Charity Commission appoints interim manager to north London charity

Regulator announces that it has opened a statutory inquiry into the Enfield Island Village Trust amid concerns including its management of conflicts of interest

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers to take over the running of a charity that manages a community centre in north London.

The regulator announced today that it had opened a statutory inquiry into the Enfield Island Village Trust and appointed Paul Ridout and Con Alexander of Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP to act as joint interim managers to run the charity.

The trust, which had an income and expenditure of about £269,000 in the year to the end of March, has objects including the provision and maintenance of a community centre and the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities within the village.

The commission’s statement said that it opened an operational compliance case into the charity in February 2014 after it received complaints about poor governance.

It said that engagement with the charity revealed concerns about whether there were any validly elected trustees, potential unmanaged conflicts of interest in the appointment process of the supplier who provides estate management services to the village, risk to charity funds and whether some decisions involving charitable funds were taken properly and in the best interests of the charity.

It said that although it issued a formal action plan to the charity to hold elections for trustees, which were held in May 2015, those running the charity did not fully comply with the plan. This meant that the commission was still concerned that the charity might not have any validly elected trustees.

The regulator said its inquiry, which was opened in June this year, would examine issues including the decision-making of individuals involved in the administration of the charity and the management of conflicts of interest, the future governance arrangements for the charity and the extent to which charitable funds might be at risk.

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