Sam Younger

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James Samuel Younger CBE is the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales (since September 2010) and was formerly the founding chairman of the United Kingdom Electoral Commission.[1]

He was previously managing director of the BBC World Service from 1994 to 1998,[2] and chief executive of the British Red Cross from 1999 to 2001. He is also chair of the governing body of the University of Sussex and chairman of the Board of QAA.

Younger is the son of Kenneth Younger, a Labour Minister under Clement Attlee.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[3]


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Government offices
Preceded by
New position
Chair of the Electoral Commission
Succeeded by
Jenny Watson
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Chief Executive of the British Red Cross
1999 – 2001
Succeeded by
Sir Nick Young