William Shawcross speech: Voluntary Action Leeds AGM

Charity Commission Chairman William Shawcross speaks on the importance of the relationship between the commission and local charities.

January, 2014

William Shawcross - CFG/ NPC Impact Leadership conference
Public trust and confidence in charities

January, 2014

William Shawcross - Rathbones Charity Symposium

William Shawcross - The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme

Revolutionising Philanthropy – the Role of the Regulator

Mansion House

13 November, 2013

William Shawcross - Charity 2000 event

March, 2013

William Shawcross - Charity Law Association Conference. Keynote address

October, 2013

William Shawcross - Churches’ Legislation Advisory Service

William Shawcross - speech at National Federation of Women’s Institutes Annual General Meeting

June, 2013

William Shawcross -ACEVO speech

Published July, 2013


William Shawcross: ‘Islamist abuse could be catastrophic for charities . . . we must be vigilant’
The Times, August 2015

"The biggest danger to charities is extremism'
The Sunday Times, April 20, 2014

Charity Commission suffers tirade of abuse in Commons debate on religion

Nick Hurd was forced to defend the Charity Commission yesterday following a barrage of criticism from MPs in relation to its handling of religious organisations in the registration process.
Civil Society, November 14, 2012

Christian MPs accuse Charity Commission of having “secularising agenda”

Nick Hurd, the Government minister for civil society, fended off a barrage of criticism this week over the Charity Commission’s decision not to grant charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren.

In a debate in Westminster Hall about the use of the public benefit test for religious charity registrations. Christian MPs lined up to express their anger at the Charity Commission. Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, called for an inquiry into the Commission’s decision and said it “puts the tax status of hundreds of charities in doubt”.
Secular News Daily, November 16, 2012


Interview: William Shawcross

The Charity Commission's new chair talks to Stephen Cook about why he took the job, his concerns about the increasing dependence of charities on government and his view of the regulator's role.

William Shawcross declares himself pleased and surprised at being the new chair of the Charity Commission. "As a writer, I’ve spent all my life on the outside looking in," he says. "And I thought it would be nice to do something from the inside and be involved in an important organisation.
Third Sector Online, 5 November 2012


PASC pre-appointment hearing September 2012 - transcript (PDF)

PAC hearing March 2013 - transcript (PDF)


House of Commons oral evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee

Appointment of the Chair of the Charity Commission

Evidence heard in Public
Questions 124 - 193

Letters - Sunday Times, November 2012


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