JustGiving investigates sexual harassment allegations against staff member

The Guardian reports that managing director Neil Bannister has been suspended, but the online donations platform would not confirm the identity of the staff member

Neil Bannister: named by The Guardian as focus of allegations
Neil Bannister: named by The Guardian as focus of allegations

The online donation platform JustGiving has confirmed it is investigating a complaint after claims were made that Neil Bannister, its managing director, had been suspended over sexual harassment allegations.

An article published in The Guardian newspaper today alleged that Bannister had been suspended since June after being accused of harassing a member of staff on a company night out at the Lord Nelson pub in Southwark, south London.

The Guardian’s report said Bannister had not been at work since the alleged incident took place.

A spokesman for JustGiving would not confirm which staff member was under invesitgation, but he said that it takes the safety and wellbeing of its team extremely seriously.

"We have been investigating a complaint made by a member of our team and, after the conclusion of that investigation, we will take appropriate action in line with our company policies," he said.

He declined to confirm when the complaint was made or how long the investigation was likely to take. 

He said: "We remain focused on delivering world-leading fundraising solutions for the charitable sector to ensure no good cause goes unfunded."

Bannister joined JustGiving in 2005 as chief financial officer and became managing director last year after Blackbaud bought the company for £95m.

Third Sector was unable to reach Bannister for comment.

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