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Charity Commission changes senior management structure

16 Mar 2020 News

The Charity Commission is changing its senior management structure and is looking for a new chief operating officer.

After the departure of some of its directors last year, the Commission decided to make changes to the structure of the organisation.

It is recruiting for a chief operating officer (COO), which will be an organisational rather than a regulatory role. The post-holder will be responsible for key corporate functions, including HR, finance, governance, risk and assurance. 

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Commission, said: “We’re recruiting a chief operating officer to help us drive forward and accelerate the pace of our operational improvements and support us in becoming a stronger organisation.

“We want those who need our services to get the best from us because we rely on trustees and the public to help ensure charity can thrive and improve lives.”

The COO job is advertised at £105,000, and will be based in Liverpool, the Commission’s main office.

A Commission spokeswoman said: “The Charity Commission is changing so that charity can deliver greater benefit to society. Like any organisation, we need to be open to continual change that ensures our systems and structures keep pace with, and serve, our purpose and strategic objectives.

“Improving our senior management structure is part of that, and is aimed at ensuring we are as efficient and accountable as possible as we continue to deliver on our strategy and ambitious business plan.”

David Holdsworth had held the dual roles of COO and deputy chief executive until he left the Commission in June 2019.

He was not directly replaced but Helen Earner joined the Commission that autumn as director of operations, and her remit will be extended to include all regulatory services.

The regulator said recruitment of a COO does not represent an increase in the number of directors at the Commission.

The Commission has appointed Paul Latham as its new director of communications and policy.


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