Tom Henderson understood to have stepped down as trustee of new charity

A 62-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fraud and money-laundering offences in relation to ShelterBox has resigned from his position at Shelter for Humanity

Tom Henderson
Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson, the founder and former chief executive of ShelterBox, is understood to have stepped down as a trustee of Shelter for Humanity, the disaster relief charity that he set up in April.

Earlier this month, the police arrested a 62-year-old man believed to be Henderson on suspicion of fraud and money-laundering offences at ShelterBox. He was one of three men who were arrested and bailed until December as part of a continuing fraud inquiry involving ShelterBox.

Henderson founded ShelterBox in 2000 but left his post as chief executive in July 2012 after a row about an allegation that he tried to place an order worth £650,000 with a company connected to his son John. He was dismissed for gross misconduct, but last year began proceedings to take ShelterBox to an employment tribunal.

In April this year, Henderson announced that he had set up a new disaster relief charity, Shelter for Humanity, registered with the Charity Commission under the name the Jane Henderson Foundation, a charity set up in memory of his wife, who died last August.

The Charity Commission said in a statement that it had contacted the Jane Henderson Foundation about the arrest of one its trustees and had been informed that the individual had "resigned from his position at the charity".

The statement said: "At the time that the foundation applied to be registered, the application raised concerns with our registration team as the listed chair of trustees was known to the commission to be a dismissed chief executive of another charity.

"As a charity defined in law and with trustees who at that time were eligible for trusteeship, the commission was obliged to register the foundation. However, we have been carefully monitoring the charity since. We continue to be in contact with the remaining trustees of the charity and have requested further information from them in light of our concerns about the charity."

No one from Shelter for Humanity could be reached for comment, but Henderson’s picture remains on its website.

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