Ex-CARE comms head to join Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has ended its hunt for a communications


Antony Robbins, previously head of communications at world development

charity CARE International, will join the commission as its PR chief on

3 September.

He replaces Paul Fredericks who was promoted earlier this year to head a

new investigations unit (PRWeek, 4 May). This was set up after an

internal review, which recommended a strengthening of its investigative


The commission, which oversees charities in England and Wales, has three

unctions: to promote the concept of charity, to investigate groups and

manage the 185,000 strong register of charities.

Robbins will head a ten-strong team and report to director of operations

Simon Gillespie.

Reporting to Robbins will be press manager Francesca Oates and PR

manager Sush Amar.

Robbins has also worked in the information and communication departments

the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office.

He said: 'Having worked in both government and the voluntary sector, I

am aware of the challenges ahead.'

The commission has this year taken a get-tough approach to bad practice

in charities. It has begun to publish the names of charities with

incomes exceeding £100,000 that flout UK law by not sending the

commission their annual returns.

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