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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RSPB doesn't do conservation? That's just ill-informed drivel

The minister for civil society has made some welcome statements on charity campaigning, says Andrew Purkis, but his comments about the RSPCA and RSPB are badly judged.

Commission attitude to campaigning ‘sullies UK reputation’ round the world, says former board member

The Charity Commission and the Conservative government have “sullied the UK’s reputation for exemplary regulation of civil society” by limiting charities’ right to campaign, a former Commission board member has said.

If you want to restrict charity leaders' campaigning, remember one of them is the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Charity Commission has said charity leaders must avoid the appearance of being party political. If so, it will have to try to silence the archbishops, says Andrew Purkis.

The Charity Commission may need to review charities’ social media use, but it shouldn’t review CC9

Umbrella bodies expressed concern last year after the Charity Commission indicated it would review its campaigning guidance, CC9. Andrew Purkis says some in the sector have supported a ‘compromise’ review focused on social media, but this would be the wrong decision.

A question for new ministers: is the Compact dead?

Decisions taken before the election suggest the government has little regard for the Compact, says Andrew Purkis. He asks if the agreement between the government and the sector can be saved.

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