Board member

Ian Karet


Ian Karet joined the Charity Commission Board in January 2019 and was appointed Interim Chair in February 2021.

He is a solicitor and a partner of Linklaters LLP, specialising in Intellectual Property and Technology.

Ian sits part-time as a Deputy High Court Judge and is a member of the Civil Justice Council.

He has served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and on the board of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

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

The Charity Commission

Previous roles in government

  • Chair, Charity Commission