Charity Commission seeking to appoint new trustees at religious charity

The Charity Commission is looking to appoint new trustees at a religious charity it is investigating for mismanagement.

The move comes after the regulator’s bid to appoint an interim manager to the charity, the Sikh Channel Community Broadcasting Company, was overturned at a charity tribunal.

The regulator is now inviting trustee applications from those with experience of broadcasting, finance, charity fundraising and governance.

The charity is based in Birmingham and aims to promote religious and charity work in the Sikh community, which includes broadcasting via the satellite television Sikh Channel.

“To progress its inquiry and address the misconduct and/or mismanagement in the charity’s administration, the Commission is seeking to appoint additional trustees to the charity,” said the regulator.

“The Commission is inviting applications particularly from those with experience in broadcasting, finance, and/or charity fundraising and governance.

“As the charity is based in Birmingham and exists to advance the Sikh faith, the Commission is also interested to hear from those in or close to Birmingham and familiar with the Sikh faith.”

The commission had appointed an interim manager to take over the running of the charity from the trustees in March this year. But following a legal challenge by the charity trustees this was quashed in July.

“The Commission’s intention is therefore to pursue the alternative approach of appointing new trustees,” said the regulator.

The Charity Commission opened its inquiry into the charity last November amid concerns over its governance, potential conflicts of interest and its financial management.

Applicants are urged to apply with a cover letter and CV by 16 October to sikhchanneltrustees@charitycommission.gov.uk

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