The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has appointed an Interim Manager to leading Black Pentecostal church, Christ Embassy. Utilising its powers, the Commission appointed Mr Rod Weston of Mazars as Interim Manager of the charity in August – to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees – as a temporary and protective measure.
An inquiry into the charity was launched in July, after serious concerns were raised about its financial management, with particular concerns about large payments. A books and records inspection has been carried out, and the regulator has obtained information from and met with the trustees; however, the regulator’s concerns about the financial management of the charity have not been resolved.
The appointed Interim Manager has taken over the management of the charity, including its staff, assets, interests and relations with third parties. They have discharged the functions of the charity’s trusts, and will take any steps necessary to secure and take control of the charity’s assets. The religious activities of the charity are not affected and the Interim Manager is working with the pastors to ensure this remains the case.
It is the Commission’s normal practice to publish a report on its website on conclusion of an inquiry, setting out what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry, and what the outcomes were.