7 Mar 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 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.
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.
Andrew Purkis questions whether the Labour Party should define itself as a campaigning organisation, or whether it should leave that to charities.
Rob Wilson, the minister for civil society, has given clear backing to charities’ right to campaign in a letter sent last week.
Andrew Purkis demonstrates how a rich history of charitable campaigning has shaped society.