Public confidence in the charity has been rocked by a series of revelations
Hannah Ingram-Moore gave just £2,000 of an £18,000 appearance fee to the to the Captain Tom Foundation – the charity she created in her late father’s name.
She was paid by Virgin Media to judge The Virgin Media O2 Captain Tom Foundation Connector Award at the Ashton Vale Club for Young People in Bristol last year but admitted only a fraction of her appearance fee went to the charity.
In a TV interview she said: She said: “That relationship with Virgin Media started way back in 2020. My father was paid to be a judge, and judges are often paid.
“I was doing it with him, because of course he couldn’t do it by himself. That relationship continued and they asked me to keep working with them.
“All of those discussions were happening even before I was imagining being interim CEO. So those plans were already in place.’
She added: “I think in hindsight what I should have done was stalled that relationship with Virgin O2 to afterwards.”
The foundation is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission and lawyers acting for the family say it will close for good once the probe ends.
It comes as the family lost an appeal to build a spa at their Grade II listed property in Marston Moretaine, Bedforshire.
Despite being refused planning permission, they went ahead and built the spa and have been told to demolish it.
Previously, the Charity Commission had stepped in to stop the foundation from employing Ingram-Moore as chief executive on a salary of £100,000, saying it was “neither reasonable nor justifiable”.
She was subsequently employed on a salary of £85,000 a year.