Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
Conservative Lord (Robin) Hodgson of Astley Abbotts is the NCVO president since 2007 and chair of the Armed Forces Charities Advisory Committee since 2008.
In August 2010 he was also appointed as chair of the de-regulation task-force by the coalition government and submitted a report recommending how to make it easier to run a charity. At the end of 2011 he was appointed by the government to lead its review of the Charities Act 2006.
Lord Hodgson was a member of the Council for Securities Industry from 1980-85, a founder director the Securities and Investment Board from 1985-89, sat on the West Midlands Industrial Development Board 1989-97 and was a director of the Securities and Futures Authority 1993-2001.
He was made a Life Peer (Conservative) in 2000, and as shadow spokesman on Trade and Industry and Home Affairs from 2002 until 2006, led in particular on the Companies Act 2006 and Charities Act 2006.
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The prospect of a single charity registration process for both HMRC and the Charity Commission is not far off, Charities Act reviewer Lord Hodgson hinted to a conference audience yesterday.
Lord Hodgson said that he still receives regular feedback from a public frustrated about both the charitable sector’s fundraising practices and the lack of an outlet to express its dissatisfaction.
Rosie Chapman ponders how the charity brand can protect itself in the melee of competition for service delivery contracts.
Reminds me of a speaker at a charity fundraising conference a decade ago who said 'I think some charities should be allowed to shrivel up and die'.
The government has rejected Lord Hodgson’s recommendation to allow large charities to pay their trustees without authorisation from the Charity Commission.
Nick Brooks, chairman of the ICAEW charity and voluntary sector group, has disagreed with Lord Hodgson’s view that the Charity Commission should be “a regulator not a friend” to the charity sector.
Lord Hodgson, chair of the Civil Society Red Tape Task Force, has said that government is making good progress on cutting red tape for the charity sector, but more must be done on volunteer liability and commissioning.
Amendments to the Financial Services Bill that support social investment have been passed in the House of Lords.