Chair, Charity Commission from October
William Shawcross was named as the Cabinet Office’s preferred candidate to become the next Charity Commission chairman in August 2012. The Public Affairs Select Committee confirmed his appointment on 7 September and he will take up the role in October.
He is chairman of refugee charity Response and former chair of freedom of expression charity group Article 19 as well as having sat on the board of the International Crisis Group. He was also an adviser to the High Commissioner for Refugees between 1995 and 2000, and a member of council of the Disasters Emergency Committee from 1997 - 2000.
His journalism career spans five decades and he remains a contibutor in the national and international media. He has written for the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Washington Post, the Sydney Morning Herald and Newsweek among other well-known publications throughout the years.
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