Barlow Robbins Annual Charity Forum 2017

07 June 2017

Over 100 of our clients and professional colleagues joined us at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, on Monday 8 May for our Annual Charity Forum.

Our guest speakers were Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, and David Holdsworth, the Commission’s Chief Operating Officer.

Paula spoke about the Commission’s revised regulatory approach, originally announced at the Commission’s Annual Meeting in January. She confirmed that while the Commission will remain a risk-based regulator, ready to take firm action where misconduct or mismanagement are found, it wishes to place a greater emphasis on enabling charities and trustees to comply with their legal duties and carry out their work more effectively and efficiently.

This led neatly into David’s talk, where he explained how the Commission’s digital services are being upgraded, to allow guidance and information to be more directly targeted to charities for whom it is relevant. Their proposed Charity Services Portal will provide a “one-stop shop” for charities, where their applications can be tracked, tailored guidance found and emails and alerts requested.

Our own team closed formal proceedings with a whistle-stop tour of recent legal developments on Data Protection and contentious legacy issues and some lessons to be learned from recent Charity Commission Inquiries.

A lively Q&A session followed and many delegates also took the opportunity for a personal conversation with Paula or David.

If you weren’t able to join us you can download a copy of the seminar slides via the button below.


We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 forum: details will emerge in due course.

By Gordon Reid

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