Charity Commission hires Director of External Affairs

Jonathan Stock started in his new role as Deputy Director, External Affairs, at the Charity Commission this week. He reports to Paul Latham, director of communications and policy at the regulator.

Previously, Stock had spent just over a year at the City of London Corporation. He was previously responsible for Marketing and Events in Portland.

He now leads the regulator’s media, political and stakeholder work. This is a “key leadership role” in which Stock will help strengthen the “broader visibility and reputation of the Charity Commission as an effective and proactive regulator”, according to his job description.

Among other things, he should proactively shape and direct media coverage “on often controversial and complex issues”.

Stimulating role

Stock is also expected to find new ways for the regulator to use “its ‘voice’ more actively and more frequently”, as well as “ensure a strategic approach to engage with parliament”.

He said: “I am delighted to have joined the Charity Commission and look forward to working with Paul [Latham] and the team to promote and defend the work of the Commission to our external audiences.

‘It is essential that the Commission speaks with a clear voice and instills confidence – among the public we ultimately serve, but also among the charities we regulate, our partners and the governments and parliaments of England and the United Kingdom. Wales, and I am delighted to be working with the team to tackle this challenge, implementing the Commission’s ambitious strategy. “

CV in brief

Stock has nearly a decade of communications experience. He started as a public affairs consultant at MHP Communications before moving to Dods Training as a project manager in 2013.

Eighteen months later, he left to become director of events and visits for the Conservative Party. In July 2016, he was appointed Special Advisor to Downing Street, responsible for public and media engagement.

Stock left government communications to relocate to Portland in September 2018. He left the agency last year for the inside job at the City of London Corporation.

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Shirlene J. Manley