Andrew Purkis

Andrew Purkis

Andrew Purkis OBE is a trustee and former chair of ActionAid and until July 2010 was a board member of the Charity Commission.  

He is a consultant in the sector who has previously been chair of the Green Alliance, Living Streets and the Empty Homes Agency, and a trustee of Contact a Family.

After completing a degree in modern history and a Doctorate of Philosophy at Oxford University, Purkis spent six years as a fast-stream civil servant in the Northern Ireland Office and then moved into the voluntary sector as head of policy and assistant director at the NCVO from 1980 until 1987.

After that he became national director of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, then secretary for public affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury; chief executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chief executive of the Tropical Health and Education Trust.

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Should philanthropy belong to the rich?

The UK charity sector should reclaim the word philanthropy, says Andrew Purkis.

Widespread payment of trustees could harm public perception of charities

Andrew Purkis warns that making it easier to pay trustees could damage the public's perception of charities.

Thermometer Credit: Menchi

Public trust in charities matters, says Andrew Purkis, but should we pay much attention to recent figures showing it is falling?

Regulation at home and abroad

The Charity Commission has come under fire in recent years for its regulatory approach. Andrew Purkis looks at the issues it faces, while Terry de March and Erin Bradrick look at the situation in Canada and the US.

 New fundraising guidance puts too much pressure on trustees

New fundraising guidance issued by the Charity Commission is helpful and sensible but puts too much pressure on trustees, says Andrew Purkis.

Shawcross embraces charitable advocacy – three years late

Andrew Purkis examines William Shawcross' statements on campaigning, and says the Commission needs to be respected by the sector if it is to police it effectively.

Changes to the public appointments process are a risk for charities

A plan to change the public appointments process spells bad news for the charity sector, says Andrew Purkis.


#CharityIs, a campaign by Charity Bank to highlight “positive ways charities touch people’s daily lives”, trended on Twitter yesterday, with charity leaders taking the chance to voice what the sector means to them.

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