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10th November 2020

Chair of Charity Commission to step down

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Baroness Stowell has announced that she will not be seeking re-appointment as Chair of the Charity Commission when her three-year term of office ends in February 2021.

Baroness Stowell has recently faced criticism over her speech to the Commission’s AGM and her failure to take any questions.

In a letter sent to MPs, charity leaders have said that the next chair of the Commission needs to be truly politically neutral so that they can rebuild trust with the sector. The letter says: “Transparency, accountability and party-political neutrality must be prioritised in this recruitment process, to restore trust across the sector that the non-executive of its regulator will act politically impartially.” 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has not yet set out when the recruitment process will begin, but the process is expected to start shortly.

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