Save the Children, 21st December 2018
A spokesperson for the Board of Trustees of Save the Children UK said: ‘We on the Board are grateful for Peter’s passionate commitment to our important cause and his unwavering dedication as Chair over the past three years in steering the charity through some difficult times.’
Mr Bennett-Jones said: ‘It has been a privilege to work with the staff and supporters of Save the Children UK, helping millions of deprived and marginalised children to survive and thrive in some of the most hostile environments in the world. After three years as Chair, I believe a change will help the organisation best tackle the complex challenges it faces.’
Mr Bennett-Jones had planned to step down later in 2019 but brought forward his departure after an independent investigation into complaints about remarks he made during recent discussions with staff about the charity’s future direction.
The charity found his remarks could have been perceived as being at odds with the organisation’s response to a review of its working culture earlier in the year. Mr Bennett-Jones recognised this and has apologised for any upset he caused.
The Board of Save the Children UK said: ‘The Trustees do not doubt Peter’s support for – and commitment to – the charity’s continuing efforts to strengthen its culture.’
An interim chair will be appointed next month.
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