Sam Younger to be new Charity Commission Chief Executive

(Immediate Release - 19 May 2010)


Sam Younger CBE has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. He will take up the appointment from 1 September 2010.

Mr Younger’s previous roles include founding Chair of the Electoral Commission, Director General of the British Red Cross, and Managing Director of the BBC World Service. After leaving the Electoral Commission he was interim Chief Executive of the housing charity, Shelter, during 2009 and this year is undertaking interim assignments with the educational charity Bell Educational Trust and with the Electoral Reform Society.

Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, said;

"I am delighted to announce Sam’s appointment and very much look forward to working with him.


"Sam has an impressive track record of effective leadership in regulation, in public policy and in charity. His career demonstrates his deep commitment both to the voluntary sector and to public service. At a time of challenge for the Commission, he brings considerable experience of managing change while remaining focused on delivery. His experience of regulation and his political acumen are very significant strengths.


"Sam will succeed Andrew Hind, under whose wise and committed leadership the Commission has become more agile, more relevant and above all more effective. The Board and I are deeply grateful to Andrew for all that he has achieved at the Commission."

Sam Younger, Chief Executive designate of the Charity Commission, said

"I am excited to be joining the Commission at an undoubtedly challenging time, but also a stimulating one which creates opportunities as well as pressures for charities and for the Commission itself. Some of my previous roles have given me an affinity with the voluntary sector. I look forward to building on that connection and on my experience of regulation as I work with Suzi and the rest of the team to strengthen further the Commission's vital contribution to public confidence in charities."


For more information please contact the Charity Commission press office.

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Notes to editors

1. Sam Younger CBE – brief biographical details

Sam Younger is currently interim chief executive of the Bell Educational Trust, an educational charity providing English-language teaching both in the UK and overseas. He is also working in an interim capacity with the Electoral Reform Society. He is currently an independent member of the Greater London Authority Standards Committee, a non-executive director of the Moat Housing Association, and director of Electoral Reform International Services. Previous non-executive roles include Chair of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Chair of Council at the University of Sussex.


Previous career history:

  • Interim chief executive of Shelter (2009)
  • Chair of the Electoral Commission (2001-2008)
  • Director general, British Red Cross (1999-2001)
  • Managing director, BBC World Service (1994-1998)
  • Various roles at the BBC World Service (1978-1994)
  • Assistant editor, Middle East International magazine (1972-78)

Sam Younger was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2009. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and holds a number of honorary and advisory roles in academia.

2. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. See for further information.

3. Our mission is: to ensure charities’ legal compliance, enhance charities’ accountability, encourage charities’ effectiveness and impact and to promote the public interest in charity.

4. Sam Younger has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Charity Commission on a three year contract from 1 September 2010, on a salary of £130,000 pa.

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