Chief executive and operations director resign from Age UK Enfield

Tony Seagrott and his wife, Lisa, have stepped down, and the patron Lindsey Coulson has decided to leave her post

Charity has lost chief executive and operations director
Charity has lost chief executive and operations director

The chief executive and operations director of Age UK Enfield have stepped down, and a celebrity patron has resigned her position.

Tony Seagroatt, the chief executive of the charity, resigned last week after 24 years, as did his wife, Lisa Seagroatt, who has worked at the charity for 13 years.

Gerry Gilbert, chair of Age UK Enfield, said in a statement: "We can confirm that the chief executive and the operations director have resigned from the organisation.

"We are grateful to both of them for the many years of service they have provided to Age UK Enfield."

According to a report in the Enfield Independent newspaper, Tony and Lisa Seagroatt claim to have been treated badly by the charity’s board and are considering taking the matter to an employment tribunal. Third Sector was unable reach Tony and Lisa Seagroatt for comment.

Age UK Enfield said it was unable to say anything further at this stage because there were "confidential HR and legal matters requiring us to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned".

Lindsey Coulson, the former EastEnders actress and patron of the charity for 12 years, has also stepped down from the charity, reportedly in support of the Seagroatts. Age UK Enfield confirmed that Coulson had stepped down as patron but did not provide a reason.

According to the Enfield Independent, Tony Seagroatt said: "We have taken legal advice and feel we are entitled to resign and take proceedings against the board for constructive dismissal."

Coulson reportedly resigned at the charity’s annual general meeting on 4 February.

A Charity Commission spokesman said it was unable to comment or to confirm whether the regulator had been contacted by anyone who had concerns about the charity.

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