Charities Regulator Chief Executive to step down

13 September 2018

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The Chief Executive of the Charities Regulator, Mr John Farrelly, is to step down from the position at the end of October.

The Chairperson of the Charities Regulatory Authority, Mr Patrick Hopkins, confirmed that the board had received Mr Farrelly’s resignation.  Mr Farrelly is leaving to join the Mental Health Commission as Chief Executive. 

“John made a very significant contribution to the development of the Charities Regulator over the past three years,” Mr Hopkins said.  “The Charities Regulator was still at an early stage of development when he joined and, under his leadership, he helped put the organisation on a sound footing.”

In September 2016 the Charities Regulator received its powers under the Charities Act 2009 (Part 4) to protect charitable organisations. These include powers to investigate the affairs of charitable organisations, to require production of documents and to impose intermediate sanctions.  “John’s experience as a regulator ensured the Charities Regulator used these powers proportionately and effectively,” Mr Hopkins said.

The number of registered charities has increased from 8,003 at the end of 2016 to 9,570 at the end of May, 2018.  The number of charities which met their annual reporting obligations rose to 91% by the end of 2017.

John made a significant impact regarding measures to increase trust and confidence in Irish charities.  He led on developing an appropriate regulatory infrastructure which recognises the significant and unique place of charities in modern Ireland,” Mr Hopkins said. “On behalf of the Charities Regulatory Authority I wish John every success in his new post.”

Mr Hopkins confirmed that a recruitment process to fill the role of Chief Executive was currently underway.

For more information: email press@charitiesregulator.ie or contact Eamon Timmins, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, at 01-6331517 or 087-7520978.