Our governance

The non-executive board of the Charity Commission.


The board

Whilst day-to-day and operational management is delegated to our Chief Executive, our board is ultimately responsible for all that we do. This includes:

  • our purpose and strategy
  • our overall performance
  • our values, integrity and reputation
  • how we meet our statutory objectives and use our legal powers
  • our business direction and strategy
  • our management team’s performance, governance standards and delivery against plans

Our board pays particular attention to:

  • maximising our impact and effectiveness
  • identifying and managing risks
  • maintaining our independence from government and the sector we regulate
  • making sure we use public funds prudently
  • making sure we act fairly, responsibly, transparently, proportionately and ethically

See the Commission’s statement of mission, regulatory approach and values.

Members

Register of board members’ interests 2022

Orlando Fraser QC, Chair

Current work Barrister, 4 Stone Buildings Chambers
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) None

Helen Stephenson CBE, Chief Executive

Current work Chief Executive, Charity Commission
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other Director, Insight Properties Ltd

Tony Cohen

Current work None
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) None

Imran Gulamhuseinwala

Current work Advisor, Portag3
Current unpaid work Board member, Commuter Club Ltd
Recent former paid work • Implementation Trustee, Open Banking Ltd (ceased 2021)
• Board member, Orbis Investments UK (ceased 2021)
• Advisor, Aviva Ventures (ceased 2021)
• Partner, EY (ceased 2019)
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) None

Ian Karet

Current work • Partner, Linklaters LLP
• Deputy High Court Judge (part time)
• PepTC Vaccines Ltd (Non-Executive Director)
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships •Trustee, Kew Foundation (ceased 22 February 2021)
• Trustee, Nathan Karet Charitable Trust (ceased 24 February 2021)
• Trustee, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew (ceased 28 February 2021)
Other (current) • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
• Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• Member, Civil Justice Council
• Member, AIPPI, PTMG, CIPA
• The Access Project volunteer

William Lifford

Current work Board member, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work • Board member, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (ceased Mar 2020)
• Chair, Yorkshire Housing (ceased Sep 2021)
Current trusteeships St Gemma’s Hospice
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) None

Paul Martin CBE

Current work • Self-employed independent adviser on security, risk and resilience, working mostly within the public sector
• Writer of non-fiction books on behavioural science and security
• Professor of Practice in Protective Security Strategy at Coventry University
• Member of a government science advisory council
Current unpaid work • Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Imperial College London
• Distinguished Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
• Member, Advisory Board and research panel of the National Leadership Centre
• Member, Strategic Advisory Group University of Strathclyde Security & Resilience Research Centre
• Specialist adviser to a committee of Parliament
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) • Member of the Society of Authors
• Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology

Joanne Prowse

Current work CEO, Phone-paid Services Authority
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) • Committee member, Chorleywood Music
• Committee member, Rickmansworth Young Musician competition

2018 Governance framework

The commission’s governance framework sets out the roles, responsibilities and procedures for the effective and efficient conduct of its business.

Read the Commission’s governance framework.

2018 to 2023 Statement of Strategic Intent

The Commission’s purpose is a statement of what we stand for. This purpose will inform everything we do and how we approach our work.

Read our Statement of Strategic Intent and our five strategic objectives.