The Charities Regulator is fully committed to promoting a working environment that takes account of the needs of individuals, while meeting the needs of the organisation in keeping with its Strategic Objective Four (from our 'First Statement of Strategy 2016-2018' below): "To develop the Charities Regulator as an effective and efficient independent regulatory agency". In support of this commitment, the Charities Regulator designed a Human Resource Strategy in 2016 which it continues to roll out in 2018.
The Charities Regulator increased its staffing complement in 2017 to 46 people. It also procured additional support services in a temporary capacity to assist with the establishment of a number of key operational activities. A work force plan was developed to enable the Charities Regulator strengthen its capacity and capabilities and enable it to reorganise itself in the ‘preferred operation model’ identified in the commissioned and approved Human and Financial Resource Review Report.
Please see the organisation chart below with the current Charities Regulator staff:
The Charities Regulator is made up of 5 separate business units. Here is an outline of the functions and objectives of each of those.
Registration and Reporting
The key functions of the Registration and Reporting Section are as follows:
- To maintain and further develop an effective registration system for charities
- To register charities according to the registration policy and process
- To establish and maintain an effective reporting system for charities
- To provide support and guidance to organisations applying or considering applying for registration
- To maintain the Register of Charities
Compliance and Enforcement
The key functions of the Compliance and Enforcement Section are as follows:
- To promote compliance by charity trustees with their duties in the control and management of charities;
- To ensure and monitor compliance by charitable organisations with the Charities Acts;
- To carry out investigations in accordance with the Charities Acts;
- To encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charitable organisations by the provision of information or advice.
The section engages with the public and relies on a good relationship with the public to carry out its work.
The head of the section is Tom Malone.
Further to section 82 of the Charities Act 2009, the Charity Services Unit is responsible for managing requests for services received from charities and other persons under the Charities Acts 1961 and 1973. This includes:
- The appointment of New Charity Trustees;
- The authorisation of disposition of lands held upon charitable trusts:
- Consent to a Sale of Charity Property for Full Value
- Consent to a Transfer/ Sale of Charity Property between Charities for less than Full Value
- Consent to a Lease of Charity Property
- Consent to a Surrender of a Lease of Charity Property
- Consent to a Mortgage of Charity Property
- Consent to an Exchange of Charity Property
- Settling a Cy-Près Scheme where the original objects fail – Section 29 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended;
- Giving an Opinion or Advise under the Authority’s Seal – Section 21 of the Charities Act 1961;
- Sanctioning a Compromise in relation to a claim made by or against a charity – Section 22 of the Charities Act 1961;
- Assisting with the examination of Summary ‘PAS3’ Forms received from the Probate Office supplying details of all charitable bequests.
Corporate Affairs is an internal support service, responsible primarily for ensuring compliance with a number of governance obligations and improving corporate policies, procedures and outcomes. It is also responsible for organising, overseeing the effective use of and resolving any resourcing difficulties in order that the Charities Regulator achieves its strategic objectives:
Corporate Affairs oversee:
- Human Resources;
- Financial Resources;
- ICT Resources;
- Secretarial Support for the Authority;
- Quality Management System (QMS);
- Office Accommodation.
The section is also responsible for supporting the Charities Regulator’s overall information governance arrangements.
The head of the section is Ms Meiread Ashe.
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
The Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Section is responsible primarily for engaging with the public on the Regulator’s behalf. This includes:
- Handling media queries and press releases;
- Managing website and social media content;
- Processing Freedom of Information requests;
- Organising public consultation events.
In addition, they handle interactions between the Regulator and TDs, Ministers and other stakeholders, and handle the translation of material and correspondence into Irish.
The head of the section is Mr Eamon Timmins.
The executive management team consists of:
John Farrelly was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Charities Regulator in May 2016. Previous to this he was Deputy Chief Inspector of Social Services where he led on the regulation of Nursing Homes and services for children. His role is to develop and lead an effective, efficient, independent Authority to regulate and protect charitable organisations operating within the Republic of Ireland. John is a graduate of UCD, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Honourable Society of Kings Inns and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Helen joined the Charities Regulator as Director of Regulation in March 2017. Helen is a solicitor and previously worked in the Office of the Attorney General. Helen also worked in the private sector for over 10 years and during that time worked as a senior associate in the Regulatory and Competition law unit of a large firm and as an in-house legal and regulatory adviser for two telecommunications companies. Helen holds a Barrister at Law Degree, a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law.
Meiread Ashe joined the Charities Regulator in September 2016 as Head of Corporate Affairs and also acts as Secretary to the Authority. Previous to this Meiread was the Head of the Central Policy Unit in DPER and has extensive experience in management of corporate services and finance in a range of organisations in the private and public sectors. Meiread is responsible for leading the section in overseeing the effective and efficient management of the Charities Regulator’s quality management system; and overall governance, in particular managing financial, human, ICT, resources and office accommodation. Meiread holds a BA (Hon) in Business Studies, Graduate Certificates in Project Management, Quality Management, Data Protection and Governance.
Tom Malone joined the Charities Regulator in August 2016 as Head of Compliance. He is responsible for leading the section in delivering on its primary objective: to monitor the compliance of charitable organisations with their legal obligations and to investigate any perceived breaches of said obligations. Prior to joining the Charities Regulator, Tom spent 10 years with the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General conducting financial audits and value for money examinations. Tom is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a MSc in Strategic Management.
Eamon Timmins joined the Charities Regulator in May 2017 as Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement. Prior to this he worked for 11 years with the older people’s charity, Age Action, initially as Head of Communications and latterly as Chief Executive. Eamon was a journalist for 19 years, working for national and regional titles including the Irish Examiner, The Irish Times and the Irish Independent. He studied journalism at the College of Commerce, Rathmines, and holds a Masters in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester.
Ciara Cahill joined in August 2015 as Legal Advisor. She provides legal advice to the Registration, Compliance and Corporate Affairs functions of the Charities Regulator. She also manages the Charity Services function of the Charities Regulator.
Here are some of the document and policies that inform the work of the Charities Regulator