Tania Mason

Tania Mason

Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.

She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.

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Michelle Russell, the Charity Commission's director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement

Around one in four charities that the Charity Commission issued action plans to last year either partially or wholly ignored them, the Commission’s most senior investigator admitted yesterday.

Sarah Teather MP

None of the witnesses giving evidence to the committee examining the draft Protection of Charities Bill yesterday supported the idea of requiring people to get training or gain a basic qualification before being allowed to become a trustee.

Commission unfairly targets Muslim charities, says think tank

A new report by a think tank set up to “foster social cohesion in relation to Muslims in Britain” accuses the Charity Commission of being biased against Muslim charities despite having no evidence that they are inhabited by extremists.


Dan Corry, CEO of NPC

Setting up a charity without checking what other charitable provision already exists is “verging on the immoral”, NPC chief executive Dan Corry will tell a conference at Cass Business School today.

The “formalised systems of volunteer management” has been driven by legislation, safeguarding vulnerable adults and health and safety as well as leading umbrella organisation like the NCVO.

» Public service contract culture undermines volunteers, new report claims

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission. Image courtesy Fergus Burnett

Failings in charity governance often occur because boards become over-reliant on the chief executive or a single trustee, the ICAEW’s latest review project has found.


The expansion of contracted voluntary sector delivery of public services has reduced volunteer involvement in charitable provision and limited the tasks that volunteers carry out to the routine and mundane, according to a new report.

Charity leaders debate future of the sector at Making Good launch event

Charity leaders need to educate MPs about the challenges facing the sector as a whole but should not waste their time doing so until after the election, a former chair of the all-party Parliamentary group on charities said yesterday.

House of Lords

An attempt by a crossbench peer to extinguish the controversial Sarah Bill at second reading stage in the Lords failed yesterday after Labour peers decided to abstain from supporting his amendment.

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