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Minister announces Charity Commission appointments

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland has announced three appointments to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Board.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Walter Rader, previously a Commissioner on the Board, has been appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner for a term of five years. Brenda Maitland and Geraldine Donaghy have been appointed as Commissioners for terms of three years. All three appointments came into effect on May 7th 2013.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) was established as the regulator of charities operating in Northern Ireland following the enactment of The Charities (Northern Ireland) Act 2008. The main functions of the 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. Background on appointees: Walter Rader was formerly Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland. He is the Northern Ireland Representative for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and a lay member of House of Commons Standards Committee for which he receives a £300 daily fee. He has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.

    Geraldine Donaghy was formerly Chief Executive of the Confederation of Community Groups, Newry & Mourne and is currently a self employed voluntary sector consultant and a Trustee and Board Member of the Community Foundation N.I. She is a Non Executive Director of the Regulation Quality and Improvement Authority (RQIA) for which she receives £5,844 per annum and a Non Executive Director of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority for which she receives £6,577 per annum. She has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.

    Brenda Maitland was formerly a Senior HR Business Partner in BTNI. She is currently a committee member for the Saintfield Development Association, an external assessor for Western Education Library Board and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools and a school governor. She is a council member of the Pharmaceutical Society NI for which she receives £118 per half days attendance. She has not carried out any political activity in the last five years.

    All appointees demonstrated the ability to commit to the role, think strategically and analytically and a commitment to learning and self development. In addition, for the Deputy Chief Commissioner Role, Mr Rader demonstrated excellent leadership skills.
  2. The board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland comprises a Chief Commissioner, a Deputy Chief Commissioner and five Commissioners. The Deputy Chief Commissioner receives £3,000 per annum and Commissioners £2,000 per annum.
  3. The appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice. A selection panel, which included an independent panel member, as required under the Commissioner’s Code, considered the suitability of all candidates. The final decision on the appointment rested with the Minister.

    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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