Chief Charity Commissioner reappointed

The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has announced the reappointment of Tom McGrath CBE as Chief Commissioner of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

The independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, the Commission is responsible for ensuring Northern Ireland has a dynamic and well governed charities sector in which the public can have confidence.

Mr McGrath was appointed to the role of Chief Commissioner in June 2009 for a five year term of office, becoming Northern Ireland’s first Chief Charity Commissioner.

His reappointment to the post will be for a further five years and will run from 1 June 2014 to 31 May 2019.


Mr McGrath commented: “I am pleased to have been reappointed as Chief Commissioner during this pivotal period in the development of charity regulation in Northern Ireland.

“Leading the establishment and progress of the Commission as the new, independent regulator of charities over the past five years has been both a challenging and a rewarding experience.

“The Commission will continue the work achieved so far to implement new regulatory processes, support charities and reaffirm public trust in Northern Ireland’s charity sector.”

As Chief Commissioner, Mr McGrath receives remuneration of £5,750 per annum.  He holds no other public appointments.

The Commissioners and the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland are appointed by the Minister for Social Development in line with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0169 or email:


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