The chief executive of the mental healthcare charity St Andrew’s received a pay increase of more than £100,000 last year.
The charity’s latest set of accounts show that Philip Sugarman was paid £653,000 in 2012/13, compared with £552,000 in the previous year, a rise of more than 18 per cent.
The charity, which says it is the UK’s largest mental healthcare charity, provides care and support to people with mental disorders, including psychiatric illnesses, developmental disabilities and brain injuries through residential and community-based care. It also carries out research into the causes and treatment of mental disorders.
The accounts also show that Nigel Alcock, the charity’s chief finance officer, was given a "compensation for loss of office" payment of £76,000 when he resigned from his post on 20 March.
The charity, which employs about 3,100 people and receives the majority of its income from the NHS, has 57 employees on salaries of more than £100,000 a year, the accounts show.
Sugarman’s pay rise would move him up from fifth to fourth place on the list of the highest-paid charity employees, as compiled by Third Sector in March.
A spokeswoman for the charity said in a statement that St Andrew’s was unable to comment on the remuneration of individuals as a matter of policy.
She confirmed that when Alcock left his post, his payment was made in accordance with his contract, but the details of the contract were confidential.
The statement said the charity was "committed to making the most of its funding" and followed the Financial Reporting Council’s corporate governance code in determining pay for senior staff.
It said the charity had an independent remuneration committee, which carries out an annual benchmarking exercise for its senior pay against the NHS, competitors, large charities and similar-sized companies with which it competes for talent.
"The committee is satisfied that our pay levels are appropriate," the statement said. "Throughout the charity we invest in high-quality professional leaders who help St Andrew’s to flourish and provide care for as many people as possible.
"Despite tough market conditions over the last decade, we have more than doubled in size under the leadership of Professor Sugarman, and we now provide more NHS care than any other UK charity."
The accounts show that St Andrew’s increased its income from £168.7m in 2011/12 to £178m last year. Expenditure rose from £156.2m to £161.2m and the charity increased its funds carried forward from £175.4m in 2011/12 to £192.6m last year.
The charity received donations totalling £22,000 in 2012/13, down from £30,000 in the previous year.