The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has appointed an interim manager to the Disabled Police Officers Association of Northern Ireland and has signalled its intention to remove one of the charity’s trustees.
Founded in 1983, the DPOANI helps those who have suffered serious physical or mental injuries while serving with the Police Service of Northern Ireland or its predecessor, the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
The CCNI opened a statutory inquiry into the DPOANI on 14 February this year after investigating the charity’s governance and administration, according to a spokesman for the commission. No further details were given.
It is the first time the commission has used its powers to appoint an interim manager since it was established in 2009.
The commission has appointed the accountancy firm Harbinson Mulholland as interim manager of the association, acting as manager and receiver.
An order appointing HM as interim manager and another one ordering the charity’s trustees to hand its property over to the interim manager were made by the commission earlier this month.
In addition, the commission has posted on its website notice of its intention to remove Robert Crawford from his role as a trustee of the charity. Individuals or organisations can comment on the proposal to remove Crawford by 12 November, after which the commission will finalise its decision.
James Fair, a manager at HM, said he could not give any further details.
Third Sector could not reach anyone from the charity for comment.