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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Sarah Wollaston

The Conservative chair of the Commons Health Select Committee has warned the government that its plans for anti-advocacy clauses in charitable grants could have “serious consequences” for public health.

A trustee's response to being called 'wilfully blind or incompetent'

Andrew Purkis responds to the PACAC accusation that trustees were "wilfully blind or incompetent" and gives five reasons why they failed to exercise oversight more effectively.

The Labour Party should stop trying to behave like a charity

Andrew Purkis questions whether the Labour Party should define itself as a campaigning organisation, or whether it should leave that to charities.

Andrew Purkis

Andrew Purkis examines a future funding model for the Charity Commission.

Minister for civil society backs campaigning as 'legitimate and valuable activity'

Rob Wilson, the minister for civil society, has given clear backing to charities’ right to campaign in a letter sent last week.

Tackling the arguments against charity campaigning

There are a few serious arguments against charity campaigning, says Andrew Purkis. We need to nail our responses to them.

Reclaiming our shared history of charitable campaigning

Andrew Purkis demonstrates how a rich history of charitable campaigning has shaped society.

Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke, chief executive, explains why campaigning to protect the common good has always been at the heart of the RSPB’s activities.

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