Charity Commission annual meeting

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is inviting charities, their trustees and charity advisers to attend its annual public meeting on Thursday 26 September in London.

This will be the first annual public meeting chaired by William Shawcross, Chair of the Charity Commission, and attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the Charity Commission’s new board members.

Dominic Fox, Chief Executive of Association of Charity Officers, and Francesca Quint of Councel, Radcliffe Chambers will be joining Kenneth Dibble, Chief Legal Adviser at the Charity Commission, on the panel to discuss the topic: ‘Charity Tribunal: essential forum or last resort?’.

This reflects recent comments from the Charity Commission describing the Tribunal as “part of the architecture, specifically designed to clarify difficult areas of the law”, whilst the Public Administration Select Committee said that the Tribunal should not be used “as a means of determining the law, except as a last resort”. Other panellists will be confirmed.

Sam Younger, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, will also provide an overview of the Commission’s work from the last year along with an opportunity to ask questions.

The annual public meeting will be held at Church House in Westminster on Thursday 26 September from 4pm to 6pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

To book a seat, email publicmeetings@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.