Yorkshire Housing chair appointed to board of Charity Commission

Will Lifford, chair of Yorkshire Housing since May 2015, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Charity Commission.
Will Lifford has been Yorkshire Housing’s chair since May 2015. Credit: Pixabay

The chair of the Yorkshire housing association Yorkshire Housing has joined the board of the Charity Commission.

Will Lifford has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Charity Commission, the non-ministerial government department that regulates registered charities in England and Wales.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced Lifford’s appointment last week after he began his three-year term on the regulator’s board on 18 January.

Lifford replaces Mike Ashley on the board, whose term of office ended in November 2020.

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.”

Lifford has chaired the board of Yorkshire Housing, which manages 18,000 homes across Yorkshire, since May 2015.

A chartered accountant, Lifford served for 25 years as a partner at Grant Thornton before retiring in 2007 as UK senior audit partner.

Lifford has held several non-executive positions in the charitable and public sector since 2007. These include chair of Martin House Children’s Hospice, board member of the Agriculture & Horiculture Development Board, and Entrust, regulator of the Landfill Community Fund.

Currently, Lifford is also a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, chairing its audit and risk assurance committee.

Welcoming Lifford’s appointment, Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE, 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.

Yorkshire Housing manages over 18,000 affordable and social rent homes across 20 local authorities, and is a member of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership.

This month the housing association appointed four new non-executive directors to its board in order to strengthen its governance, including staff at Livv Housing Group and L&Q.

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