UK charity sector leaders have criticised the new Charity Commission Board after only one charity representative was included in the six new positions.

Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change, Deborah Allcock Tyler said the Board is not representative of the majority of the sector; “Where is the small charity person on the new Charity Commission board? 150,000 of the 160,000 charities in the UK have a turnover of less than £10,000. The vast majority of work in charities is done by volunteers. Not one of them is represented on this new board.”

Allcock Tyler called for the responsibility for appointing the Commission board to be removed from the Government. “It should be an independent panel” she said. “Or maybe even a voting process as this is such an important part of the charity sector.”

In response, a Charity Commission spokesperson said; “Our new board members were selected from a very strong field of almost 300 applicants, and we are confident they will bring a rich mix of insights and expertise to the Commission from inside and outside the charity sector. As well as notable achievements in their own fields they all have strong non-executive experience, including many charity trusteeships.”

Source: Civil Society