Board member

Joanne Prowse


Joanne Prowse joined the Charity Commission as a board member in November 2019.

Jo is the Chief Executive and a Board member of the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA), the UK regulator for content, goods and services charged to a phone bill. Jo has extensive leadership experience in strategy execution, policy development, operations, consumer protection, stakeholder management and organisational change in the regulatory, not-for-profit, digital and commercial sectors.

She was previously the Director of Operations and IT at PSA. Jo has held senior roles at PRS for Music, the music copyright, licensing and royalty distribution organisation, culminating as Managing Director for Membership and Operations with previous appointments of Executive Director for Membership and of Communications Director.

Jo has a BSc in Music from City University and a Master of Business Administration from the Open University. Current voluntary roles include Committee member of Chorleywood Music and of the Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year Competition.

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

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