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Commission commits to board diversity

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has made a commitment to take board diversity seriously by participating in the Boardroom Apprentice scheme.

The scheme is aimed at addressing the narrow demographic putting itself forward for public appointments. Board apprentices will serve a twelve-month apprenticeship and receive six months of training and a ‘Board Buddy’ to mentor them through their time with the Commission.

Over 20 organisations are taking part in the scheme, including Translink, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Regional College, Strategic Investment Board, Age NI, Big Lottery NI, Labour Relations Agency and the Equality Commission.

While the Apprentice will not have any voting rights, they will sit in on the day-to-day running of the Commission’s board.

The scheme is open to applicants from now until 6 June. Successful apprentices will then be paired with participating boards at a launch event at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on 20 June.

Chief Charity Commissioner Tom McGrath said:

“The Boardroom Apprentice programme aims to provide practical experience, training and support to individuals who wish to become board members within public and third sectors.

The Commission’s own research has revealed that just 5% of Northern Ireland’s charity trustees are under 30. Having made the case for more diverse charity boards, the Commission intends to lead by example. There are a range of reasons why potential board members don’t make their aspirations reality but we hope Boardroom Apprentice might bridge the gap.

“Those interested are strongly advised to apply before 6 June.”


For more information please contact Neil Wilson, Charity Commission Communications Officer, on telephone: 02838 320169 or email: 

Notes for editors

  1. The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. 
  2. Boardroom Apprentice is funded by the participating organisations and organised by Strictly Boardroom. Further information is available at
  3. Follow us on Twitter: @CharityCommNI
  4. Follow Boardroom Apprentice on Twitter: @BoardAppr