Sir Christopher Kelly

Sir Christopher Kelly

Chair, King's Fund

Sir Christopher Kelly is chair of the Kings Fund and of the TPO Foundation. He has previously been chair of the NSPCC, of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, of Compact Voice and of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Until 2001 he was a civil servant. He was director of monetary and fiscal policy and director of the Budget and public finances at HM Treasury, where worked from 1970 to 1995. He then became head of the policy group at the then Department of Social Security and in 1997 was appointed permanent secretary to the Department of Health.

Since leaving the civil service in 2001 he has chaired various reviews, including one on paying for the cost of long-term care for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and another on the arrest to sentence part of the criminal justice system which led to the creation of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. In 2004 he also chaired a serious case review commissioned by the North East Lincolnshire Area Child Protection Committee into aspects of the Ian Huntley case.

Kelly has been a Charity Awards judge since 2007.

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The dire consequences of inadequate checks on trustees and volunteers

Trustees must act to ensure the children and vulnerable beneficiaries in their charity's care are kept safe from harm, say Susan Daniels and Sir Christopher Kelly

NSPCC: issues for the chair

Chris Kelly, chair of NSPCC, discusses the major issues surrounding his governance. "With all of our activity one of the big issues for us is to make sure that we retain our focus. There is no great magic about this. The essential ingredients are in any manual on how to run organisations. The trick is to implement them effectively."

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