Terrence Higgins Trust chair resigns following employment tribunal defeat

The departure of Robert Glick comes after the tribunal found the HIV/Aids charity had unfairly dismissed its former chief executive Rosemary Gillespie

Robert Glick
Robert Glick

The chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust has resigned after an employment tribunal ruled that the charity had unfairly dismissed its former chief executive.

Robert Glick told the board of the HIV/Aids charity last night that he would stand down and will hand over to his successor at the charity's annual general meeting in November.

It comes a week after an employment tribunal found that the charity had unfairly dismissed Rosemary Gillespie, its former chief executive, because she tried to blow the whistle about the inappropriate behaviour of a trustee and other issues at the charity. 

Glick, who has been chair of the charity for the past two years and is a vice president of the credit card company American Express, said in a statement today that new board leadership was needed to take the charity forward.

"In the meantime, I will remain entirely committed to this organisation that I cherish, and above all to the people Terrence Higgins Trust is here to support," he said.

"I offer my on-going support and best wishes to all the charity’s remarkable staff and volunteers, whose dedication and commitment to improving the lives of people affected by HIV continues to impress and inspire me."

The charity will begin an external recruitment process with the aim of appointing Glick's successor at its AGM in November.

Gillespie’s dismissal in July 2015 came three months after she received a glowing email from Glick in which he said he wanted to "underscore what a tremendous pleasure it has been, and I know will continue to be, to work with you".

He claimed at the tribunal that he did have serious doubts about Gillespie’s performance at the time of sending the email and it was intended to boost her confidence.

But the tribunal rejected the claim and said his explanation seemed to be "an inaccurate after-the-event rationalisation" that indicated "an attempt to show that performance was in issue in April 2015 when, as we have found, the reality was that it was not".

Paul Jenkins, the charity’s former vice chair, stood down from the charity before the judgment in the case was announced.

He had been accused during the case of attempting to kiss and grab the crotch of a senior member of THT staff after a fundraising auction in aid of the charity.

Ian Green, chief executive of THT, said in a statement today: "Robert has provided inspired leadership to the trust at board level over many years, and has led the trust through challenging times, committing significant time, energy, passion and commitment to his various roles."

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