Chief executive of St Andrew's given a £99,000 bonus last year

According to the mental healthcare charity's accounts, Gil Baldwin's total salary package amounted to almost £500,000 in the year to the end of March 2016

Gil Baldwin
Gil Baldwin

The chief executive of the mental healthcare charity St Andrew’s received a £99,000 bonus last year, taking his total salary package to almost £500,000, the charity’s latest accounts show.

Gil Baldwin, who was appointed as chief executive of St Andrew’s in July 2014, was paid a basic wage of £328,000 in the year to 31 March 2016, the accounts show. This increased to £489,000 once the bonus, pension and other benefits were added, the documents say.

Altogether, seven members of the executive team were each paid more than £200,000 in 2015/16, the accounts show.

The accounts say that the total amount spent on payments for the eight executive directors employed by the charity, including pay, bonuses, benefits and pensions, exceeded £1.9m.

Several members of the St Andrew’s executive team also received substantial bonuses, with Warren Irving, its chief operating officer, being paid £43,000 and Fiona Mason, its chief medical officer, getting a £40,000 bonus.

Thomas Harris, the charity’s chief finance officer and interim company secretary, received a £51,000 bonus, its HR director, Martin Kersey, received £38,000, and Lesley Boswell, its director of nursing and quality, was awarded a £25,000 bonus.

A total of 144 employees were paid £60,000 or more in 2015/16, up from 138 in the previous year, the accounts show.

St Andrew’s has attracted media attention for its salary levels before, with Baldwin’s predecessor, Philip Sugarman, being paid £751,000 in his final year with the charity, including a £285,000 salary and pay in lieu of notice of £389,000.

The charity reported a 4.6 per cent increase in charitable income between 2015 and 2016, rising to £177.5m in the latest accounts. Charitable expenditure rose by 6.1 per cent to £171.7m, the accounts show.

A spokeswoman for St Andrew’s Healthcare said: "As a major charity playing a vital role in the support of patients with very complex needs, it’s essential that we have strong leadership. Without it, we won’t achieve our vision of transforming lives by building world class-mental healthcare services.

"World-class services need world-class leadership, and our board and court of governors recognise that it’s well worth investing in this level of leader."

The spokeswoman said that the charity benchmarked its salaries and benefits against organisations including other mental healthcare providers and the NHS.

"The pay of our senior executives is determined by the remuneration committee, which benchmarks salaries and benefits against other mental healthcare providers, the NHS and other organisations of a similar size to St Andrew’s.

"In addition, St Andrew’s appointed external remuneration advisors this year for independent confirmation that our levels of pay and bonus are fair – in fact, our chief executive’s salary is significantly lower than our private healthcare competitors.

"We believe in using a bonus scheme to reward proven performance, because a strong focus on quality and patient care is vital for delivering our aims."

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