Comment and speeches: Charity Commission

Authored articles and speeches from Charity Commission board members and staff on topics or ideas relevant to its work.


From time to time, the Charity Commission publishes comment pieces on topics or ideas relevant to its work. These are authored by individual members of staff and are not necessarily identical with the commission’s corporate position on issues. They may reflect new ways of thinking or approaching a subject.

  1. Talking to trustees
  2. Education in charity law: informing the debate
  3. Governance “horror story”
  4. Who is affected by the decisions of the Charity Commission?
  5. Standing on Firm Ground
  6. Changing attitudes to ethical investment?
  7. Charity members and their duties
  8. Charity land: register it or risk losing it
  9. Cracking down on 'double defaulting' charities
  10. Charity trustees' duty to avoid or manage conflicts of interest
  11. Uncharitable activities
  12. Protecting your charity's reputation
  13. Mind the pennies - using the Charity Tribunal
  14. Telling your charity's story
  15. What makes a charity?
  16. Signed, sealed, defaulted


Commission staff speak at a range of events on a variety of subjects, ranging from the challenges facing charity trustees during times of change, to the commission’s strategic review. These speeches may be of interest to charity trustees, journalists and anyone with a general interest in the charity sector.

  1. Paula Sussex speech at ICAEW, 15 March 2017
  2. William Shawcross opening speech at annual public meeting
  3. Sarah Atkinson delivers webinar of key trustee duties
  4. William Shawcross speech at the All Party Parliamentary Group
  5. Sarah Atkinson speech at Charity Reform
  6. William Shawcross speech at Institute of Fundraising conference
  7. William Shawcross at the Abbeyfield national conference
  8. Paula Sussex presentation to the Association of Chairs
  9. William Shawcross speech at the Centre for Social Justice Alliance conference
  10. Sarah Atkinson speech at Institute of Fundraising convention
  11. Paula Sussex at Charity Times Conference 2016
  12. William Shawcross speech at Wild Search
  13. Sarah Atkinson speech at Fundraising Week, 20 April 2016
  14. Sarah Atkinson speech at ICSA Annual Conference
  15. Sarah Atkinson speech at the Bond Conference, London, 1 March 2016
  16. William Shawcross speech at commission’s public meeting in Southampton
  17. Sarah Atkinson speech, Westminster Policy Forum, 26 January
  18. William Shawcross remarks in the River Room, House of Lords
  19. William Shawcross presentation to Fundraising Summit, 4 December 2015
  20. Charity Commission: Annual Public Meeting opening notes
  21. Sarah Atkinson speech at the Institute of Fundraising - National Fundraising Convention on 7 July 2015
  22. On 24 June 2015, William Shawcross addressed the Princess Royal's Charities Forum at Buckingham Palace.
  23. Rathbones Charity Conversations series 2015: William Shawcross' speech
  24. Upholding public trust and confidence
  25. Charity Finance Summit 2014
  26. William Shawcross speech: Voluntary Action Leeds AGM
  27. Churches' Legislation Advisory Service: William Shawcross speech
  28. Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme: William Shawcross
  29. Rathbones Charity Symposium: William Shawcross's speech
  30. Westminster Social Policy Forum: Sam Younger's speech
  31. National Federation of Women's Institutes: William Shawcross
  32. ACEVO Annual Conference 2012: William Shawcross's speech
Published 3 September 2013
Last updated 29 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. William Shawcross speech: Voluntary Action Leeds AGM added 29/09/14
  2. First published.