New Charity Commission Chair confirmed

The DCMS Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, has just approved the appointment of Baroness Tina Stowell as the Charity Commission’s new Chair.  As a former executive for the Conservative party, Cabinet Minister and a former leader of the House of Lords, concerns had been raised about her ability to look and be independent of government and political influence. She has said she will resign the Conservative whip and her party membership.  The appointment was made in spite of the DCMS Select Committee, which held a non-binding vetting session and wrote afterwards to the Minister that it was the committee's “unanimous” decision that it could not support Baroness Stowell’s appointment.