Charity Commission opens Statutory Inquiry into the Swimming Teachers Association
Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Swimming
Teachers' Association (STA) amidst reports of improper governance.
Founded in 1932, the charity's main mission is to promote the
effective teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival
techniques. With 30 countries now adopting its training
standards, the charity has grown to employ more than 50 people with
income growing to over £2.2million according to its latest accounts
filed with the Charity Commission in 2014.
Charity Commission has decided to exercise its discretion under
section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 (CA 2011) which grants the
commission the power to institute inquiries. By opening such an
inquiry, the charity commission has access to a wide range of
investigative, protective and remedial legal powers. These can
include the power to obtain statements and accounts by statutory
declaration under section 47 CA 2011 and can order search warrants
if approved by a Justice of the Peace under section 48.
launching the investigation on 1st July, the commission stated that
the investigation would mainly consider the governance of the
charity. It will also extend to the activities of the charity's
trustees, officers, agents and employees.
Underpinning the investigation has been
the proposed organisational changes which have been deemed by the
commission to be a potential risk to the charity's assets due to
the lack of clarity regarding how they would benefit the charity's
interests. It will also investigate whether the charity had claimed
rates relief improperly for the property it owns.
Additionally, the commission's
examination will consider the trustees' oversight and involvement
in the recruitment, selection, and remuneration of the charity's
senior management. This comes as its latest accounts filed with the
Charity Commission in 2014, documented the charity's Chief
Executive earning almost £210,000 a year in addition to eight
trustees being remunerated for at least £8,000 in
Following, the announcement of the
inquiry, the STA confirmed that its Trustees had immediately
contacted the Charity Commission in June following serious concerns
regarding the management of the charity.
its statement, the commission said that since the opening of its
investigation, the Trustees had fully co-operated and have
submitted a serious report form. It has also reiterated that the
inquiry itself is not evidence of wrongdoing but merely a process
of ascertaining whether management of the charity has been
Posted on: 26/08/2015
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