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Committee rejects choice for Charity Commission chair over ‘slapdash’ process

MPs have rejected the government’s preferred candidate to be the next Charity Commission chair over a “slapdash and unimaginative approach” to the recruitment process.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said that although they had no concerns about Orlando Fraser as a person, they could not formally endorse him because of concerns about the appointments process.

The report, Another pre-appointment hearing for Chair of the Charity Commission, says: “Regarding this candidate, we recognise that Orlando Fraser has qualifications and experience that could make him suitable for this role. During the hearing he responded reasonably well to our concerns about his ability to remain independent and demonstrated his respect for the charity sector. We have no grounds for concern about Mr Fraser as an individual.”

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