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Charity chief's salary bombshell will hit donations

I was mortified to learn that the chief executive of mental health charity Praxis Care, Nevin Ringland, earns a staggering £210,000 (News, March 13).

To put this in perspective: in comparison with some other leading UK charities, the chief executive of the British Red Cross, Sir Nick Young, saw his pay jump by 12% to £184,000, the former chief executive of Oxfam, Lady Stocking, earned £119,560 and the top-paid executive at Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella, a former chief executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, was paid £126,072.

Thus, Nevin Ringland's salary is considerably more generous than any of these. In fact, it must be one of the highest salaries achieved by a UK charity chief executive.

Recently, William Shawcross, the chairman of the Charity Commission in England and Wales, warned that charities were risking their reputations if they were not being seen to get a grip on boardroom excess.

He remarked: "It is not for the commission to tell charities how much they should pay their executives. That is a matter for their trustees.

"However, in these difficult times, trustees should consider whether very high salaries are really appropriate and fair to both the donors and the taxpayers who fund charities. Disproportionate salaries risk bringing organisations and the wider charitable world into disrepute."

Presently, I am checking through the list of charities I used to support and will be reviewing my donations in the light of this revelation.

I imagine, as a result of this, many like myself, who used to donate to street collections, will be crossing to the other side of the street to avoid the "chuggers" in future.

ELSA BRABANT

Holywood, Co Down

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