Board member

Mike Ashley


Mike Ashley was appointed to the board in October 2014 initially for a three-year term, which has now been extended to 31 October 2020.

He is also a board member and chair of the audit committee of Barclays Plc. His other current appointments and previous experience include:

  • current member of the board and chair of the audit and risk committee of the Cabinet Office
  • current member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Ethics Standards Committee
  • membership of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants
  • from 2014 to September 2018 chair of the Government Internal Audit Agency
  • until 2013 Head of Quality and Risk Management, KPMG Europe LLP
  • more than 20 years’ experience as an audit partner at KPMG for several large financial services groups (most recently HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered PLC) and for the Bank of England

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Non executive chair

    • 2017 to 2018