Former NCVO chief received severance pay of three months’ salary when he left the umbrella body

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Karl Wilding, former chief executive of NCVO, received severance pay of almost £ 28,000 when he left the umbrella body earlier this year.

Wilding resigned with immediate effect from his post as NCVO chief executive in January after 18 months in that post and 23 years with the organization so that someone who “was not part of the past” could take over.

He remained with the NCVO until the end of March to accompany the transfer to Acting Director General Sarah Vibert.

A week after the departure of Wilding, Third sector saw a report concluding that staff from all marginalized groups faced “overt oppression” at all levels of the organization.

The report, compiled last year by outside consultants, found evidence of “bullying and harassment” on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability occurring “with impunity”, leaving members of minority groups feel “in danger at work”.

He also exposed the “overt and covert oppression,” favoritism and “institutional lighting” of lower-level staff.

The NCVO has denied that the report contributed to Wilding’s resignation.

The coordinating body’s latest accounts, for the year ending late March, show Wilding received severance pay of £ 27,700 upon leaving the organization, bringing his total salary for the year to over 180 £ 000.

The NCVO said the total package consisted of a salary of £ 120,000 plus employers’ NA, pension contributions, paid time off due and severance pay.

Asked why Wilding received the severance pay, an NCVO spokesperson said: “After his resignation, it was agreed with the board that Karl works until the end of the exercise.

“It was to take the time for a good handover, but as it was a time of great changes within the organization and the sector, also to ensure that the new strategy and new structure could integrate quickly from the start of the new fiscal year, to ensure the organization remained stable and forward-looking.

“The board agreed that at the end of this transfer period, he would receive severance pay equivalent to three additional months of salary when he left NCVO, which he did on March 31, 2021.

“We believed it was the right move to ensure the success of a vital but short transfer period, while establishing the new structure and management team as quickly as possible. “

The accounts show that Susan Cordingley, deputy chief executive of NCVO, received a ‘payment in lieu of notice’ of £ 22,455 when she left the organization on February 1.

The NCVO spokeswoman said Cordingley handed in her opinion last summer, but stayed to support the organization in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“When Susan’s replacement (Laura Crandley, Director of Finance and Services) was hired, she was able to start in January, so after a transfer period, Susan left and was paid in lieu of notice,” said the spokesperson.

The accounts also show that the parent body recorded significantly better financial performance than expected during the year.

The NCVO had said in early 2020 that it planned to run a deficit of £ 1.3million in 2020/21 due to the pandemic, but although revenue fell by £ 1.6million compared to the previous year at £ 7.5million it ended up with a surplus of £ 84,000 before investment gains.

Trading revenue was down £ 2.1million from a year ago, mainly due to the impact of coronavirus-related restrictions on areas such as training, events and room rentals. meeting.

But the charity cut spending and received nearly £ 500,000 from the government’s coronavirus job-retention program.

An organization-wide restructuring resulted in the reduction of 20 positions, including nine compulsory layoffs and 11 voluntary, reducing the workforce to 87 positions.

This included Megan Griffith Gray, chief strategy and transformation officer, who was fired at the end of the year with severance pay of £ 35,500 after 18 years with the NCVO.

The charity recorded expenditure of £ 339,000 in dismissal costs.

The NCVO said it saw a record number of new members joining the organization in 2020/21, showing growth of 7.1% during the year to exceed 16,000.

He said membership continued to grow beyond the end of the fiscal year and stood at nearly 16,800.

Priya Singh, President of NCVO, said the history of the umbrella body over the past year reflected the experience of many in the wider charitable sector.

“We have seen the demand for our services and resources increase, while many of our income-generating activities have had to stop,” she said.

“We have also undertaken a strategy review with members and a consequent restructuring, to ensure that we are delivering the best value for members and a sustainable future for NCVO.

“I watched with amazement as our dedicated team supporting members and wider civil society go from overnight delivery in person to remote delivery.

“Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved during an incredibly difficult and difficult time, we were able to end the year in a better financial position than expected, with a small surplus before the investment gains, and we felt secure. able to reimburse staff so that all receive their full contractual salary for 2020/21.

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