Northern Ireland's social development minister has appointed a legally qualified charity commissioner to the fledgling Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Rosemary Connolly, the principal solicitor at employment and equality law practice Rosemary Connolly Solicitors, will be paid £2,000 a year for the three-year appointment.
The legislation that established the commission earlier this year requires at least one commissioner to be a barrister or solicitor of at least seven years' standing.
Connolly's appointment completes the commission's complement of seven commissioners. She joins six previously appointed lay commissioners, chaired by former insurance executive and Northern Ireland tourist board chair Thomas McGrath.
Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "Ms Connolly has an extensive legal background in equality and human rights issues and, with her personal commitment to the work of the charitable sector, she will prove to be a real asset to the commission."