Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

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Charity Commission board is unrepresentative and 'gravely compromised', says Acevo

Acevo, the infrastructure body for charity chief executives, has said the Charity Commission board has "never been less representative of the sector" and said that the regulator’s governance has been “gravely compromised”.

Not enough has been done to improve the Commission’s governance

Kirsty Weakley considers the implications of yesterday’s Charity Commission board announcement.

Blue Cross, Mary's Meals and Barbican start to fundraise with contactless technology

The Blue Cross, Mary’s Meals and the Barbican are the latest charities to trial the use of contactless payment technology to take donations.

Regulators outline plans to require professional advisers to report on more matters

The three UK charity regulators have opened a joint consultation on a revised list of “significant matters” that auditors and independent examiners must report.

I'm surprised they have omitted the important question of *what* religions these charities are connected with. Surely it is of fundamental interest to know if certain religions are growing or declining, and the current proportion of 'religious charities' which are connected with each of the religions represented?

» NPC: 'It's time to consider the role of religious charities'

Small Charitable Donations Bill announced in Queen’s Speech

The government has today announced its intention to introduce a Small Charitable Donations Bill to simplify the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

Badger Trust accuses RSPCA of giving in to pressure over campaigning

The Badger Trust has criticised the RSPCA for indicating it will become less political and said that it looks “like a capitulation” following pressure from the government.

Social Enterprise UK accuses government of ‘watering down’ the definition of social businesses

Peter Holbrook, the chief executive umbrella body for social enterprises, Social Enterprise UK, has criticised the Cabinet Office for not including charities and social enterprises in the scope of its review on mission-led businesses.

Orlando Fraser, image credit Alex Griffiths

Orlando Fraser, Charity Commission board member, tells Kirsty Weakley that the regulator is committed to the independence of the sector.

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