Departing Terrence Higgins Trust executives paid at least £350k last year, accounts indicate

According to the annual report for 2013/14, the charity appears to have paid a total of up to £369,000 to the outgoing chief executive, Sir Nick Partridge, and his also-departing deputy, Paul Ward

The THT annual report
The THT annual report

The outgoing chief executive and deputy chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust received payments totalling at least £350,000 last year, the charity’s annual accounts appear to indicate.

The charity’s annual report for the year to the end of March 2014 shows that three employees were paid between £80,000 and £89,000 in 2012/13. Including those three, a total of five staff were on salaries of more than £60,000.

In 2013/14, by contrast, three employees were on salaries above £60,000, but one was paid between £140,000 and £149,999, and another between £210,000 and £219,999. The report does not identify who received the various amounts.

Sir Nick Partridge, who had worked for the charity for almost 30 years and had been its chief executive for the last 22, left in October 2013. Paul Ward, his deputy, also left in 2013/14, after 17 years with the charity.

The report shows that the HIV and Aids charity spent £390,000 on redundancy costs, an increase from £211,000 in the previous year.

"Major restructuring across senior roles during 2013/14 has given rise to exceptional in-year costs," it says.

A spokesman for the charity said he was unable to comment on the individual contractual entitlements of employees.

"These figures were an isolated spike relating to the 2013/14 financial year, a period that saw several departures at the top of the charity as part of changes that reduced day-to-day running costs," he said.

"Currently, no member of our staff earns more than £100,000 a year."

Writing in the annual report, Christopher Bones, the charity’s chair, recorded his thanks to Partridge and Ward for their service to the charity and the legacy they left.

"No organisation can stay still in the current climate and a number of new senior appointments have been made to lead the Terrence Higgins Trust in the next stage of its development," said Bones.

Partridge was replaced by Rosemary Gillespie, who joined the charity in April 2014.

The charity had 289 full-time-equivalent staff in 2013/14, down from 307 in the previous year, according to the accounts.

The report shows that the charity’s income fell to £19.6m in 2013/14 from £20.1m in the previous year. Spending fell from £19.8m in 2012/13 to £19.4m last year.

The charity’s voluntary income was up by almost £1m, from just under £5.1m in 2012/13 to slightly more than £6m last year.

But statutory income from bodies including local authorities and primary care trusts fell from £13.8m to £12.4m in 2013/14.

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