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Governance | John Tate | 10 Jun 2009

So we have heard from Stephen Bubb – chief exec of Acevo. He has commented on the expense issue on his blog - 1,459 words, no less. Almost a book!

To cut to the chase, if I read his blog correctly, he will publish his expenses to his members but not to a wider audience.

A step in the right direction perhaps but with over 75% of those who responded to the Charity Finance poll saying they would like expenses published this is disappointing.

NCVO, CFDG, Institute of Fundraising and Navca have produced a summary of their CEOs' expenses. Why not Stephen?

I recognise that Stephen feels responsible to his members but in his role as chief exec he also has a responsibility to his employees, donors, and a wider group of beneficiaries than just his members.

As the head of a leading umbrella body his actions also reflect on the UK charity sector as a whole.

If well received by the likes of Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton the UK charity sector will hopefully be viewed in a good light. If not well received – there is the danger that the opposite will happen.

This has wider implications than just the Acevo membership. Stephen should aspire to the highest levels of transparency.

So come on Stephen, disclose your expenses like your peers.  It would also be good to see the full list of corporate events you have been to and the entertaining you have received in the last year.

And by the way I am a member of the Tate sugar family – which of course makes me born with sweetness. And as for obsure, the thousands of views this blog has had so far would suggest otherwise!

John Tate
15 Jun 2009

Thank you for your kinder words Tim! Mr Bubb has clearly taken exception to my comments. I tried to talk to him at the Charity Awards Dinner last week and he was not keen to engage with me at all!

15 Jun 2009

Hello Sweetness! Just been reading your comments!

My dad was in the wholesale grocery business and he bought tons of sugar off your dad so that makes us connected in a way! I did a certain amount of business training in the family concern and now I am pretty much retired I have been taking an interest in what these charities pay themselves from a business point of view.

There's a distinct lack of openness in the way the RNID conducts itself. I don't know if you ever read the book Really Not Interested In the Deaf by Doug Alker but I strongly recommend it. Doug became their first ever deaf CEO but clashed with the management who were all hearing. There followed a disgraceful power struggle which was all hushed up. The sole piece of evidence is Doug's book. I feel that many of these charity execs are taking advantage of the need that disabled people have for skilled help, and are charging unfairly high salaries for not doing very much. After all if they solve the problems they put themslves out of work.

14 Jun 2009

You should take Mr Bubb's comments as a compliment. If your criticisms were so good that he can't refute them, it's small wonder that he has to resort to personal attacks.


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