Fredericks leaves Charity Commission comms job

The Charity Commission (CC) is looking for a head of communications

following the promotion of Paul Fredericks.

Fredericks, who joined the CC five years ago, is set to leave the

communications division within months to head an investigations unit.

This has been set up after an internal review, which recommended a

strengthening of its investigative function.

As head of communications, Fredericks heads a ten-strong team, covering

PR and the press office. The press team is managed by Francesca Oates,

while PR is headed by Sush Amar.

Fredericks currently reports to director of operations Simon Gillespie

and works closely with the chief commissioner John Stoker.

The CC has three remits: to promote the concept of charity, to

investigate groups, and to manage a register of charities in England and


As part of a get-tough approach by the CC on bad practice, it has begun

to publish names of charities with incomes exceeding pounds 100,000 that

fail to send the CC their annual returns (something they must do by


From January to March this year, the CC carried out more than 300

investigations of charities, with 45 being found to have some form of

maladministration or malpractice.

Also, earlier this year evidence given by the CC, which is a government

department accountable to the courts, helped gain the successful

prosecution of three bogus charity workers.

The total number of charities on the CC's register was 185,231 at the

end of March this year.

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