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William Shawcross named as preferred candidate for Charity Commission chair

The writer and broadcaster William Shawcross has been named as the preferred candidate to be the next chair of the Charity Commission, the Cabinet Office has announced.

He will attend a pre-appointment hearing before the Public Administration Select Committee on 5 September, at which MPs will consider his suitability for the role.

Shawcross is a former journalist and war correspondent with The Sunday Times, and has been on the board of several international charities. A statement from the Cabinet Office said Shawcross had "broad experience" in the charity sector.

He was chair of Article 19, a pressure group that defends free expression, between 1986 and 1996, a board member of the anti-conflict NGO the International Crisis Group between 1995 and 2005. Between 1997 and 2005 he was on the council of the Disasters Emergency Committee, the coalition of large aid organisations that responds to major humanitarian disasters.

His website says that he has been chair of Response, a charity that helps refugees and others who have suffered for their political opinions, since 1978.

If appointed, Shawcross would serve as chair for an initial three years, working two days a week on a salary of £50,000 a year. Dame Suzi Leather, the previous chair, was employed for three days a week and was paid £81,000 in 2010.

A statement from the Cabinet Office said the government would take into account the views of the select committee before making a final decision on his appointment.

The selection panel was chaired by Mark Addison, representing the Commissioner for Public Appointments, along with Lynne Berry, a trustee of the Canal and River Trust, Sue Gray, head of propriety and ethics at the Cabinet Office, and the cross-bench peer Lord Bew.

This article was taken from www.thirdsector.co.uk – http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Governance/article/1147611