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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Payment of trustees is coming whether we like it or not, according to president of NCVO, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbott.
Lord Hodgson has told MPs that there is a generational shift in favour of paying trustees, with young people being more ready to allow the payment of charity trustees than older people.
The government is deliberately delaying the launch of its promised promotional campaign to boost payroll giving until the payroll giving agencies devise a way to get the system working better.
Lord Hodgson is expected to raise concerns about the level of campaigning by charities which get a large proportion of their income from the state at an upcoming Public Administration Select Committee meeting.
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'.
Martyn Lewis, chair of NCVO, has said that both he and NCVO believe paying trustees is the wrong direction to take, and that people should celebrate the voluntary nature of trusteeship.
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.