Board member

Laurie Benson



Laurie Benson joined the Charity Commission as a board member in November 2016. She is the CEO of Upnexxt Ltd, a media consultancy firm. Laurie is a regular industry speaker on topics of digital transformation. Her other appointments and previous experience includes:

  • Publishing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Time Magazine and
  • Managing Director of EMEA at Bloomberg Media
  • Trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum
  • Non-Executive Director of The Medical Algorithms Company

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