Who can run a charity?

Changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules which affect who can run a charity, and particularly people with criminal records, will come into force on 1st August 2018. Find out more

Clinks is working with Unlock to help people involved in charities to work out if they’re affected and what to do if they are, and support organisations to update their recruitment processes to reflect the changes to the rules. The current rules only apply to trustees. People with unspent convictions for certain offences, including dishonesty and deception offences, need to be granted a waiver from the Charity Commission before they can be a trustee. 

From 1st August more offences will be covered, including people on the sex offenders register; and more roles will be covered, including senior manager positions such as chief executives and chief finance officers.

CVS South Gloucestershire's Good Governance service is available to help local organisations to navigate these changes successfully. 


If the new automatic disqualification rules affect you, from today (1 February 2018) you can apply for a waiver from the Charity Commission

The law changes on 1 August 2018. But you can apply for a waiver before then to take up or remain in a trustee or restricted senior manager position.

The new rules add to current regulations that cover automatic disqualification for trustees.

An online form is available if you need to apply for a waiver for a charity trustee or restricted senior manager position.