Appointment to the Board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Date published: 01 February 2022

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has appointed Alan Hunter to the Board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) from 1 February 2022 for a term of five years.

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CCNI was established as the regulator of charities operating in Northern Ireland following the enactment of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. The main functions of CCNI are to keep a public register of charities; encourage, facilitate and monitor compliance with charity law; determine charity status; identify and investigate misconduct in charity administration and take remedial or protective action as necessary.

Notes to editors: 

1. The CCNI Board comprises a Chief Commissioner, a Deputy Chief Commissioner and five Commissioners. Commissioners receive £2,352 per annum and additionally they are separately remunerated for service on a decision making committee established by the Commission following the McBride High Court Judgment of May 2019.

2. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s (CPA NI) Code of Practice. 

3. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.

4. Biographical Details: Mr Hunter’s background is within the law sector, having been Chief Executive and Accounting Officer, in both the public and private sectors, including of the NI Judicial Appointments Commission and the Law Society. Through these positions he has valuable experience of governance matters, as well as dealing with board-related issues and dealing with a range of stakeholders through partnership working. He introduced to the Law Society several new financial policies and drove the organisation towards ISO accreditation which included introducing a complaints procedure against the organisation itself. He is currently a Member of the Ulster University Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee. He is also Deputy Chair of the Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. He has declared no political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments.

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