Mermaids chief executive leaves post amid regulator scrutiny

28 Nov 2022 News

Susie Green, chief executive of Mermaids, has left the transgender youth support charity after six years at the helm.

The charity, which aims to “relieve the mental and emotional stress of all those aged 19 years and under who are transgender, non-binary and gender variant”, said it would appoint an interim chief executive shortly. 

Belinda Bel, chair of trustees, said: “The trustees are very grateful to Susie for everything she has done over the last six years to support trans, non-binary and gender-diverse young people and their families, and to build Mermaids into the organisation it is today. We wish her all the best for the future.”

Green's exit comes as the charity is subject to a regulatory compliance case from the Charity Commission. The charity has filed serious incident reports to the regulator on a number of matters recently reported in the media.

The National Lottery Community Fund paused its funding to the charity while the Commission conducts its compliance case. 

Mermaids, which last year had an income of about £1.8m, also took fellow charity LGB Alliance to court this year over the Commission’s decision to award it charitable status.

This is understood to be the first time one charity has attempted to strip legal status from another.

The tribunal hearing for the case finished earlier this month with a decision expected early next year.

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