Labour peer Toby Harris, Lord Harris of Haringey, will be the next chair of the Fundraising Regulator, the body announced today.
Harris will take up the role on 1 January 2019 when Lord Grade’s term comes to an end.
He has been a life peer since 1998 and has worked across national, regional and local organisations over three decades.
At the moment he is chair of National Trading Standards and chair of the Independent Reference Group at the National Crime Agency.
Between 2009 and 2014 he chaired Freedom Charity, which educates young people about forced marriage.
In 2016, he led an independent review into London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident.
In Parliament, Lord Harris has served as the chairman to the Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy (2013) and currently serves as a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.
The Fundraising Regulator said he had been appointed after an “exhaustive, competitive and public process” and that two independent panel members, Baroness Pitkeathley and Lord Leigh of Hurley, assisted the process.
He will be paid £500 a day for the role.
Margaret Moore, vice chair of the board of Fundraising Regulator said: “I am delighted to welcome Lord Harris as our new chair. His rich and varied experience in the public sector, and as chair of a wide range of organisations, convinced the appointment panel of his eminent suitability for the role.
“It is with huge gratitude that we say farewell to Lord Grade. On behalf of everyone at the Fundraising Regulator, I would like to thank him for his outstanding leadership in the creation and establishment of the regulator as an essential part of the charitable fundraising landscape.”
Lord Harris of Haringey said: “I am excited to have been appointed chair of the Fundraising Regulator. I very much admire the vital work the team at the regulator have tirelessly been carrying out over the past few years and am looking forward to supporting the board and its staff in ensuring that fundraising is carried out transparently and ethically.”
Lord Grade, outgoing chair, said: “My time at the Fundraising Regulator has been immensely enjoyable. I am proud to have been with the regulator since it was set up and to have been involved in landmark moments such as the launch of the much-needed Fundraising Preference Service.”