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 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
  • listening and responding to stakeholders
  • 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.


Register of board members’ interests

William Shawcross, Chairman

Current work • Freelance Writer
Current unpaid work • None
Recent former paid work • Freelance Writer
Current trusteeships • None
Former trusteeships • Response
• Henry Jackson Society
• Anglo-Israel Association
• Wiener Library
Other (current) • None

Mike Ashley

Current work • Non-Executive Director, Barclays Bank
• Chair of the Government Internal Audit Agency
• Member, HM Treasury’s Audit Committee
Current unpaid work • Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Ethics Standards Committee
• Vice Chair, European Financial Reporting Advisory Group’s Technical Expert Group
• Governor and Director, Dulwich College Preparatory School Trust
Recent former paid work • Head of Quality and Risk Management, KPMG Europe LLP
Current trusteeships • None
Former trusteeships • None
Other (current) • None

Eryl Besse

Current work • None
Current unpaid work • Campaign Board, Development Committee, Magdalen College School
• Advisory Board, Teach First Cymru
Recent former paid work • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Current trusteeships • None
Former trusteeships • None
Other (current) • Avocat Honoraire, Barreau de Paris, Solicitor

Orlando Fraser QC

Current work • Barrister
Current unpaid work • Pro Bono Unit of the Bar
Recent former paid work • None
Current trusteeships • None
Former trusteeships • None
Other (current) • None

Tony Leifer

Current work • Double Negative Limited, Consultant
• Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Consultant
• General Counsel (part-time), Curtis Brown Group Limited
Current unpaid work • None
Recent former paid work • Olswang LLP, Partner
Current trusteeships • Chairman of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality
• Trustee of the Corinne Burton Memorial Trust
• Trustee of YaD
• Trustee of The Olswang Foundation
Former trusteeships • UK Jewish Aid and International Development
• World Jewish Relief
Other (current) • Member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (Chairman of its Constitution Committee and non-voting Member of its Executive Committee)

Gwythian Prins

Current work • None
Current unpaid work • None
Recent former paid work • Research Professor, London School of Economics
Current trusteeships • The Waterford School Trust
Former trusteeships • None
Other (current) • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
• Visiting Professor in War Studies, Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham