Policy paper

When and how the Charity Commission appoints Interim Managers

The Charity Commission’s power to appoint an Interim Manager for a charity.

Applies to England and Wales


Application checklist: areas of expertise

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The Charity Commission has the power to appoint an Interim Manager (‘IM’) to act as receiver and manager in respect of the property and affairs of a charity. An IM has the same duties and responsibilities as a trustee in relation to the management and administration of a charity . The Commission can only use this protective power after opening a statutory inquiry under section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 (‘the Act’), if it is satisfied either that there is or has been misconduct and/or mismanagement in the administration of a charity or that it is necessary or desirable to protect the charity’s property.

How we process your data when you are appointed as an Interim Manager for a charity is explained in our Practitioner and Interim Manager Privacy Notice.

Published 13 February 2015
Last updated 22 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated to clarify the application process for practitioners to join the approved list, making it clearer the information that we require from applicant practitioners and their firms.

  2. List of approved practitioners added to the guidance.

  3. Updated code of practice.

  4. The dates for applications to join the Commission’s list of approved practitioners have changed. You can apply between 1 May and 31 May.

  5. Added a list of approved Interim Managers.

  6. In section 2 we have added information about the types of applications sought.

  7. First published.