In a recent revelation, the Captain Tom Foundation’s accounts have come under scrutiny, shedding light on a substantial £70,000 salary received by Captain Tom Moore’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore. This development emerges amidst concerns of declining charity donations and a watchdog’s intervention that has cast a shadow over the foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Salary and Expenses Disclosure:
The charity’s latest accounts, spanning from August 2021 to April 2022, disclose that Hannah Ingram-Moore received a gross salary of £63,750 during her tenure as the interim chief executive officer. Notably, this salary was approved by the Charity Commission, which had consented to an annual salary of £85,000. In addition to her salary, Ingram-Moore received £7,602 in expense payments covering travel and administration expenses between June 2021 and November 2022.
Payments to Maytrix Group Limited:
Further scrutiny reveals payments exceeding £24,000 made to Maytrix Group Limited for office rental and telephone costs. It is worth noting that Maytrix Group Limited is a company controlled by Ms. Ingram-Moore and her husband, Colin. During the same period, the company incurred staffing costs amounting to nearly £180,000, including wages, social security expenses, and pensions, employing an average of two individuals throughout this timeframe.
Charity Commission’s Intervention:
The Captain Tom Foundation came under the watchful eye of the Charity Commission following concerns raised about its management and independence from Sir Tom’s family in June. A formal inquiry was launched, particularly as a review of the organization became imperative after the passing of the centenarian icon in 2021.
Impact on Charity Donations:
The foundation has emphasized its reliance on donations as a primary source of funding. However, the charity’s financial outlook reveals a significant decline in its total income, which dropped from just over £1 million for the 2021 financial year to £402,854 between June 2021 and November 2022. This stark reduction in income is concerning, given the foundation’s dependence on charitable contributions.
Spa Pool Block Controversy:
Adding to the foundation’s challenges, it ceased accepting donations after Central Bedfordshire Council ordered the demolition of an unauthorized spa pool block at Ms. Ingram-Moore’s residence. The family has raised objections, and an appeal against the order is scheduled for a hearing next month.
The revelation of a £70,000 salary and expense claims by Captain Tom Moore’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, has cast a shadow over the Captain Tom Foundation’s financial transparency and management practices. Coupled with a decline in charity donations and a watchdog’s intervention, the foundation finds itself at a critical juncture, requiring careful scrutiny and evaluation of its operations and governance.