Fundraiser: five jobs, not three

- This article has been updated on 26 August 2011: see final paragraph

Fundraiser Andrew Coutts, who was sacked last week for working for three charities at the same time, had contracts with at least five different voluntary organisations simultaneously, it emerged this week.

One of the charities he worked for closed down because of a lack of funds. Another employer said Coutts had raised no money. The British Polio Fellowship blew the whistle on Coutts last week after discovering he also worked full-time for Autism Speaks and held a part-time role at the Dyspraxia Foundation (3 September, page 1).

After Third Sector highlighted his case, further examples of multi-tasking surfaced. Coutts was employed for two and a half days a week for TaxHelp for Older People and three days a week for the Federation of Artistic and Creative Therapy until July.

Woolf Van Silver, the former chair of Fact, said it employed Coutts for more than a year until it closed two months ago. "We had to close because we were misled by fundraising promises," he said.

Paddy Millard, chief executive of TaxHelp for Older People, said the charity had written to Coutts when it hired him in January, asking if he was working for other charities, but he had not replied. The trustees this week decided to dismiss Coutts, who had raised only £8,000 since January.

Graham Ball, chief executive of the British Polio Fellowship, said his charity and Fact would be taking legal action against Coutts. "The wicked thing is that he targeted smaller charities that don't have large personnel resources," he said.

Until April, Coutts was also employed for six months by community services charity Naaps for two days a week. Sian Lockwood, its chief executive, said he had not raised a penny.

Coutts was unavailable for comment.

- Andrew Coutts has assured Third Sector that no fraudulent or criminal actvity by him was identified by the police and no legal action was taken against him

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