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. 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: 2 and a half days per week


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

Baroness Tina Stowell appointed as new Chair of Charity Commission from 26 February 2018.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/09/2017 at 15:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Preferred Candidate Announced


  • Announcement

    01/03/2018 at 11:00


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. A non-Ministerial Department, it is based across four sites, employing approximately 300 staff and in 2016/17 had a budget of £21.5 Million. Its current Strategic Plan comes to an end in 2018.

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 Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee.

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. 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’ 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.


Person Specification

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

  • 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 to make strategic decisions within a complex and shifting external landscape;
  • a commitment to the charity sector’s effective, independent, proportionate, and impartial regulation;
  • the ability to provide a high quality service and deliver value for money for the taxpayer;
  • 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 skills to lead a Board and support the leadership of a high profile organisation by providing strategic guidance and effective challenge;
  • the ability to support the organisation through a period of significant change and cultural development as demonstrated by experience in either the private or charity/not for profit sector;
  • the ability to apply strategic insight and constructive challenge to the Executive team’s plans across wide-ranging strategy, delivery and organisational issues;
  • personal integrity and resilience, demonstrable independence and other attitudes consistent with the expectations of senior public office in a high profile role.

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experiences to this demanding role.

Additional Information

Further information and Queries

Each of the short-listed candidates will have an opportunity to meet Helen Stephenson, the Chief Executive.

If you would like to speak to someone about the appointment process, please contact Tarjit Chal at DCMS, on 020 7211 2314 (email address:

To talk to someone about the Charity Commission, please contact Alex O’Donoghue on or 0300 065 2146.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit:

  • A detailed CV (no more than 3 pages) – this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages) – setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • Diversity monitoring form; and
  • Declaration of conflict of interest form.

The Diversity Form will be kept separate 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 – Chair’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Stephanie Legg, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

The closing date for applications is 22 September 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held in October/November 2017.

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