Being a charity trustee is a rewarding and challenging role, one in which individuals from all walks of life can bring their valuable experience, skills and knowledge to an organisation.

While almost anyone can become a charity trustee, there are certain conditions under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, that disqualify an individual from being a charity trustee.

These disqualifications include anyone who has been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is a spent conviction under the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NI) Order 1978.

However, having such a conviction is not necessarily a bar to becoming a trustee. Any individual who is disqualified may apply to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland for a disqualification waiver. The Commission has produced guidance, available online here, on applying for a waiver of the disqualification.

If required you can contact the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland in the following ways:

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
257 Lough Road,
BT66 6NQ

Telephone: 028 3832 0169