The website of the National Childbirth Trust has been hacked with the loss of more than 15,000 names and passwords. A spokesman for the NCT, which provides support and advice for parents and prospective parents, said the hackers had not stolen or compromised any financial information. He said the NCT had reported the attack to the police and the Information Commissioner’s Office, and added: "We stress that no financial or personal details are held as part of this data."
The RSPCA has appointed Jeremy Cooper as its new chief executive, ending a period of more than two years without a permanent leader. Cooper has been promoted from director of corporate development at the charity, a position he took up in January. He spent three years before that as chief executive of RSPCA Assured, the RSPCA’s ethical food label. David Canavan, the charity’s vice-chair, has been acting as interim chief executive since the departure of Gavin Grant, who stood down on health grounds in February 2014. Cooper’s appointment comes in the wake of the resignations of three trustees, whose cited concerns included the RSPCA’s governance and management.
The Charity Commission is looking into concerns that Tower Hamlets Council made payments totalling £300,000 over the past five years to an organisation that was removed from the register of charities 16 years ago. Local media in east London reported that the council made more than 80 electronic payments since March 2011 to the Docklands Handicapped Group, which was removed from the commission’s register in March 2000 because it did not operate. The council said the payments were made to assist with the care of a vulnerable adult and it was looking into the case. A Charity Commission spokesman said its inquiries were at an early stage.
Four of the five staff at the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services have been made redundant, including the woman who had led the charity since 1994. The London-based charity closed on 1 April. It has agreed to transfer its services to two other youth services groups. Its chief executive, Susanne Rauprich, was among those made redundant. The fifth employee, the membership services manager Nichola Brown, and one of the charity’s trustees agreed to join the youth services charity Ambition. A letter to members of the NCVYS said that its membership services, sector representation and other related functions would be managed by Ambition. The letter said that several other initiatives would be transferred to the charity UK Youth.