The Halo Trust suspends chief executive after 'deterioration in relations' with the board

Trustees of the landmine clearance charity suspend its head and co-founder Guy Willoughby

Guy Willoughby (centre), chief executive of the Halo Trust, with Angelina Jolie (left), a trustee
Guy Willoughby (centre), chief executive of the Halo Trust, with Angelina Jolie (left), a trustee

The landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust has suspended its chief executive and co-founder Guy Willoughby after a "serious deterioration in relations" between him and the board.

Trustees voted unanimously to suspend Willoughby at a board meeting last week. The move comes months after it emerged that Willoughby was receiving school fees for three of his children as part of his remuneration package, which was between £210,000 and £220,000 in the year to March 2013.

A spokeswoman for the charity, which had a voluntary income of £26.4m in 2012/13, said that although the school fees issue "kick-started" trustees into looking at the governance of the charity, there was "no sense of financial irregularity, but purely a breakdown in relations between the chief executive and the board".

A statement from the charity said: "The board of trustees of the Halo Trust has taken the unanimous decision to suspend Guy Willoughby as chief executive following a serious deterioration in relations between him and the board over the governance of the charity. The board will now undertake a review of the situation before deciding on the next steps to be taken."

Willoughby co-founded the Halo Trust with Colin Mitchell in 1988. It now has more than 8,000 full-time staff in 16 countries and territories.

- This story was amended on 22 July 2014 for legal reasons.

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