Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

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Polly McGivern

Breast Cancer Now has appointed Polly McGivern as director of finance and corporate services to oversee the final integration of activity between the two recently merged breast cancer charities.

A culture of arrogance was at the root of Kids Company’s woes

Kids Company received enough unrestricted income that it could have built up sufficient reserves to see it through the crisis that led to its collapse. Kirsty Weakley asks why it did not.

Kids Company failed to build reserves despite receiving £90m unrestricted income

Kids Company reported a deficit in its free reserves in six of the past ten years despite receiving more than £90m in unrestricted income over the last decade - almost 80 per cent of all funding.

Kids Company: lessons for trustee boards

When Kids Company collapsed earlier this month questions were raised about the lack of intervention from its board. Kirsty Weakley examines the learning for trustees.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

Independent review of Kids Company warned Cabinet Office of cashflow issues a year ago

A review of the financial and governance controls at Kids Company warned that the charity needed to address its cashflow problems and keep up-to-date with payments to HMRC, more than a year before the charity collapsed.

Charity Commission opens statutory inquiry into Kids Company

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Kids Company, which collapsed last week, and the High Court has appointed the Insolvency Service as the liquidator.

Commission concerned about ‘basic errors in annual reporting’ by charities

The Charity Commission has said it will step up efforts to make charities aware of their reporting duties after it found that 43 per cent of charities with unusually low expenditures had either made a mistake in their annual report or underreported their expenditure.

Oliver Letwin pledged £20m to Kids Company, claims founder

Camila Batmanghelidjh has claimed that the government promised £20m worth of funding to Kids Company in July 2014.

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