Governance Advice Notes

Our Governance and Charity Advice Team has produced these essential guides to good governance, covering everything from setting up a group and achieving charitable status to best practice on committees.

People with significant control register - PSC Register

4 Jul 2016Denise Copeland Charity RegulationGovernance Advice Notes

From 6 April 2016 companies, including not for profit companies, are legally required to keep a register of individuals or legal entities that have control over them, known as ‘people with significant control (PSC)’ and ‘relevant legal entities (RLEs)’

Charity Trustees’ Duties

1 Jul 2014Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article outlines what a charity trustee is and what they are responsible for.

Committee Procedures

25 Jun 2014Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This guidance is designed to help committees of small voluntary and community groups understand their basic responsibilities. It describes procedures which can help committees to prevent problems occurring.

Charitable Status

14 Apr 2014Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes, Charity Regulation

This article will answer the key question - how do I get charitable status for my organisation?

Accounting regulations for charities

1 Jan 2014Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes, Fundraising

This article gives advice on the new accounting requirements for charities in Northern Ireland.

Insurance

1 Aug 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes, Insurance

This is a general guide to insurance. It uses detailed explanations to highlight different types of insurance policies and includes real life examples to give an overview of all policies. There is also information on risk assessment.

Setting up a Charitable Company

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article provides general guidelines to assist Northern Ireland based voluntary organisations which are considering incorporating as a company limited by guarantee.

Legal Structures for Voluntary and Community Groups

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes, Charity Regulation

This guidance identifies the different kinds of legal structures that exist and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Setting up an Association

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article summarises how to set up an unincorporated association.

Lotteries

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, FundraisingGovernance Advice Notes, Fundraising

This advice will help your committee/board when they are thinking about running a lottery, and will help it adhere to Principle 2 of the Code of Good Governance: "Responsibilities, legal requirements and obligations".