Hamish Ogston Foundation revamps board and plans rebrand

The Hamish Ogston Foundation has said it will be changing its name in the next couple of weeks after allegations of human trafficking were made against its eponymous founder.

… foundation has pledged over £40m to charities since it was created…

Civil Society writes:

Hamish Ogston and his daughter have both resigned from its board, with three trustees appointed since the allegations arose.

Meanwhile, the National Trust has removed Ogston’s name from an apprenticeship scheme his foundation paid £6.2m to fund, although it is still reviewing whether to return the donated money….

New trustees appointed

An investigation published by the Sunday Times earlier this month alleged that millionaire founder Hamish Ogston trafficked women for his private office or the charity.

Ogston retired as a trustee from the foundation earlier this month….

….he no longer has a role in the governance or running of the charity.

His daughter, Isabella Ogston, has also retired as a trustee and member “to allow the Foundation to move forward with fresh leadership” despite having no connection to the allegations.

The foundation has appointed John Rutter and Paul Finch to join Robert Bargery on the board.

National Trust changes the name of its Ogston partnership

The foundation has pledged over £40m to charities since it was created four years ago, although grant recipients have rejected millions since the allegations were reported.

English Heritage rejected a £11.2m donation….

The National Trust, which received a £6.2m donation from the foundation….

….has since removed his name….

A spokesperson for the National Trust said the charity is still reviewing whether to return any charitable funds.

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For more background see Hamish Ogston Foundation

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