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

Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE, Chair

Current work • Chair, Charity Commission for England and Wales
• 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 Feb 2018)
• The Transformation Trust (ceased Feb 2018)
Other (current) • Member of the House of Lords (independent)

Helen Stephenson CBE, Chief Executive

Current work Chief Executive, Charity Commission for England and Wales
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work Director of Early Years and Childcare, Department for Education (until 2017)
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships • Chair, National Childbirth Trust (ceased 2017)
• Member, Advisory Council, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (ceased 2017)
• Board member, Big Society Trust (ceased 2017)
Other None

Tony Cohen

Current work None
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships Chair, Barnado’s (ceased May 2017)
Other (current) None

Kenneth Dibble

Current work • Visiting lecturer on Charity and Regulatory Law and Practice, Cass Business School
• Training for Board members and staff of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) in charity and regulatory law and practice
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work Director of Legal Services, Charity Commission for England and Wales (ceased 2018)
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) None

Nina Hingorani-Crain

Current work • Non-Executive Director, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
• Non-Executive Director, Monmouthshire Building Society
• Non-Executive Director, National Residential Landlords Association
• Director, Hingorani-Crain Limited (dormant company)
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work • Board member; Advisor, SELDOC (ceased Dec 2018)
• Board member, Achieving for Children (resigned March 2020)
Current trusteeships None
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) • Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
• Member, Financial Times NED Club
• Member, Women on Boards

Ian Karet

Current work Partner, Linklaters LLP
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work None
Current trusteeships • Trustee, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
• Trustee, Kew Foundation
• Trustee, Nathan Karet Charitable Trust
Former trusteeships None
Other (current) • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
• Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• Member, Civil Justice Council
• Member, AIPPI, PTMG, CIPA
• Director, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) UK
• Access Project volunteer

Paul Martin CBE

Current work • Self-employed consultant on risk and security
• Writer
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
• 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 of the Year competition

Imran Gulamhuseinwala

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

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 - 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.