Jim Davidson to become chief executive of the military charity he helped to found

The comedian says he has been acting chief executive of Care after Combat but will now take the job full time

Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson

The comedian Jim Davidson is to become permanent chief executive of the military charity he helped to found.

In a statement on his website, Davidson said he had been acting as the interim chief executive of Care after Combat, which he helped to set up in 2014 to help veterans suffering from mental health or addiction issues or who were in prison, and would take on the role full time once his current tour ended in February.

In September this year, Davidson, 63, was reported to have said he could draw a salary of £43,000 a year from the charity if he hit fundraising targets, as well as claiming expenses of £11,000, according to The Sunday Times.

The story prompted the Charity Commission to contact the charity for a second time, the first being after a complaint was made about the charity earlier the same month.

In the statement announcing his appointment, Davidson said: "It’s been a really busy year for me. I have been acting as the interim chief executive officer of Care after Combat. It’s the first real job I’ve had since I worked at the Co-op."

He said his new role would not mean he was retiring from comedy. "I will take on the role full time at the end of this tour," the statement said.

"That doesn’t mean I’m packing in the comedy. Quite the reverse: I have to go on stage to give me a bit of light relief after the terrifying job of being responsible for 60 staff and 150 veteran prisoners. I’ve also have to raise £400,000 a year.

"I have a good team and I’m confident we can continue helping veterans get their lives back. I will do some shows in the summer and then I think I might do a play."

Asked about the regulator’s contact with Care after Combat, a spokesman for the Charity Commission said: "We received a complaint regarding the governance of the charity. The commission has engaged with the charity regarding this matter and has issued the charity with a regulatory action plan to improve its governance.

"The charity has cooperated with the commission."

According to the commission’s website, Care after Combat’s latest accounts, which cover the year to 31 October 2015, show it had an income of £252,156 and spent £229,103.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund awarded the charity £1m in 2015 from the money paid in fines by banks involved in the Libor rate-rigging scandal.

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