Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has approved the appointment of Helen Martin as Chief Executive of the Charities Regulator under the Charities Act 2009, following a public recruitment process.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Martin was performing the functions of the CEO on an acting-up basis since Tuesday, 30 October 2018.  Prior to that, Ms. Martin was the Director of Regulation at the Charities Regulator.  Before joining the Authority, Helen was Assistant Parliamentary Counsel at the Office of the Attorney General for approximately 10 years.  Helen is a solicitor and she has held a number of senior regulatory positions with commercial entities prior to taking up her position with the Office of the Attorney General.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Séan Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development said: “I would like to wish Helen the very best in leading the Charities Regulator into the future.  I have every confidence that the Board of the Regulator has chosen the right person for this demanding role”.

Patrick Hopkins, Chairperson of the Charities Regulatory Authority said, “I am very pleased to announce that Helen has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Charities Regulator.  Helen has considerable experience and brings a depth of knowledge and expertise to the role.  I have no doubt that her understanding of regulation and drive to deliver our second statement of strategy will be of great benefit to the organisation in the coming years.  On behalf of myself and the Board I would like to congratulate Helen and wish her every success in her new role.”

Helen Martin, Chief Executive, Charities Regulator, “I’m delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the great team we have here to build on the successes achieved over the past three years.  Our focus now will be on the delivery of our second statement of strategy which we published earlier this month.”