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David Locke, executive director of charity services, Charity Commission
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David Locke becomes chief adviser to Australian charity regulator

Governance | Tania Mason | 7 Oct 2011

David Locke, the executive director of charity services at the Charity Commission, has been seconded to Australia to be chief adviser at the new taskforce charged with setting up a charities regulator there.

Locke has moved to the Australian capital Canberra to support the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Implementation Taskforce.

Locke has been at the Charity Commission since April 2002, working his way up from in-house lawyer to deputy head of legal compliance, then head of charity services and finally, in 2007, executive director of charity services.

He plans to leave the English and Welsh regulator at the end of the current financial year as part of the restructure instigated by chief executive Sam Younger to cope with budget cuts of 30 per cent.

The Commission’s new senior management structure came into effect at the start of October, with an 11-strong team reporting directly to chief executive Sam Younger.  The team is as follows:

  • Head of first contact - Neville Brownlee
  • Head of operations (London) - Beryl Hobson
  • Head of operations (Liverpool) - Lynn Killoran
  • Head of operations (Wales) - Harry Iles
  • Head of operations (Taunton) - Neil Robertson
  • Head of investigations and enforcement - Michelle Russell
  • Head of registration - Alison Wells
  • Head of information and communications - Sarah Atkinson
  • Head of policy - Jane Hobson
  • Head of legal - Kenneth Dibble
  • Head of business services - Nick Allaway

The structure within each division is still being finalised.

Australia and New Zealand

The Australian government will provide $53.6m over four years to establish a one-stop-shop for the support and regulation of the nation’s voluntary sector. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission will commence operations from 1 July next year.

Australia’s move comes several years behind New Zealand, which created its Charities Commission on 1 July 2005.


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