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Charity Commission should ‘avoid the temptation to look tough’ when it starts disqualifying trustees

24 Aug 2016 | Kirsty Weakley

Other infrastructure bodies have joined NCVO in raising concerns about how the Charity Commission might disqualify people from being trustees, in their responses to the regulator's consultation on the power.

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Charity Commission should ‘avoid the temptation to look tough’ when it starts disqualifying trustees

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Jonathan Burchfield, partner, Stone King and interim manager Cup Trust

The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager, and opened a statutory inquiry into the Cup Trust.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman, Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust has appointed US-style development board, whose members have each donated at least £30,000.

Moira Protani, partner at Wilsons

The Charity Commission should have used its regulatory powers to remove the corporate trustee from the Cup Trust and replace it with trustees who live in England or Wales, according to a leading charity lawyer.


Tom Henderson, founder and former CEO of Shelterbox and trustee of Shelter for Humanity

The founder of Shelterbox disaster relief charity, who was last year dismissed as its CEO amid claims of conflicts of interest, has launched a new disaster relief charity.

They need to look outside their own organisation and look at others who are doing similar work to see if they are doing it better or more efficiently. If they are, that doesn't mean they should immediately close or seek to merge but it does mean that something needs to change.

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Margaret Hodge MP, chair of Public Accounts Committee

The Charity Commission has refused to disclose any of its correspondence with the Cup Trust, prompting Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge MP to question once again its adequacy as the sector’s regulator.


PCC rules against RSPCA’s Telegraph complaint

The Press Complaints Commission has ruled against the RSPCA’s complaint about the Daily Telegraph’s coverage of its handling of the Heythorp Hunt case.

Liam Burns, NUS president

National Union of Students president Liam Burns has defended the appointment and salary of CEO-designate Ben Kernighan, and demanded an apology from trustee Edd Bauer for condemning the NUS leadership as “pale, stale and male”.


Ed Bauer, trustee of the National Union of Students

A trustee of the National Union of Students has condemned the organisation’s decision to appoint Ben Kernighan as chief executive, claiming he lacks relevant campaigning experience and will be paid too much.



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