CCLA is hosting a dinner for charity chairs where the discussion will focus on ‘Maintaining independence-dilemmas for Chairs and boards’. The guest speaker is Andrew Purkis OBE. Andrew has chaired four charities: The Green Alliance, Living Streets, The Empty Homes Agency and ActionAid and is currently deputy chair of the university’s ombudsman’s scheme. He is also a trustee of ActionAid International and ActionAid UK. His previous roles include Assistant Director of NCVO, National Director of CPRE, Secretary of Public Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Chief Executive of the Tropical Health and Education Trust. He was a board member of the Charity Commission from 2006 – 2010.