Gillian worked as a lawyer for the regulator
for charities in England and Wales, the Charity Commission, for 18 years and is currently a non practising solicitor
with considerable experience of charity law, policy and practice.
Gillian's specialism is charity registration.
With an in-depth knowledge of the requirements
for registration as a charity and her unique understanding of how the regulator works Gillian can help you present your best
case to the regulator.
Gillian has considered applications across the range of charitable purposes and types
of organisation structure. She has worked with local bodies, such as village halls, community centres and grant making trusts;
national organisations such as universities and research bodies; and those with an international reach. She has helped to
develop the span of charitable purposes, and has a particular interest in the promotion of good citizenship, the advancement
of good health and the promotion of the efficiency of the armed forces of the Crown.
Gillian has a good understanding of what public benefit means for charities in practical terms. Gillian responded to the Charity Commission’s consultation on its draft revised Public Benefit Guidance as a member of the Charity Law Association’s working party on that consultation and on her own account.
After providing advice about collaborative working and mergers amongst charities on behalf of the regulator over many years, and developing policy regarding those processes, Gillian is well placed to provide guidance to charity trustees considering either option.
Gillian is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising and a member of the Charity Law Association.