Extension of appointment to the Board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Date published: 25 May 2021

Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey has extended the second term of appointment of Mr Seamus Magee, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Board Member, from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2023. Mr Magee has served on the Board since 1 June 2015.

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Mr Magee was the Head of the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland from 2001 until his retirement in 2014. He played a key role in the introduction of individual electoral registration and establishment of a regulatory framework for political parties in Northern Ireland. He was awarded an OBE for services to democracy in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2015. He previously worked in the fields of health, social services and consumer affairs. He is an Associate with the General Medical Council, Manchester and is a Fitness to Practice Panel Member with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, London. He serves on the Client Complaints Committee of the Northern Ireland Law Society and is a Governor of Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch. Mr Magee has declared no political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (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.
  2. The Board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland 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.
  3. The extension to the term of appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s (CPA NI) Code of Practice. 
  4. 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.
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