commission for terms of 3 years from 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/07/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    06/12/2018 at 09:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, wishes to appoint three Board members to the Charity Commission for England and Wales. These are public appointments and will be conducted in compliance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies under the principles of merit, fairness and openness.


The Charity Commission for England and Wales

The Charity Commission is the registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales. Its role is to provide proportionate regulation to the sector so that the public can trust and have confidence in charities. An independent, non-Ministerial Government Department, it is based across four sites, employing approximately 350 staff and for the financial year 2018/19 has a budget of £27 million. A new, five-year strategic plan will be launched during the summer of 2018.

The Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) appoints the Chair and other Board members, following fair and open competition, regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointment is for a term of three years.

There are approximately 168,000 registered charities in England and Wales, with approximately 700,000 people serving as trustees, overwhelmingly on a voluntary basis, some of whom serve as trustees of more than one charity. While some of these registered charities are household names, the majority – about 80% – have an income below £100,000 a year and employ no staff.

As registrar, the Commission is responsible for maintaining an accurate and up-to-date register of charities. This includes deciding whether organisations are charitable and should be registered. It also removes charities that are not considered to be charitable, no longer exist, or do not operate.

As regulator, the Commission has both compliance and enablement functions.  It is responsible for investigating and monitoring charities’ compliance with charity law and regulation; it takes enforcement action when there is malpractice or misconduct.  It also provides online services and guidance to help charities run as effectively as possible, ensuring charities meet their legal requirements, and makes appropriate information about each registered charity widely available.


The roles

These three vacancies are senior roles requiring people with the necessary non-executive skills and experience to assist the Chair in providing strategic leadership and oversight of the Charity Commission.  The Commission’s work is highly varied and engages with people and institutions throughout England and Wales: the Board seeks to reflect that diversity in its composition.

Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal, intellectual and analytical skills and sound judgement, together with a commitment to and appreciation of good corporate governance. Candidates with non-executive director (NED) and/or senior executive experience in the private, public and/or not-for-profit sector (including those for whom this would be a first board appointment) are encouraged to apply.


Person Specification

Statutory requirements

This round of three appointments must meet the following statutory obligations on the Board’s composition:

  • A member “who knows about conditions in Wales

The successful candidate will be familiar with and have an appreciation of the social, economic and cultural conditions in Wales, to inform the collective responsibility of the Board to represent the public interest of people living in England and Wales. This position will be appointed following a consultation with Welsh Government Ministers.

  • A member who is legally qualified

The successful candidate will hold legal qualifications within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, to inform the collective responsibility of the Board to dispatch its legal duties.

The third role is for a generalist board member who must meet the essential criteria listed below.

Essential Criteria

In addition to the above, all candidates must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • A career record of achievement and high performance in the private, public and/or not-for-profit sector, with an ability to operate effectively on the Board or senior committee of an established organisation.
  • An ability to guide the Commission’s strategic direction, use sound judgement, and consider and challenge complex issues from an impartial and balanced viewpoint.
  • Strong intellectual and analytical ability, with excellent listening, influencing and communication skills and a constructive style in challenging management recommendations where necessary.
  • Experience of giving or holding others to account via effective controls and assurance systems for risk, performance and quality.
  • An understanding of corporate governance and a commitment to the principles of public service, with the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management.
  • A commitment to and an understanding of the charity sector’s value to the public and – as part of that – the importance of its effective, independent, proportionate, and impartial regulation in the public interest.
  • An understanding of the Charity Commission’s diverse range of stakeholders and the inter-relationships between the charity sector and the Government/public/private sectors.


Desirable knowledge or experience

  • Successful development, procurement and/or implementation of major technology-led change programmes in support of operational and digital strategy – to provide appropriate Board-level scrutiny, challenge and support during a period of extensive transformation of services.
  • Management of charities at the senior executive level, including experience of the changing demands on and operating environment of the charity sector.
  • Regulatory compliance gained from working within a regulator or in a regulated sector.

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their skills and experience to this demanding role.

Please note, if one candidate fulfils both the Legal and Wales requirements then this may be combined into one role.  Should this occur and such a candidate is appointed, the other two available roles will become generalist roles and candidates will need to meet the essential criteria listed above.


Additional Information

Role of the board and its members

The Board is ultimately responsible and accountable for the Commission. The Chief Executive, who is accountable to the Board, is responsible for the operational management of the Commission and is the Accounting Officer. The Board reserves some specific high-risk regulatory decisions to itself.

The main tasks of the Board are to ensure that the Commission:

  • effectively fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties and appropriately exercises its legal powers
  • is accountable to Parliament, the courts, and the general public
  • regulates independently, proportionately and impartially and acts in good faith and in the public interest
  • delivers its services within its funding agreemen

The Board achieves this by setting the Commission’s strategic direction, approving its budget and business plans, and setting the risk framework and policies within which the Chief Executive and her team operate and/or follow and for which they are held to account.

In doing this, Board members will:

  • give proper time and attention to their roles and responsibilities
  • use their skills, knowledge and experience to inform collective decisions
  • abide by the Commission’s Governance Framework and observe the highest standards of propriety in fulfilling their responsibilities
  • ensure that they operate in accordance with governance best practice and Nolan principles of standards in public life.
  • participate in an annual appraisal of their own performance with the Chair.

The Board is supported by four committees, whose chairs and members are Board members, working alongside members of the Executive.

The Commission’s Governance Framework is available at:


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria.
  • The Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Completed applications should be sent to: Please put ‘Charity Commission’ and indicate which role you are applying for in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

We will acknowledge receipt of all applications, and will deal with your application as quickly as possible.

Please note interviews are scheduled for the 4th and 6th September 2018. 

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews. 


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