Barnardo's chief partially financed his own expenses

Martin Narey calls for other charity chief executives to publish their claims

Barnardo's chief executive Martin Narey has revealed that he personally financed the majority of the £11,000 of expenses he incurred last year.

Narey spent a total of £11,229 during the year to April 2009 but claimed back only £3,829. He financed the remaining £7,400 through donations he made to the charity throughout the year.

Expenses claimed by his six directors totalled £6,270 during the same period.

Narey announced that he would publish details of expenses claimed by him and his directors after John Tate, IT adviser to the Charity Finance Directors' Group, suggested senior figures in the voluntary sector should do so.

Narey told Third Sector that charity leaders had an obligation to reassure donors public money was being spent responsibly, particularly in the wake of the scandal over MPs' expenses.

"Charities should not be looking at criticism of MPs and thinking they are exempt," he said. "It makes good sense to be as transparent as possible and I do not believe the sector has anything to hide."

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