The Charity Commission has appointed Geoff Carton-Kelly as interim manager of development charity Jole Rider Friends, after it suspended trustees following “continued concerns about the charity’s governance”.
Carton-Kelly will take full control of the day-to-day management and administration of the charity until the Commission makes a further order.
The group originally opened a statutory inquiry into the charity on 5 September 2017, to address significant regulatory concerns, which included outstanding annual accounts and concerns about potentially unauthorised payments to trustees and inadequate stock control.
According to the Commission, interim managers are appointed to take over the running of a charity where it has “identified misconduct or mismanagement”, or there is a need to protect the charity’s property.
A statement by the group read: “Although the trustees have since submitted the outstanding accounts, the Commission continues to have serious regulatory concerns regarding the charity’s governance, in particular relating to management of conflicts of interest and risk to the charity’s property.”