Debra Allcock Tyler
Debra Allcock Tyler has been chief executive of the Directory of Social Change since 2001. Her start in the charity sector began with the Industrial Society now known as the Work Foundation.
She chairs the Small Charities Coalition and is a member of the Charity Commission’s Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) committee.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and a special ambassador for Girlguiding UK.
Allcock Tyler is also on the board of MedicAlert, and a member of Liberty. She has been a licensed practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming.
She is also the author of It’s Tough at the Top: the No-Fibbing Guide to Leadership, and more recent The Pleasure & Pain: The No- Fibbing Guide to Working with People. She is as well-known in the sector for her feisty approach as for her commitment to protecting charities’ independence and reputation.
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St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the largest charities in the UK, has been told by commissioners that calling itself a social enterprise will help it win contracts.
Two charity sector leaders have taken to Twitter to complain that the new Charity Commission board only includes one person from the sector, with Debra Allcock Tyler calling for responsibility of appointing the board to be removed from a government minister.
Recommendations by Lord Hodgson to brand small charities as 'small' on the Charity Commission register and unregistered charities as 'unregistered' on all correspondence, fundraising material and cheques have been criticised by a number of charity umbrella groups.
As the Prime Minister watches the Olympic Opening Ceremony this evening, the last thing on his mind will be the refund of £425m of lottery money taken out of the charity pot to fund the Games, says Niki May Young.
The key question is who will pay for this? Most smaller charities have no budget at all for governance.
Lord Hodgson has sought to reassure readers of civilsociety.co.uk that his Charities Act review proposals regarding small charities will not be the disaster that many in the small charities sector fear.
Small charities could lose out, and a two-tier system of charities could be created, if the recommendations in Lord Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act are enacted, according to sector leaders.
The importance of the ethos of the voluntary sector, and the perceived excessive regulation of charities, were some of the points discussed at a debate last night on the payment of trustees.
Attendees at the Charity Commission’s public meeting yesterday debated the merits of formal training for charity trustees.