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Confirmation of the new chair of the Charity Commission

Orlando Fraser has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Charity Commission, after a 12-month search for a permanent post holder. Fraser’s nomination follows the failed nomination of Martin Thomas. Thomas quit the job days after being cleared by the Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in December 2021, after it emerged formal complaints had been made against him for behavior inappropriate.

We called for a full resumption of the nomination process and raised concerns about political independence. The DCMS committee rejected the government’s choice and also questioned Fraser’s political independence as the sole Conservative candidate. The government has since appointed Fraser for a three-year term, starting April 25, 2022.

We are confident that Fraser will bring significant charitable and regulatory experience. However, we are disappointed that the government has not restarted the appointment process. We felt it was important to have a transparent, open and politically independent process that gives confidence to the sector.

We look forward to engaging with Fraser and continuing our positive working relationship with the Charity Commission.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Charity Governance

EDI is a key governance priority, not only in terms of board diversity and inclusion, but also how boards can then lead practices in their own organizations.

We are delighted to partner with the Social Justice Collective to run a dedicated course on EDI in Charity Governance, taking place over three half-days in May and June 2022. The course covers the two areas outlined below. above and explores the implementation of the charity. Principle of the Governance Code on EDI.

I’m really happy to say that the first cohort completed the course and gave us great feedback. We thank the Social Justice Collective for their work and recommend the course to any board member or governance professional committed to improving the practice of EDI.

Ask about EDI training or reserve a spot for the next set of training dates in May and June.

Support for Ukraine

Last month, my colleague Sally wrote about how charities and trustees can respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The Charity Commission has since updated its guidance on the Ukraine crisis for trustees and charities. It includes a lot of useful information to guide your decision-making in response to the crisis.


Dan Francis is NCVO’s Principal Governance Consultant. For more regular updates, follow @mynameisdanfran Where @NCVO on Twitter.

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