Charities Act (NI) 2008 – Are you ready?

September 3, 2009

Northern Ireland’s charities and not for profit organisations face major changes when new provisions of the Charities Act come into effect this Autumn. That’s the theme of two major conferences next month organised jointly by Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors, Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants and Northern Bank.

Keynote speakers from these firms will examine the implications of the Charities Act (NI) 2008 on the running of a charity or not for profit organisation, looking at such issues as company law, governance, accounting and auditing requirements, banking and investments.

Under the Act, a new regulator, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been established. The Commission will play a key role in how the charitable sector is organised and will establish a compulsory charity register of all charities operating in Northern Ireland.  It will also put in place new requirements for public collections and details of accounting thresholds, auditing requirements and more. All of this is designed to allow better supervision, control and support for charities.

Recently appointed Chief Charity Commissioner Tom McGrath will give the opening address at the conferences.  He said:

“These seminars will bring together the combined professional expertise of some of Northern Ireland’s top firms and will be of interest to any such organisationpreparing for the changes ahead. Northern Ireland’s community and voluntary sector plays a huge role in providing invaluable services to some of the neediest in our communities.  The new structures will help local charities to show the great contribution they make to society.  They will also let people see how charities are spending their donations and allow government to help charities manage themselves better, encouraging best practice.”

A question and answer session will be chaired by Majella McCloskey, Director of CO3, the leadership organisation for Northern Ireland’s third sector.

The conferences are free of charge and will take place in Belfast on 29th September and Derry on Wednesday 30th September. Places are still available at both events – email for further information.


  • Event details:-

BELFAST – Spires Conference Centre, Belfast

Tuesday 29th September 2009 9.30am-12.30pm

DERRY – The Playhouse

Wednesday 30th September 2009 9.30am-12.30pm


  • Speakers

Jenny Ebbage – Partner, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors

Rosemary Peters Gallagher OBE – Partner, Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants

Mark Arndell – Head of Investment Management, Northern Bank

Adrian O’Neill – Senior Client Manager, Northern Bank

Karen Kennedy – Senior Cash Manager, Northern Bank