Independent review of charity regulation engagement meetings

29 Mar 2021 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 10 May 2021

The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation seeks your views on how well the charities regulatory framework, which is administered by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, is working and what could work better. 

The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 is being reviewed and your views are important to the Independent Review Panel ('the Panel').  The Panel invites you to attend a virtual community meeting to discuss charity regulation in Northern Ireland and to share your views on whether it could work better. This will include short presentations from the Independent Review Panel on the issues within the Review’s scope and we will seek your feedback through questions and answers, and small group discussions.


This one-hour seminar aims to inform you about the Review’s objectives, and provides opportunity for the Panel to hear and understand your views of charity regulation. Receiving your feedback on what’s working and what’s not will be critical in informing the Panel’s recommendations to the Minister later this summer.


The Independent Panel comprises Professor Oonagh Breen, University College Dublin, Dr Lesley Carroll, Prisoners’ Ombudsman NI and Mr Noel Lavery, former Permanent Secretary, most recently at the Dept for the Economy in Northern Ireland.  You can learn more about the speakers and read the Review’s Terms of Reference here

Target Audience

The Panel will be conducting nine online seminars for various stakeholders including trustees, workers and advisors of charities of different sizes, as well as specific sessions for funders, solicitors, accountants, governance advisors and the general public. Each of the meetings will be focussing on regulatory issues pertinent to these key stakeholders. 

Please click on the title of the seminar which is most relevant to you in the table below which will take you to the registration page for that particular session.   Please note that all of these online sessions will be recorded, please see the Independent Review Panel's Terms of Use for Participants attending these online engagement meetings. 

Engagement meetings/seminars Date  Time
Charities in rural areas Mon 12 April 2021 11:00 AM
Medium sized charities Tues 13 April 2021 1:00 PM
Small charities  Mon 19 April 2021 6:30 PM
Large charities  Wed 21 April 2021 1:00 PM
General public Thurs 22 April 2021 11:00 AM
Solicitors / Developing Governance Group Mon 26 April 2021 1:00 PM
Funders Tues 27 April 2021 11:00 AM
Accountants /Independent Examiners Wed 28 April 2021 1:00 PM
General public  Thurs 29 April 2021 1:00 PM


Submit your views by questionnaire

We would encourage every charity to complete the consultation questionnaire that the Panel has now launched which can be found at the following link: 

 Independent Review of Charity Regulation Questionnaire

NICVA's response to the independent review of charity regulation can be found at the following link: 

NICVA response to the independent review of charity regulation | NICVA

Video on the Independent Review of Charity Regulation in Northern Ireland

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by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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