Former trustees who refused to hand over evidence ruled in contempt of court

Susan and Raymond Wright, formerly trustees of the Darren Wright Foundation, refused to help a statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission

High Court: where the Wrights were ruled in contempt
High Court: where the Wrights were ruled in contempt

The Charity Commission has won its first contempt of court case against two former trustees who refused to hand over evidence for a statutory inquiry.

The commission said that on 8 November the High Court had found that Susan and Raymond Wright had failed to comply with the regulator’s order to provide evidence and documentation.

The Wrights are former trustees for the Darren Wright Foundation, which raised funds for the families of disabled people and is based in Bristol.

A statutory inquiry into the charity was opened in November 2017, after the commission received complaints from members of the public and beneficiaries about difficulties in communicating with the Darren Wright Foundation and accessing funds raised on its behalf.

The commission said at the time of commencing the statutory inquiry that it had also struggled to contact the charity and address regulatory concerns, and would look into the charity’s management and governance.

The failure of Susan and Raymond Wright to hand over evidence, and subsequent defeat in court, is the first time the Charity Commission has pursued a contempt of court case through the courts.

A sentencing hearing will take place on a date yet to be decided.

Third Sector was unable to contact the Darren Wright Foundation, which has no working website, trustees or contact details, according to the commission’s website.

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