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Sacking prompts international affiliates to suspend cash transfers

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

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The sacking of Tom Henderson sparked a furious response from some of the charity's international affiliates which threatened to freeze the charity's funds abroad.

Within hours of Mr Henderson's dismissal on July 24, some of the charity's affiliates emailed chairman of the trustees Ian Munday raising "serious concerns".

Six days later, two members of ShelterBox's international consultative committee tabled a series of recommendations to the board.

"We are extremely concerned about the manner in which the board have managed this whole affair," they said. "We have grave concerns about the global impact and global consequences to the ShelterBox aims and objectives of this crisis and the lasting credibility of ShelterBox."

They called for Mr Henderson to be reinstated immediately or for the trustees "to agree with him a clear moment when he will move on to the presidential role".

They also demanded that Mr Munday resign immediately with Sir John Banham suggested as his replacement.

The rest of the board, they said, should go by the end of the year, allowing Sir John to appoint "newly selected international board members".

Only that would "save ShelterBox from total public disgrace and disintegration".

The papers suggest that on August 5, three days after Sir John has resigned from the board, eight out of 21 affiliates tabled a motion of no confidence in the board.

It added: "Pending a complete and thorough investigation into the use of resources we: Inform you that, with immediate effect, all money transfers from our affiliate are suspended until matters are resolved in a satisfactory way, so that we are confident that funds are being used to further the work of ShelterBox Trust, namely bringing relief to disaster victims;

"Demand that all financial transactions by ShelterBox International HQ using money provided by our donors through our affiliate organisation are suspended and frozen until we give written permission to resume their use; Furthermore we reserve the right to retain ownership and recovery of any and all materials purchased using our funds.

"And if these demands are not met immediately as of Monday, August 6, we will consider bringing a complaint to the UK Charity Commission against ShelterBox Trust and/or dismantling our national organisation."

It is not known what the outcome of the motion was.

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