Captain Tom's daughter removed as keynote speaker at volunteer conference over regulator's case

The Volunteer Expo Live says it would 'not be appropriate' for Hannah Ingram-Moore to speak at the event while the Charity Commission has a compliance case into the Captain Tom Foundation

Hannah Ingram-Moore (Photograph: Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)
Hannah Ingram-Moore (Photograph: Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

The daughter of the late fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore, who helped establish the charity that bears his name, has been dropped from the line-up of speakers at a national volunteering conference because of concerns over an ongoing Charity Commission case.

Hannah Ingram-Moore had been set to deliver a keynote speech to Volunteer Expo Live, an annual two-day event that is taking place in Birmingham next month. Her appearance was first advertised earlier this year.

But organisers told Third Sector it had since concluded it “would not be appropriate” for her to speak at the event because the commission has an ongoing compliance case into the Captain Tom Foundation

Volunteer Expo Live did not make a public announcement about the decision, but pages on the event’s website promoting her appearance have been deleted.

Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £33m for NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his garden during the first national Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. The 100-year-old military veteran died last year.

The charity established in his honour was heavily criticised after its first annual accounts were published, which revealed that the Captain Tom Foundation had engaged with three separate regulators – the Information Commissioners’ Office and Fundraising Regulator as well as the Charity Commission – in its first year.

The accounts also showed that more than £50,000 of charitable funds raised by the foundation had been reimbursed to businesses controlled by Ingram-Moore and her husband.

The Independent later revealed that Ingram-Moore had contacted the Charity Commission about making herself chief executive of the foundation, with a potential six-figure salary. The commission rejected the proposal . 

The charity announced in February that it was postponing plans for a Captain Tom Day until the regulator’s case was completed. 

Ingram-Moore said at the time that the planned fundraising day should not go ahead while the commission is working with us and reviewing [the charity’s governance and finances]”.

A spokesperson for Volunteer Expo Live said: “The organisers of Volunteer Expo have recently taken the decision that, while engagement is ongoing between the Charity Commission and the Captain Tom Foundation, it would not be appropriate for Hannah Ingram-Moore to speak at the event in May.”

A spokesperson for the Captain Tom Foundation said Ingram-Moore was “putting her time elsewhere at the moment” and stressed that she was taking time to focus on her family and the foundation.

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