Appointment to the Board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Date published: 13 September 2023

The Department for Communities has announced the appointment of Mr Terence McGonigal as a Commissioner to the Board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland from 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2028.

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The Commission was established as the regulator of charities operating in Northern Ireland following the enactment of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.

Its main functions 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. A Commissioner receives remuneration of £2,501 per annum for a commitment of one to two days per month. Travel and subsistence allowances are also payable. In addition, since the 2019 McBride High Court Judgment all Commissioners are expected to serve on several decision making committees throughout the year and are paid a daily rate for this additional work of £528.
  2. This appointment has have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s (CPA NI) Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, CPA NI requires the political activity of appointees to be published.
  3. As a senior finance manager and qualified accountant (FCCA), Terence McGonigal has worked across a number of large public bodies dealing with a range of strategic and operational financial, audit and risk issues. He also has significant experience in supporting the work of public sector Boards and Audit Committees, both in an executive and non-executive capacity. He currently sits on the Audit & Risk Assurance Committees of the NI Public Services Ombudsman and the Commission for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland. He brings an in-depth knowledge of and skills relating to governance and internal control matters to the Commission’s Board. He has declared no political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments.
  4. Department for Communities media enquiries should be directed to the Department for Communities Press Office via email.
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  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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