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Statutory inquiry into Foyle Youth & Community Association

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has today (20 April 2021) announced the opening of a statutory inquiry into Foyle Youth & Community Association. The inquiry relates to concerns regarding the governance and administration of the charity.

Among the actions taken on the opening of the inquiry was to issue orders preventing Mrs Wendy Macbean from parting with charity property or entering into transactions without the approval of the Commission pursuant to section 33(1)(iv) and section 33(1)(vi) of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (“the Act”) respectively.

The Commission has also moved to appoint Mr Gerard McGuckin and Mr Thomas Doran as additional charity trustees pursuant to section 33(1)(ii) of the Act.

As a proportionate regulator, and so as to ensure that the investigation is fair, the Commission will not be making any further comment while the investigation is ongoing.


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Commission Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0220 or email: 

Notes for editors

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland.

The Commission has a statutory function, as detailed within section 8(2)3 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 to identify and investigate apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and to take remedial or protective action.

Section 22 of the Act gives the Commission the power to institute inquiries, with the opening of an inquiry giving the commission access to a range of protective and remedial powers.

In accordance with normal procedures, a report on the results of the inquiry will be published on the Commission’s website once the inquiry is completed.