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.

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Governance Code steering group considers additional guidance for larger charities

A body responsible for setting good governance guidance in the charity sector is consulting on whether to produce a separate code for large charities.

Charity Tribunal rejects Jehovah’s Witnesses charities' latest appeal attempt

A Jehovah’s Witnesses charity has been refused permission to appeal a Charity Tribunal ruling that had denied it extra time to appeal against the opening of a statutory inquiry.

Education charity UCAS broke electronic marketing rules, says Information Commissioner

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service broke electronic marketing rules because its admission form made applicants feel they had to permit their information to be used for commercial purposes, an investigation has found.

Surprise legacy helps Woodland Trust to highest-ever income of £38.1m

Despite a The Woodland Trust’s income reached an all-time high of £38.1m in 2014, mostly as the result of a single unexpected legacy, according to its annual report and accounts filed this week.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

Donations dropped £400m in 2014, UK Giving research suggests

The total amount given to charity by individual donors was £10.6bn, according to research from the Charities Aid Foundation.

Ukip Calypso money goes to unnamed charity

The UK Independence Party has donated the money it received from the controversial ‘Ukip Calypso’ song to an unnamed charity.

Housing association hopes to raise £10m through bond issue

Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association expects to raise around £10m after it became the second organisation to make use of a platform to list a bond on the London Stock Exchange.


Now that Parliament has been dissolved ahead of the general election on 7 May, all charities must make sure that they are following Charity Commission campaigining guidance, and those that are registered as third-party campaigners must begin weekly reporting to the Electoral Commission.

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