The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to Islamic Research Foundation International (registered charity 1122086), a charity which aims to advance the Islamic faith via the Peace TV network.
The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity in April 2020 to examine concerns about its administration and governance, including trustee decision making around continuing to fund Peace TV channels despite breaches of Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code.
The regulator continues to have serious concerns about the administration of the charity. It therefore exercised its powers under the Charities Act 2011 to appoint an Interim Manager, Virginia Henley of Hewitsons LLP, on 29 July 2020.
Her role will be to take on the running of the charity to the exclusion of its trustees including acting as manager of the charity’s property and affairs. She will also be tasked with considering the future viability of the charity.
Interim managers are appointed as a temporary and protective measure where the Commission has identified misconduct and/or mismanagement in the administration of a charity, or where there is a need to protect a charity’s property.
The Commission’s inquiry continues.