Board member and Non executive chair

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley



Mike Ashley was appointed to the board in October 2014 for a three-year term, which has now been extended to 31 October 2018.

He is also a board member of the Charity Commission and Barclays. His other current appointments and previous experience include:

  • current member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Ethics Standards Committee
  • membership 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

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

Non executive chair

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