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

Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE, Chair

Current work • Chair of the Charity Commission
• Non-executive Director, Impellam Group plc
• Non-executive Director, ABTA Ltd
Current unpaid work • Director, Stannary Street Management Company Ltd (a not-for-profit company)
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships • Crimestoppers (ceased 22nd Feb 2018)
• The Transformation Trust (ceased 22nd Feb 2018)
• Dorneywood Charitable Trust (ceased Jul 2016)
Other (current) • Member of the House of Lords
• Member of the House of Lords Communications Select Committee (to cease April 2018)

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)
• The Medical Algorithms Company
• Board member, Christie Group plc
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)
Current trusteeships See above
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) • Membership of English Heritage
• Membership of National Portrait Gallery

Eryl Besse

Current work None
Current unpaid work Advisory Board, Teach First Cymru
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) Avocat Honoraire, Barreau de Paris, Solicitor

Kenneth Dibble

Current work None
Current unpaid work Visiting lecturer on Charity and Regulatory Law and Practice, Cass Business School
Recent former paid work Director of Legal Services, Charity Commission
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 • Trustee 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
• Chairman of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality
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 CBE

Current work • Strategy adviser to a cyber security company (part-time salaried employee)
• Self-employed consultant on risk and security
• Self-employed writer
• Director of The Shepherds Group, a risk consultancy
Current unpaid work • Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Imperial College London
• Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
• Member of the advisory board, Cambridge Security Initiative
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) Member of the Society of Authors

Catherine Quinn

Current work • Private Secretary to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
• Non-Executive Director, Oxford Said
Current unpaid work • Trustee, The Royal British Legion
• Non-Executive Director, National Memorial Arboretum Ltd
• Business School (OSBS) Ltd
• Non-Executive Director, The Met Office
Recent former paid work • Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean, Said Business School, Oxford University (2013-2017)
• Chief Executive and Under Treasurer, The Middle Temple (2011-2013)
• Head of Grants Management, The Wellcome Trust (2007-2013)
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships • Governor and Board Member, The Contemporary Dance Trust (‘The Place’) (2008-2014)
• Trustee, London Children’s Ballet (2010-2013)
Other (current) • Non-Governing Body Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford (unpaid)
• Fellow, Zoological Society London (unpaid)