Role of management committees: where can I get more information?

Listed alphabetically below are a range of recommended sources of further information and advice regarding the role of Management Committees.

Remember! The legal framework regarding voluntary and community organisations based in Northern Ireland is different from other parts of the UK. However, good practice principles and advice will be relevant to all groups.

Local support

Key contact organisations within Northern Ireland:

Age NI
3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR Tel: 028 9024 5729

Community Change
Philip House, 123-137 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1AB  Tel: 028 9023 2587
Email: [email protected]

NI Charity Commission
The new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland came into being on the 1st June 2009.

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, 257 Lough Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, BT66 6NQ                         Tele: 028 3832 02

NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)

Provides advice, training and publications. Access direct support through the Charity Advice Service.
61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB. Tel: 02890 877777
Email: [email protected]

Early Years
6 Wildflower Way, Apollo Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA  Tel: 028 9066 2825

Supporting Communities NI
4-36 Henry Street, Ballymena, BT42 3AH  Tele: 028 2564 5676  

North West Community Network
12-14 The Diamond,Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HW
Email: [email protected] Tele: 028 71 279090

7 Crescent Gardens, Belfast, Antrim, BT7 1NS
Tele: 028 9080 338

Rural Community Network (RCN)
38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, BT80 8EF  Tel: 028 8676 6670
Email: [email protected]

Volunteer Now
Provides information, advice and training to voluntary management committees, including through this website, the DIY Committee Guide. Published the Committee Matters research on management committees in Northern Ireland.

Registered Office: 129 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 1SH.
Tel: 028 9023 2020.
Email: [email protected]


The Warehouse, 7 James Street South, Belfast, BT2 8DN  Tel: 028 9033 1880
Email: [email protected]

Other sources of online support and advice

Professional organisation for chief executives in the voluntary and community sector. Provides good practice guidance relevant for Management Committees. Download or order publications regarding relationships between the Management Committee and the Chief Executive.

Charity Commission for England and Wales
Provides guidance for charities and a range of downloadable publications. Provides legal guidance for England and Wales. Good practice principles also apply to Northern Ireland. 

Charity Governance
A subscription-based website containing guidance and resources for management committees/trustees.

Small Charities Coalition
Small Charities Coalition is a national support and networking organisation that helps over 6,000 small charities, their staff, volunteers and trustees access the skills, knowledge and recources they need to best serve their causes.

Companies House
Guidance for limited companies on their statutory responsibilities, including advice on the responsibilities of Company Directors and Secretary.

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
Provides downloadable publications of relevance to companies e.g. director/secretary responsibilities.

Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
Although more for the corporate sector, a few useful downloadable resources.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Provides guidance on a range of topics relevant to management committees under Governance and Leadership.

A range of information and downloadable resources including governance and organisational management.