The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at a charity it is investigating over concerns of “misconduct or mismanagement”.
In December last year, the regulator opened an inquiry into the Mohiuddin Trust, having written to the charity back in the summer of 2017, after having “identified statements in its auditor’s report which indicated a financial risk to the charity”.
This includes a serious ongoing dispute at the charity and questions about whether those in control of the charity have fulfilled their legal obligations in managing the charity.
Now the Commission has revealed that on 25 March, it exercised its powers to appoint Emma Moody, partner at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, as the charity’s interim manager.
The Commission said it had appointed Moody because “sufficient progress to resolve the dispute had not been made, which continues to impact the day-to-day running of the charity”.
Moody will take on full control of the administration and management of the charity until the Commission makes a further order.
She will have all the powers and duties of a trustee to the exclusion of anyone purporting to be a trustee of the charity.
Her duties will include restoring the charity’s governance and ensuring the proper management and administration of the charity.
The Commission’s inquiry continues.
The Mohiuddin Trust has previously been investigated by the Charity Commission. In 2010 there were allegations that a trustee of the organisation had “misappropriated a substantial sum of charity money and was personally benefiting from charitable funds”.
The Commission's inquiry found serious breaches had taken place and trustees were provided with regulatory advice.