Charity Commission Appoints New Chief Executive

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) today announced the appointment of Frances McCandless as its Chief Executive. Ms McCandless took up her post with effect from 8 April 2010 and will be responsible for leading the organisation in the establishment of a regulatory framework for the charitable sector in Northern Ireland.

The appointment was welcomed by the Chief Charity Commissioner Tom McGrath who commented:-

"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Frances McCandless after an extensive public recruitment exercise. This is a key appointment for the Commission and Frances brings with her a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in working with local charities. I am confident that she will provide the necessary leadership to the Commission as we begin the process of setting up a charity register in Northern Ireland and seek to establish effective regulation within the sector. "

Speaking about her appointment to CCNI, Ms McCandless said: "I had no hesitation in accepting this appointment and am excited about the challenges which lie ahead as we take forward a demanding programme of regulation."

Notes to editors:

  1. The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), funded by grant-in-aid from the Department for Social Development (DSD). It was established under the Charities Act (NI) 2008 and became operational on 27 March 2009. The Commission comprises of a Chief Commissioner, a Deputy Chief Commissioner and 5 Charity Commissioners.
  2. Its mission is to introduce a regulatory framework for the charitable sector in Northern Ireland, in line with developments in the rest of the UK and Ireland. This will provide a structure and process through which charities can demonstrate their contribution to society, the public can be assured regarding how charities are spending any donations and government can assist in the better governance of the charity sector.
  3. This appointment takes effect from 8 April 2010 and attracts a basic salary of £57,300 per annum. Expenses will be paid in line with normal NICS guidelines.
  4. Appointee: Ms McCandless joins the Charity Commission NI from the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) where she served as Director of Policy for 14 years. She has extensive experience working within the voluntary and community sector.
  5. For media enquiries please contact the CCNI Secretariat on 028 90515490. Outside office hours please contact 07824770394.

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