Frances McCandless takes up Northern Ireland post

Former director of policy at Nicva will head Charity Commission for Northern Ireland from next week

Frances McCandless
Frances McCandless

Frances McCandless will start as the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland's first chief executive on Monday.

Third Sector reported in early February that McCandless, the former director of policy at the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, had been offered the position. Her appointment has still not officially been announced by the CCNI, but Nicva has confirmed McCandless will start next week.

She will replace interim chief executive Seamus Murray, who was seconded from Northern Ireland's Department for Social Development when the CCNI was established a year ago.

"The Charity Commission here has been long awaited and there is a lot to do, but I know that relationships between the commission and voluntary and community organisations will be productive and supportive," McCandless said in a statement issued by Nicva.

"I hope my 20 years of experience in the sector, combined with that of the commissioners, will strengthen those relationships and build an environment of public trust and confidence."

Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of Nicva, said McCandless had made a massive contribution to Nicva.

"I know she is perfect for the challenge that is the new Charity Commission, in terms of both providing the regulation and supervision that gives the public confidence in charities and enabling charities to grow and flourish in their work to the benefit of all citizens here," he said. 

One of McCandless's first tasks will be to oversee the establishment of the Register of Charities for Northern Ireland, which is set to be launched later this month once the necessary legislation has been passed.



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