Charity tribunal throws out education charity's appeal against commission case

Ruby Bano Khan filed an appeal on behalf of the Bietec Learning and Development Training Centre, but the tribunal has heard no more from her

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A charity tribunal appeal lodged against the Charity Commission by a Birmingham education charity has been struck out after the trustee making the appeal failed to respond to the tribunal.

Ruby Bano Khan filed her appeal on behalf of the Bietec Learning and Development Training Centre on 25 February, with the commission filing its response on 25 March.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said the appeal related "to an ongoing commission case" into Bietec looking at "a number of concerns relating to conflicts of interest at the charity".

But Khan failed to stay in contact with the tribunal, according to legal papers published by the tribunal last week, and did not take part in a telephone hearing on 22 May. She was then given a further 14 days to respond, but did not do so.

"The tribunal considers that the appellant has failed to cooperate with the tribunal to such an extent that the tribunal cannot deal with these proceedings fairly and justly," the tribunal ruling says. Khan’s appeal was struck out on 9 June.

The commission spokeswoman said it first learned of concerns about Bietec in July 2013.

"It has been disappointing that the trustees have been slow to respond to some of our requests," she said. "However, our case continues to progress. While it is live, we cannot comment any further."

Khan is one of three trustees of the charity, according to the Charity Commission’s online register.

Its objects are "to advance the education of the public, in particular, by the provision of vocational training", and it had income of £17,150 in the year to 31 March 2013.

Khan did not respond to a request for comment.

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