The Charity Commission has discharged the interim manager of Muslim Aid, granting the CEO, Jehangir Malik, and the new board of trustees the responsibility for overseeing the charity.
Interim manager, Michael King, was appointed to take on the management of Muslim Aid while the regulator opened a statutory inquiry to examine a number of financial irregularities relating to the areas of the charity’s overseas activity.
King has now been discharged, leaving the new board of trustees, along with the CEO Jehangir Malik and his senior team to control the charity.
The Commission said the team, along with the trustees, will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of future improvements required to ensure that the charity moves forward in a compliant manner and on a positive footing to continue its charity work.
The regulator first opened the inquiry in November 2013, and in January 2015, it issued an order requiring the charity to improve its governance and financial management. The charity was given 12 months to comply with the order.
However, during the monitoring phase, the Commission said it “became clear” the charity was “not able to resolve matters and comply with the order itself”.
As a result, in October 2016 the Commission used its powers to appoint Michael King as IM of the charity. Around the same time, the charity also appointed Malik as chief executive, who committed to working with the IM and resolving matters.
Since Malik’s appointment, he has conducted a thorough governance and infrastructure review of the charity and its activities.
The Commission will be shortly closing its investigation and issuing an action plan to the new trustees to ensure that they build on the good progress made so far and continue to improve the charity’s governance and financial management, especially those relating to the management of Muslim Aid CIO’s country offices.
The Commission will monitor the charity’s continued progress to ensure it complies with the action plan. The regulator will consider further use of its statutory powers if the charity does not continue to make timely and sufficient progress or fails to comply with the action plan.