Management: the biggest stories of 2015

Concerns about the running of the children's charity Kids Company featured prominently

Camila Batmanghelidjh
Camila Batmanghelidjh

The children's charity Kids Company featured heavily headlines in 2015, beginning with the departure of three directors in March and of Camila Batmanghelidjh as chief executive in July before the charity closed in August

A National Audit Office report in October found that six warnings about the dire state of Kids Company’s finances were ignored by the government.

The Public Accounts Committee and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee also conducted inquiries into the charity. The PAC published its findings in November, concluding that the government "never seriously questioned" its funding of the charity.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee heard evidence about the charity and its practices from ministers, former ministers and Batmanghelidjh and the charity’s former chair Alan Yentob, which led to many critical articles in the national media. The PACA plans to publish its findings in 2016.

This year saw other prominent charities announce their closure, including Involve Yorkshire and Humber , the Community Development Foundation, the women's charity Eaves, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and Drugscope. Cyrenians Cymru also shut after its funds were frozen following allegations of fraud and two subsequent arrests.

The proposed introduction by the government of a national living wage led to warnings about the potential cost to the voluntary sector: one study claimed the policy could cost charities £500m by the end of 2020. Charity leaders have also warned that charities delivering public services face closure unless changes are made to the national living wage.

Departing chief executives in 2015 included Prostate Cancer UK’s Owen Sharp, Martin Blackwell from the Charity Retail Association and Mike Baker from World Animal Protection. Save the Children’s Justin Forsyth announced he will leave in February 2016.

There were a number of big hires: Anita Tiessen became chief executive of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts; Girish Menon took the top role at ActionAid; and Kate Mavor became chief executive of the English Heritage.

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