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“Unique insight” promised at Commission’s Annual Public Meeting

A leading third sector thinker will address whether Northern Ireland charities have the ‘best of both worlds’ or are ‘stuck in the middle’ next month.

Joe Saxton, Driver of Ideas at nfpSynergy, will be the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s keynote speaker at its Annual Public Meeting on 18 September at Malone House.

Joe has co-authored 70 reports on charities on subjects as wide-ranging as branding and trusteeship. He previously worked as Director of Communications for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People before joining nfpSynergy, a research consultancy that focuses on the not-for-profit sector.

Joe will use research about trust, giving and volunteering from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland to examine the pressure on civil society locally – and talk about how to address it. He will be followed with a presentation by the Commission’s staff on progress to date and an opportunity for questions.

The meeting is open to all and RSVP is via the online form here.

Commission Chief Executive Frances McCandless:

“Joe will be able to provide unique insights which will aid charities as they consider the future. The talk will be essential for anyone contemplating approaching governance challenges.”

Joe Saxton, Driver of Ideas at nfpSynergy:

“Charities in Northern Ireland operate in exceptional circumstances, often doing work that quite simply isn’t done by anybody else. By examining what Northern Ireland charities share with their counterparts elsewhere, and where they differ, we can help charities meet the challenges they face.”


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