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
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
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.