Board member

Catherine Quinn



Catherine Quinn joined the Charity Commission as a board member in November 2016. She is the Private Secretary to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Her other appointments and previous experience includes:

  • Trustee, The Royal British Legion
  • Chief Executive of The Middle Temple
  • Head of Grants Management at the Wellcome Trust
  • Director of Research Services at the University of Oxford
  • Non-Executive Director of the National Memorial Arboretum

Board member

Charity Commission Board members are ultimately responsible for all that the commission does. They set the commission’s values, business direction and strategy and make sure it acts fairly, responsibly, transparently, proportionately and ethically. Board members see that the commission maintains its integrity and independence. They identify and manage risks and listen and respond to stakeholders.

The commission’s Board members also:

  • monitor how the commission meets its statutory objectives and uses its legal powers
  • consider the commission’s management team’s performance, governance standards and delivery against plans
  • focus on maximising the commission’s impact and effectiveness
  • make sure the commission uses public funds prudently