Former charity trustees in contempt of court

The High Court has found two former trustees of a Bristol charity in contempt of court after failing to provide information to the charity regulator

The ruling was made against Susan and Raymond Wright, the ex-trustees of the Darren Wright Foundation, a charity set up in 2016 to raise funds to support the families of people with disabilities and life-limiting illnesses.

The High Court ruled in favour of the Charity Commission’s application, finding that the Wrights failed to comply with an order to supply evidence and documentation to the regulator.

This is the first time the regulator has pursued such a case through the courts. The Commission has powers to require individuals to provide information, and failure to do so may amount to contempt of court.

Another hearing is expected to determine the penalty against the two defendants.

The Darren Wright Foundation was first registered with the Charity Commission in 2016 but has not filed accounts since it was set up, missing both the 2017 and 2018 filing dates.

An investigation into the governance and management of the charity by the trustees was first launched in August 2017 following complaints from members of the public about problems accessing promised funds.

The Commission has not yet completed the investigation.

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