Peter Bennett-Jones, chair of Save the Children, will step down from his role this month (January 2019), after an investigation into complaints over remarks he made during discussions with staff about the charity’s future direction.
The charity said his remarks could have been perceived as “being at odds with the organisation’s response to a review of its working culture earlier in the year”, and Bennett-Jones said he “recognised” this and has apologised for any upset he caused.
He said that after three years as chair he believe a “change will help the organisation best tackle the complex challenges it faces”, and an interim chair will be appointed during the month.
He added: “It has been a privilege to work with the staff and supporters of Save the Children UK, helping millions of deprived and marginalised children to survive and thrive in some of the most hostile environments in the world.”
Commenting on his departure, a spokesperson for the board of trustees of Save the Children UK said: “We on the board are grateful for Peter’s passionate commitment to our important cause and his unwavering dedication as chair over the past three years in steering the charity through some difficult times.”