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 2021

Ian Karet, Interim Chair

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
• Director, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) UK
• Access Project volunteer
   

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

Kenneth Dibble

Current work • Visiting lecturer on Charity and Regulatory Law and Practice, The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London
• Training for Board members and staff members and staff of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) in charity and regulatory law and practice, as they relate to Northern Ireland
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, National Residential Landlords Association
• Non-executive Director, Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN)
•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 (ceased Mar 2020)
• Non-Executive Director, Monmouthshire Building Society (ceased Nov 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

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
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 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

William Lifford

Current work • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Board member)
Current unpaid work None
Recent former paid work • Board member, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (resigned Mar 2020)
• Board member, Yorkshire Housing (resigned 15 Sep 2021)
Current trusteeships St Gemma’s Hospice
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 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.