Sector chiefs reveal their spending

As the expenses debate rumbles on, some large charities are still hesitating over publication, writes John Plummer

Charity chiefs' expenses
Charity chiefs' expenses

The leaders of the main voluntary sector organisations have responded to the decision of NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington to publish his expenses by doing the same.

Twelve of the 13 organisations contacted by Third Sector provided full or partial details of expenses claims for the person in charge.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: "Any organisation ought to look at this issue and consider its position on openness and transparency, and its duty to account to its beneficiaries and trustees, then make a decision."

Public sector bodies working with charities, such as the Charity Commission, the Commission for the Compact, Capacitybuilders and Futurebuilders, can be asked for this data under the Freedom of Information Act. But this does not apply to voluntary sector bodies, even if they receive significant public funding.

A Charity Commission spokeswoman said it was "important for trustees to be transparent and accountable" but said it was up to individual organisations to decide.

Martin Narey, chief executive of Barnardo's, said he would publish his expenses in the next week. "Those in the public sector are expected to use money in a responsible way, so it is logical that charities are as well," he said. "I don't believe charity leaders have anything to hide."

Third Sector contacted four other charities that receive substantial public sector funding.

Betty McBride, director of policy and communications at the British Heart Foundation, said: "We'd be interested to hear more about a consistent and agreed process by which charities could share and compare such details."

The Victoria and Albert Museum said it was considering publishing expenses. Social care organisation Turning Point declined to comment. Action for Children said it would publish senior staff expenses.


Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the Charity Commission, claimed expenses of £8,555 and received hotel and travel costs of £17,386 in 2008/09. She lives in Exeter and works three days a week in London. Chief executive Andrew Hind claimed £3,067. Commission directors claimed the following amounts: Nick Allaway, £3,990; Rosie Chapman, £4,014; Kenneth Dibble, £2,639; and David Locke, £7,451.

Richard Corden, chief executive of the Commission for the Compact, said he incurred out-of-pocket expenses of £4,317 in 2008/09. He said the commission did not have details of his travel and accommodation expenses to hand, but he would work on providing them.

A spokeswoman for Futurebuilders said its chief executive, Jonathan Lewis, was on paternity leave.

Capacitybuilders said its figures for chief executive Matt Leach had yet to be signed off.

However, it supplied figures for previous chief executive Simon Hebditch, who claimed £10,157, and interim chief executive Catherine Johnstone, who claimed £5,376.


Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, claimed £11,997 in 2008/09.

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, claimed £9,751 in 2008/09.

John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, received £7,063 in 2008/09.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, claimed £6,079 in 2008/09.

Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, claimed £9,088 in 2008/09.

Keith Hickey, chief executive of the Charity Finance Directors' Group, claimed an average of just under £1,500 a year in the past two years.

Martin Sime, chief executive of the SCVO, claimed £3,765 for six months in 2008/09 and £6,296 for 2007/08.

Graham Benfield, head of the WCVA, claimed £2,211 in 2008/09.

Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, claimed £16,900 in 2008, of which £11,400 was for travel.

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