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Charity Commission appoints Nick Baker as chief operating officer

27 May 2020 News

Nick Baker, incoming chief operating officer at the Charity Commission.

Nick Baker has been appointed as the Charity Commission's new chief operating officer (COO), and is expected to join in August.

Baker will join the Commission from Staffordshire Police Force, where he is deputy chief constable.

He has held the role since 2014, and has been responsible for overseeing people services, technology, corporate services, business services, legal functions, corporate communications, professional standards and force transformation, amongst other functions. 

Baker has was temporary chief constable of the force between November 2019 and March 2020.

New post 

The COO is a new post at the Commission, which will lead key corporate functions, including HR, finance, governance, risk and assurance, and will be based in Liverpool, the Commission’s main office. The post was advertised at £105,000.

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Commission, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Nick to my senior team. His experience of both policing in the public interest and leading the support functions of the Force stand him in good stead to lead this new function at the Commission. 

“Nick’s impressive technical knowledge and skills will equip us well to move forward confidently in delivering on our strategy. His commitment to helping ensure those who need our services get the best from us stood out, and I am confident Nick will support us in becoming a stronger organisation that can really maximise the benefit of charities to society.”

Baker said: “Charity relies on good people coming together to make a difference and improve peoples’ lives. I am excited to support this by helping underpin the Commission’s work in the public interest. The Commission has a very clear vision - I am looking forward to working with my new teams and helping to put its ambitious plans into action.”

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