MD of JustGiving leaves the company amid accusations of harassment

The online fundraising platform has confirmed the departure of Neil Bannister, three months after a newspaper alleged he had been suspended for harassing a member of staff

Neil Bannister
Neil Bannister

The managing director of JustGiving has left the online donation platform three months after the company confirmed it was investigating an employee complaint.

In July, The Guardian newspaper alleged that Neil Bannister had been suspended after being accused of harassing a member of staff on a company night out at the Lord Nelson pub in Southwark, south London.

At the time, JustGiving confirmed that an investigation was under way, but would not identify the member of staff being investigated or the nature of the complaint.

A JustGiving spokesman told Third Sector yesterday: "JustGiving can confirm that Neil Bannister is no longer employed within our company."

Third Sector was unable to reach Bannister for comment.

Asked whether JustGiving could confirm why Bannister had left or whether he had received a pay-off, the spokesman said he was unable to comment further on individual staffing matters.

He said the company would continue under the leadership of Jerry Needel, global president of JustGiving, and Keith Williams, general manager of JustGiving UK and Ireland.

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

In July, a spokesman for JustGiving said the company took the safety and wellbeing of its team extremely seriously and would "take appropriate action in line with our company policies" when the investigation against the unnamed employee was concluded.

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

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