The Charity Commission has appointed Paul Latham as director of communications and policy.
He will join the charity from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in March and takes over from Sarah Atkinson, who has left the Commission to become chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation.
Latham has been director of communications and strategy at the CMA, a non-ministerial government department that is responsible for making sure that companies do not break competition laws, since 2014.
He was previously director of communications at the Office for Fair Trading and has held senior communications roles at the CBI business group and the Strategic Rail Authority. He does not appear to hold, or have previously held, any formal roles at a charity and the Commission said it had no further details on his background.
Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: “Paul was the outstanding candidate, able to demonstrate extensive experience of strategic communications and public service leadership as well as sharp insight into the crucial role effective communications and smart policy play in regulating a diverse – and largely voluntary – charity sector. I am confident that Paul will help us deliver on our ambitious strategy, aimed at maximising the benefit charities bring to society.”
Latham said: “The charitable sector has never been more vital to our society, and its ability to thrive depends not least on effective regulation in the public interest. Strong, independent regulators ensure that wrongdoing is challenged, but moreover that good people and good ideas can flourish. The Charity Commission is a prime example of that.
“In this context, impactful, strategic communications and a clear policy framework are essential, including in ensuring charity trustees can access the information they need to get things right. So I’m excited to be joining the Commission’s leadership team at this time.”