Government to seek disqualification for Kids Company directors

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 1, 2017

FORMER Kids Company bosses Camila Batmanghelidjh and ex BBC chief Alan Yentob face six year bans from running companies following the charity's collapse, it emerged last night.

The charity, which provided support to vulnerable young children and young adults, collapsed in 2015 just a month after being awarded a £3m grant from the government following allegations of mismanagement.

In a statement this afternoon a spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Insolvency Service has written to the former directors of Keeping Kids Company informing them that the Business Secretary intends to bring proceedings to have them disqualified from running or controlling companies for periods of between two-and-a-half and six years".

The Insolvency Service has written to the former directors to tell them that the business secretary, Greg Clark, intends to bring disqualification proceedings against them.

Yentob is now a director of I am Curious...

Mr Yentob is a former BBC creative director, while Mr Handover was previously a boss of WH Smith.

The government will also bring the same case against founder Batmanghelidjh.

Commenting on the development, Nick Moser, head of corporate recovery at lawyers Taylor Wessing, said that director disqualifications did not happen that often, since the Insolvency Service's limited resources meant it could only usually follow a high value or high profile collapse.

The move could force Mr Yentob to surrender the running of the TV production company he set up past year. None of the others are listed as trustees of any other charities.

As well as Yentob, Handover and Batmanghelidjh, the nine include Sunetra Atkinson, Erica Bolton, Vincent O'Brien, Francesca Robinson, Jane Tyler and Andrew Webster.

A separate review by the Charity Commission into Kids Company is ongoing.

In another MPs probe, Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the influential Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, added that Batmanghelidjh had ministers "in her thrall" with her "powerful personality" allowing her to become an expert at controlling people.

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