Charity Commission - Chair

Body: Charity Commission
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: Most of the Chair’s work will be based at the Charity Commission’s London office (remotely at present). The successful candidate will be expected to undertake some travel in connection with the role, for which reasonable expenses will be paid (in line with the Charity Commission’s policies).
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £62,500 per annum - no pension is payable for the appointment
Time Requirements: Two and a half days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/04/2021 at 23:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 26th April

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 6th and 20th September

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The Charity Commission is the independent registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales. Its role is to register and regulate the charities in England and Wales, and to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. It regulates over 168,000 registered charities and £81.2 billion of charitable income.  A non-Ministerial Department, it is based across four sites, employing approximately 420 staff and in 2019/20 had a budget of £29.3 Million. Its current Strategic Plan comes to an end in 2023.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint a new Chair to the Charity Commission for England and Wales. This is a public appointment and will be conducted in compliance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments and under the principles of merit, fairness and openness.

The successful candidate will be required to attend a pre-appointment hearing before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee. The proposed date for a pre-appointment hearing for this role will be confirmed as soon as possible after the launch of this campaign.

The role

The appointment is for a term of up to three years. The role is for two and a half days per week, remunerated at £62,500 per annum. No pension is payable for the appointment.

Most of the Chair’s work will be based at the Charity Commission’s London office (remotely at present). The successful candidate will be expected to undertake some travel in connection with the role, for which reasonable expenses will be paid (in line with the Charity Commission’s policies).

Job Description

The Charity Commission’s Board is ultimately responsible for all that the Commission does. In order for the Commission to discharge its responsibilities appropriately and effectively, day-to-day and operational management is delegated to the Chief Executive.

The Chair of the Board is responsible for leading the board in:

  • ensuring 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
    • delivers its services within its funding agreement
  • setting the Commission’s strategic priorities and direction of policy over the next three years;
  • supporting the Commission in securing the resources it needs to effectively and efficiently discharge its functions and duties;
  • regulating independently, proportionately and impartially and acting in good faith and in the corporate interest;
  • maintaining and developing strong relationships with government, Parliament, sector bodies and other major stakeholders and key influencers;
  • supporting and managing the Chief Executive, including agreeing objectives and undertaking an annual appraisal;
  • along with the Chief Executive, communicating the Commission’s role to stakeholders including the public, charities and their users, the Government and Commission staff;
  • ensuring that the Board and its members observe the highest standards of propriety and operate in accordance with the Commission’s Governance Framework and the Nolan principles of standards in public life.

The Commission’s Governance Framework sets out in detail the respective roles and responsibilities of the Commission, Board, Chair and the Executive.


Person Specification

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the majority of the following essential criteria:

  • the ability to be an accessible and engaging ambassador for the organisation, and have the ability to influence high level stakeholders within government and Parliament, the media, the charity sector and the business world;
  • the ability and skills to lead a board and make strategic decisions within a high profile organisation operating within a complex external landscape;
  • a commitment to the charity sector’s effective, independent, proportionate, and impartial regulation;
  • a strong commitment to ensuring charities remain focused on delivering their core charitable purposes and ensuring that trustees understand their legal duties, including on campaigning and political activity;
  • the ability to, and past experience of, providing a high quality service and delivering value for money for the taxpayer and/or shareholders;
  • an understanding of and interest in the charity sector, including an awareness of the multifaceted challenges it faces resulting from changing social and economic circumstances;
  • the ability to build and recruit a high-performing Board and support the organisation through a period of significant change;
  • a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and providing opportunities for all.


Additional Information

Conflicts of Interest

Candidates must note the requirement to declare any interests they may have that might cause questions to be raised about their approach to the business of the Charity Commission. They are required to declare any relevant business interests, shareholdings, positions of authority, retainers, consultancy arrangements or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies, both for themselves and for their spouses/partners. The successful candidate will be required to give up any conflicting interests and his/her other business and financial interests may be published.

Political Activity

Given the need for the Charity Commission to be, and to be seen to be, impartial and independent in its regulation of charities, engagement in significant political activity (holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election) is likely to prove a significant conflict of interest for candidates applying for this role.

To allow the panel to explore conflicts of interest, and in particular political activity, with the candidates in the context of their ability to perform in the role, candidates should declare any significant political activity which they have undertaken in the last five years. This information will only be provided to the panel for those applicants selected for interview.

Details of the successful candidates declared political activity will be published when the appointment is announced.

Due Diligence

As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Advisory Assessment Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview. The information may also be shared with Ministers and Cabinet Office.

Eligibility Criteria

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with a creditor
  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors;
  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the conviction not being spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53);
  • you become subject to a debt relief order or a bankruptcy restrictions order;
  • you fail to declare any conflict of interest.


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