13 Sep 2016
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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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.
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.
#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.
Andrew Purkis takes a case study of a charity which influenced policy, and asks why the government has introduced a clause banning other charities from following in its footsteps.
New regulatory guidance for charities considering involvement in the EU referendum campaign has sparked widespread criticism by sector leaders today over its “negative and prescriptive approach”.
"Extensive research" by the Institute of Economic Affairs has been used as the evidence base for the government’s anti-advocacy clampdown on charities, but Andrew Purkis finds only a Tea Party-style polemic.