Press release: Interim manager appointed to Manor Building Preservation Trust

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales has appointed an Interim Manager (IM) to the charity Manor Building Preservation Trust Limited (registered charity number 1104318).

On 21 July 2016 the Commission used its powers under section 76 of the Charities Act 2011 to appoint Jonathan Brinsden of Bircham Dyson Bell as IM of the charity. The IM will have all the powers and duties of the trustees and the appointment is to the exclusion of the trustees. This appointment is a temporary and protective measure and will be reviewed by the Commission on a regular basis in line with normal procedures.

The IM is tasked with taking over the operational management, governance and administration of the charity on a temporary basis. The Commission considers that the appointment of an IM is a necessary step to protect the charity’s property and funds.

In addition to taking control of the charity the IM will also:

  • gain vacant possession of property owned by the charity, some of which is currently occupied by the trustees and look at options for dealing with the property in the best interests of the charity
  • determine whether there are any potential claims against the current and former trustees of the charity in relation to any breach of trust
  • examine the terms and validity of the charity’s options for dealing with employment arrangements
  • assess the validity of claims made in relation to any loans made to the charity and settle those claims, if applicable
  • consider whether the charity is pursuing its objects for the public benefit with a view to regularising the charity’s activities or dissolving it, and dispersing its funds according to its governing document
  • pursue litigation as considered appropriate in the charity’s best interests

An inquiry was opened into the charity on 3 June 2016. For further information about this, please see our public statement on the opening of the inquiry on GOV.UK.

It is the Commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the commission are available on GOV.UK.

The charity’s details can be viewed on the Commission’s online charity search tool.



Notes to Editors

  1. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. To find out more about our work, see our annual report.
  2. Search for charities on our online register.
  3. Section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 gives the Commission the power to institute inquiries. The opening of an inquiry gives the Commission access to a range of investigative, protective and remedial legal powers. Section 76(3)(g) of the Act is temporary and protective power available to the Commission after an inquiry has been opened to appoint an Interim Manager. This role is supervised by the Commission in accordance with section 78 of the Act.
  4. The Commission’s decision to announce the opening of a statutory inquiry and the appointment of Interim Managers is based on whether it is in the public interest to do so and with consideration of our objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities.
  5. Bircham Dyson Bell LLP is a multi-disciplinary UK law firm advising private companies, public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations and individuals since 1834. For press enquiries contact / 0207 092 3999

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