Jersey’s First Charity Commissioner Appointed28 Jun 2017
The Jersey Community Partnership welcomed the news that John Mills C.B.E. has been appointed as Jersey’s first Charity Commissioner.
Under the Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 the Commissioner will be responsible for administering the charity test and establishing and maintaining the register of charities. He will also be seeking to protect public trust and confidence in registered charities. The JCP understand that the register will go live before the end of May 2018.
Rachel French, CEO of the Jersey Community Partnership commented “We are pleased to hear that a Charity Commissioner has been appointed, an important step in establishing an environment in which charities are trusted and the charity sector can thrive.
At present there is no central register of charities or those operating on a not-for-profit basis, but we know that they play an incredibly important part in society. Our recent survey of third sector organisations in Jersey suggested that approximately £80m of income flowed in to charitable organisations in 2016. But a significant proportion of not-for-profit organisations are operating on less than £10,000 a year. We hope that by having an effective Charity Commissioner in place aligned with JCP’s work in encouraging collaboration, support of these organisations and the charity sector will flourish.”