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.

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.

Conflicts of Interest

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This guide will help organisations identify how to avoid conflicts of interest and how to act appropriately if one does develop. It sets out the legal background and has a sample conflict of interest policy and a sample declaration of interest form.

Running a Charitable Company

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article provides a general guide on the administration requirements that charities and other not for profit organisations which are incorporated as companies limited by guarantee must adhere to.

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.

Winding Up and Dissolving an Organisation

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article gives you advice on how to wind up or dissolve an organisation.

Risk Assessment

1 Feb 2010Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article provides clear, concise information and a straightforward guide to risk assessment. It will help your committee/board to adhere to Principle 4 of the Code of Good Governance: Exercising appropriate control.

Sub-Committees

1 Nov 2009Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

Voluntary and community groups may want or need to establish sub-committees to tackle specific projects or investigate new areas of work. Using sub-committees allows more time to focus on specific issues and involve expertise from outside the committee.