Charity Commission appoints new chief executive

Paula Sussex joins the commission from CGI, a multinational IT consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and solutions company, where she is Senior Vice President, Public Sector and a UK board member.

Matt Moorut | 22nd Apr 14

The Charity Commission has announced the appointment of Paula Sussex as its new chief executive, on a three year contract from 30th June, 2014. She will replace Sam Younger who has held the role for the last four years.

Sussex is currently Senior Vice President, Public Sector at CGI, a multinational IT consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, and solutions company where she is also a UK board member.

Previously, she held similar strategy and leadership roles at Atos Consulting and KPMG Consulting, working with clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She is qualified as a barrister and holds a Sloan Masters Degree from London Business School. She has a longstanding association with Crisis, the charity for single homeless people, where she was a trustee for six years.

Commenting on her appointment to the independent regulator, Paula Sussex said:

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Charity Commission, which has a key role in maintaining public trust and confidence in charity through effective regulation. I believe firmly in the vital role of charities in our society and their power to do good, and I want to play my part by building the Commission into a proactive, efficient regulator of charity.

I don’t underestimate the challenge of change but I know there are significant strengths to build on, including the expertise and commitment of the Commission staff, and the widespread support for the role and purpose of the independent charity regulator.”

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, commented:

“I am delighted to announce Paula’s appointment and so looking forward to working with her.

Paula has an impressive track record of managing change and delivering results in the public sector and this is exactly what the Charity Commission needs right now.”