David Holdsworth, deputy chief executive of the Charity Commission, has left regulator to take up a position at the Intellectual Property Office.
He has been appointed as the deputy chief executive and director of operations at the Intellectual Property Office, which is part of the civil service on a higher band than his Commission role.
Holdsworth joined the Commission in 2015 as head of operations and was promoted to deputy chief executive in 2017. As the chief operating officer he held responsibility for most of the commission’s casework. He also led teams that register new charities, organised annual returns, and was responsible for driving efficiency in frontline services.
Prior to this, he worked in the private sector in senior executive positions and spent a decade at the Home Office in roles including deputy chief caseworker.
Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: “David has shown great dedication and commitment to his role at the Commission and has made a huge contribution in his time here, in particular to our digital transformation programme. David has been a key part of my leadership team and has been core to the significant progress the Commission has made in recent years. We are sorry to see David go, but wish him every success in his new role. Work now begins on appointing an equally brilliant successor.”
The Commission has advertised for a director of operations at a salary of between £70,000 and £80,000 to be based in its Liverpool office. The deadline is 17 May and the Commission hopes to have someone in place by September.