William Shawcross

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In July 2012, William Shawcross was appointed Chair of the Charity Commission, and is a widely renowned writer and broadcaster. His articles have appeared in the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Washington Post and the Sydney Morning Herald. His books include Dubcek (1970), Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia (1979), The Shah’s Last Ride (1989) and Deliver Us From Evil: Warlords and Peacekeepers in a World of Endless Conflict (2001). In 1995 he wrote and presented the three-part BBC television series Monarchy and in 2002, to tie-in with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he again wrote and presented a landmark four-part BBC television series, Queen and Country, a revealing and intimate portrait of the Queen, and an absorbing study of the changing face of monarchy and of Britain during the past half-century. He lives in London and Cornwall.

'Shawcross stands as the foremost journalist of his generation.'
Irish Times

'...Shawcross holds a mirror up to ourselves as we respond ineffectively to the world's horrors.'
Glasgow Herald

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William Shawcross appointed Chair of the Charity Commission

In July 2012 William Shawcross was named by the British government as its preferred candidate to be the new Chair of the Charity Commission. Following a hearing before the Public Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons, he was confirmed in the position.

He took up the post on 1 October 2012.

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