Bubb 'sorry' for Shaw Trust comments

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, has apologised to the Shaw Trust for saying its employee forum had passed a vote of no confidence in its board of trustees and director-general Tim Pape.

Bubb made his comments in August while calling for the reinstatement of Ian Charlesworth, chief executive of the trust, who was given six months' notice and put on gardening leave at the end of July.

Charlesworth, who had disagreed with plans by Papé and chair John Briffitt over plans to expand the organisation into Australia, has mounted a campaign to be reinstated.

Bubb said yesterday: "On 11 August, I issued a press release regarding Ian Charlesworth stating, amongst other things, that the staff of the Shaw Trust had passed a vote of no confidence in the director-general and trustees.

"I now accept that this particular statement was not accurate. No vote of confidence or otherwise was taken or passed by the staff of the trust. On behalf of Acevo and personally, I retract this particular statement and apologise to the director general and the trustees of the Shaw Trust for any distress or embarrassment I have caused by making it."

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