Five firms run by disqualified fundraiser file to close

CSDM Strategic Fundraising, Pony Refuge, Clearlight, Lean Digital and Lean Marketing are all linked to Chris Stoddard, who was disqualified from being a company director for nearly ten years

Five companies run by the fundraiser Chris Stoddard, who was this year disqualified from being a company director, have filed to close.

CSDM Strategic Fundraising, Pony Refuge, Clearlight, Lean Digital and Lean Marketing have applied to be struck off and will be dissolved in two months unless "cause is shown to the contrary", according to documents filed at Companies House on Tuesday.

The documents add that all assets owned by the companies will pass to the crown on dissolution.

Stoddard, of Malvern in Worcestershire, resigned as a director of Lean Marketing, Lean Digital and Clearlight in July. But he is still listed as a director of CSDM Strategic Fundraising and Pony Refuge.

Third Sector reported in June that Stoddard had signed an agreement that disqualifies him from acting as a company director for nine-and-a-half years.

He did so shortly before the Insolvency Service was due to start a court case against him.

An Insolvency Service spokesman was unable to confirm or deny whether it was still taking any action against Stoddard. "We don't comment on regulatory matters," the spokesman said.

Stoddard ran at least nine fundraising-related companies that have gone into insolvency since June 2010, including CS Fundraising, CSDM Fundraising and Inspire Fundraising.

Third Sector was unable to contact him for comment.

Some of his charities were unhappy with the amount of funds his companies kept.

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