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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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.

Andrew Purkis

At a time when the legitimacy of charity campaigning is being questioned in some quarters, Andrew Purkis demonstrates how a rich history of charitable political activity has helped shape the society we enjoy today.

Let's talk about dangerous charity campaigning

In light of recent suggestions that charities should not be involved in political campaigning, Andrew Purkis assesses the damage from some serial serious offenders, ranging from the Girl Guides to William Wilberforce.

Policing charities - the Shawcross way

Is the William Shawcross vision of charity regulation the correct one, asks Andrew Purkis.

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.

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