The chair of Yorkshire Housing has been appointed as a board member for the Charity Commission, it has been announced.
Will Lifford, who has held a number of non-executive board positions in the charitable and wider public sector, will now put his governance expertise to use on the board of the Charity Commission.
Previous roles for Lifford include chair of Martin House Children’s Hospice (until 2017); board member of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development board (until 2020); and board member of Entrust, the regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund (until 2015).
Lifford, who is also a Chartered Accountant, served as a partner at Grant Thornton for 25 years, retiring in 2007 as UK senior audit partner.
He is also a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and chairs its audit and risk assurance committee.
Baroness Stowell, chair of the Charity Commission, said: “I am really pleased to welcome Will to the Commission. He brings more regional diversity to the Board and together with his extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of accountancy and audit, as well as his experience of strategic leadership in the voluntary sector and regulation, will make a vital contribution to the Commission as we continue to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust – all the more important during these challenging times.”
Lifford said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Charity Commission and look forward to working with the rest of the board and the executive team.
“The Commission plays a vital role in ensuring charities maximise their impact in society, and I look forward to helping ensure the Commission delivers on its ambitious strategy in the years ahead.”
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