Non-executive director and Board member

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley



Mike Ashley was appointed as a non-executive director for the Government Internal Audit Agency in October 2014. He joined the Charity Commission as Board member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in November 2014. Since September 2013 he’s been a non-executive director of Barclays. His other current appointments and previous experience includes:

  • current member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Ethics Standards Committee
  • Non-executive Director and chair of the audit committee of Barclays
  • Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants
  • Head of Quality and Risk Management, KPMG Europe LLP
  • more than 20 years’ experience as an audit partner for several large financial services groups (most recently HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered PLC) and for the Bank of England

Non-executive director

Government non-executive directors provide advice and bring an external perspective to the business of government departments. They do not have decision-making powers.

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