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.

Members

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

Laurie Benson

Current work • Founder, Upnexxt Ltd (consultancy firm)
• Board Member, The Medical Algorithms Company
Current unpaid work • Board of Trustees: The Royal Air Force Museum (2016 - )
• Non-Executive Director: The Medical Algorithms Company (Medal) (2013 - )
Recent former paid work • Managing Director, Bloomberg Media, Europe, Middle East and Africa (2009-2013)
• Publisher, Time and Time.com Europe, Middle East and Africa (2005-2009)
Former Trusteeship  
Other  

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)

Paul Martin

Current work • Strategy Adviser to Context Information Security
• Risk and security consultant
• Writer
Current unpaid work • Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Imperial College London
• Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
Recent former paid work • Director of Security, UK Parliament
Former Trusteeship  
Other • Member of the Society of Authors

Catherine Quinn

Current work • Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean, Said Business School, Oxford University (since 2013)
• Non-Executive Director, Oxford Said Business School (OSBS) Ltd
Current unpaid work • Trustee, The Royal British Legion
• Non-Executive Director, National Memorial Arboretum Ltd
Recent former paid work • Chief Executive and Under Treasurer, The Middle Temple (2011-2013)
• Head of Grants Management, The Wellcome Trust (2007-2013)
Former Trusteeship • Governor & Board Member, The Contemporary Dance Trust (‘The Place’) (2008-2014)
• Trustee, London Children’s Ballet (2010-2013)
Other • Non-Governing Body Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford (unpaid)
• Fellow, Zoological Society London (unpaid)