Tania Mason

Tania Mason

Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.

She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.

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Tim Loughton MP

Kids Company chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh was the Conservatives’ “Big Society poster girl” and ministers were powerless to prevent her getting public funding, former children’s minister Tim Loughton told MPs today.

John Low

Charities Aid Foundation has agreed to provide bridging finance to help set up the new Fundraising Regulator and will open an account to hold in trust any contributions for its establishment from fundraising charities.

BOND panel debate, L-R: Sorcha O'Callaghan, British Red Cross; Sami Ramadani, Stop the War Coalition; Harriet Lamb, International Alert; Lily Caprani, Unicef UK; Leigh Daynes, Doctors of the World

The international aid community has been “castrated” by the refugee incursion at Calais, the executive director of Doctors of the World told the AGM of Bond, the infrastructure body for NGOs, this week.

Ros Oakley is executive director of the Association of Chairs

Charity chairs must take responsibility for ensuring the chair/chief executive relationship is a productive one, according to a new guide just published by the Association of Chairs.

A giant of the charity sector, but an even greater friend. I am truly devastated that Dave is no longer with us.

» Former Citizens Advice chief David Harker dies

Richard Hawkes: 'It’s absolutely right that we pay fundraisers, but we have to get the practice right'

Richard Hawkes caused quite a stir when he left Scope in May after five and a half years. A few months later and he is back in the saddle in a newly-created role of chief executive at the British Asian Trust.

Margaret Casely-Hayford, chair of ActionAid UK

Every large charity should have someone on the staff who is responsible for governance, the chair of ActionAid UK said this week.

Philip Kirkpatrick Credit: NCVO Rebecca Fennell

"Effective challenge" is the most important ingredient that trustees can bring to their role, and charities should invest in making sure their board members can provide this, charity lawyer Philip Kirkpatrick said yesterday.

Overall winner 2015 Lumos, with minister for civil society Rob Wilson and John Low, chief executive of overall Charity Awards partner

Today our group editor Tania Mason appeared on You and Yours on Radio 4, debating the value of charity awards ceremonies with Dame Hilary Blume. In this blog Tania expands on her arguments; we invite Dame Hilary - and readers - to respond.

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