New chief executive ordered independent probe
HIV Scotland has undertaken an independent governance review following concerns over spending.
Five board members have stepped down after new chief executive Alastair Hudson replaced Nathan Sparling in January, while six out of seven staff have either resigned or been made redundant.
Complaints were previously raised with OSCR about spending on consultant fees, meeting expenses and salary advances made to Nathan Sparling amounting to £11,000.
Last month Sparling plead not guilty to charges of voyeurism at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Kevin Rowe, HIV Scotland’s former fundraising lead, told Third Sector: “Three staff were abruptly made redundant without any staff consultation, despite external funding being in place for 50% of one member of staff's salary until November 2022 – all three roles were, in my opinion, vital to the organisation.
“The other three, including myself, resigned.
“I could not in good conscience continue to fundraise for an administration which no longer felt aligned with my values and which had, in my opinion, mistreated staff who had fought very hard to make the charity thrive and remain stable throughout a pandemic.
“In the space of just a few weeks, my job turned from one of the best and most productive I've ever had to one of the worst.”
A spokesperson for HIV Scotland said: “Since Alastair’s appointment, an independent governance review has been carried out, and the relevant regulatory bodies, including OSCR, have been engaged.
“The governance review has outlined a series of recommendations which the board will now implement to ensure robust and transparent systems are in place.”
An OSCR spokesperson said: “We have received concerns relating to the charity.
“These concerns are currently being assessed in line with our inquiry guidance. We cannot comment any further at this stage.”