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Charity Trustee Conference - Promoting Good Financial Governance

05 May 2016

NICVA, in partnership with Moore Stephens, is holding a conference dedicated to charity trustees to help raise awareness of the new accounting and reporting regulations and promote understanding of good financial governance.

New rules for accounting and reporting for all registered charities came into effect on 1 January 2016. The regulations stipulate the type of accounts which registered charities must prepare, the type of external scrutiny which must be carried out on the accounts and the content of the annual report. The Charity Commission is also finalising the directions for independent examiners which must be followed in carrying out an independent examination.

Charity trustees are ultimately responsible for the financial management and reporting of their charity finances and so need to have good financial governance in place. This timely conference will explain the new rules for charity finances and reporting to help charity trustees understand what the new rules mean in practice for their charity.

Who should attend?

Anybody who sits on the board of a charity (charity trustees) or works with charity finances or advises charity boards.


  • Frances McCandless, CEO of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland will start the day off by explaining the new accounting and reporting regulations for charities.
  • Chris Smyth, Chair of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) will then explain what is involved in an independent examination and the role of the independent examiner.
  • Rosemary Peters Gallagher, Partner with Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants will give an account of the common issues for charities in preparing and managing their finances.
  • Peter McBride, Chair of NICVA Finance & HR Sub-Committee will speak about internal financial controls from a trustee's perspective.

Afternoon workshop options

After lunch, participants will be able to attend a workshop which will give them a greater insight into one of the following:

  • Understanding accrual accounts.
  • The independent examination of receipts and payments accounts.
  • Understanding the pensions auto enrolment regulations.
  • Financial controls assessment.

To book a place please complete the booking form (link below) indicating whether you are a representative from a NICVA member organisation or a not-for-profit, private sector or statutory sector organisation.


NICVA members:

  • 1 Delegate free for NICVA full or associate members.
  • Extra member delegate rate 20 (2 additional places per organisation)


  • Voluntary and community groups - 50 (max 3 places).
  • Private sector and statutory bodies - 95 (max 3 places).

Click here to book your place.