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Commission publish annual report and accounts

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has this week published its annual report and accounts for 2015-16, providing an overview of its performance during the year.

In the introduction to the report, the Commission’s Chief Executive, Frances McCandless, and Chief Commissioner, Tom McGrath, note that a number of key targets have been met, and a major registration target surpassed during the year.

“It has been just over seven years since legislation establishing Northern Ireland’s Charity Commission was commenced on 27 March 2009,” they comment in the report.

“As we reflect on those seven years and, in particular, the past year, we are proud to report the significant progress which has been made in implementing a new regulatory regime for Northern Ireland’s charities.”

The full report, which focuses on the Commission’s performance during 2015-16, is available to read or download below.

Download CCNI annual report and accounts 2015-16 PDF (2.5 MB)

A summarised version of the report, providing an overview of the Commission’s key areas of work, is also available.

Download CCNI annual report 2015-16, a summary PDF (694.1 KB)

Public meeting

Northern Ireland’s Charity Commissioners will reflect on the ongoing successes and challenges of implementing charity regulation at the Commission’s annual public meeting 2016.

Members of the public are invited to attend this event, which will be held on Monday 19 September 2016, from 3pm to 5pm (registration opens at 2.30pm), at the Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL.

Senior lecturer in law at University College Dublin, Dr Oonagh Breen, will be the guest speaker at the meeting, discussing the topic What does good governance in a charity look like?

Space at the meeting is limited and seats will be allocated on first come, first served basis. To book a seat, email or telephone 028 3832 0220, providing your name, company and job role (if applicable), contact email address and telephone number.  Please also outline if you have any accessibility requirements.


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on tel: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email:

Notes to editors

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Communities.

The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 introduced a new regulatory framework for the charitable sector in Northern Ireland.

The previous framework was “light touch” in nature, with only limited provisions for enforcement and no form of charity registration. The main objective of the Charities Act was to introduce an integrated system of registration and regulation as well as support for, and supervision of, registered charities.