According to the former Chairman of Trustees for The Ashley Foundation, Roy Leonard Alleway (who was elevated to the role of Chairman after long-term Chair of Trustees Paul Austen Bamber ceased being a Director in June 2016 after 19 years) confirmed in the company’s most recent set of accounts that Lee Dribben is a Shadow Director.
Alleway wrote: “Our CEO manages everything so the trustees can sleep soundly at night.”
Alleway’s appointment as a Director was terminated on 13 November 2017.
Dribben, who is best-known as a proficient Poker player, is the Company Secretary and has been since The Ashley Foundation was founded in May 1997.
It would appear that the Directors, including Wendy Anne Swift, David Kam, Ashley Samuel Dribben (Lee Dribben’s son), Neville Walter Bramhall and Ronald Bell may have made a false Statement when they collectively confirmed that they knew of no person or entity with significant control.
On 19 April 2017 the Directors confirmed that “the company knows or has reasonable cause to believe that there is no registrable person or registrable relevant legal entity in relation to the company.”
Clearly, Dribben, who is not a Director, has significant control over the company, which is a registered UK Charity that receives the bulk of its income from public funds.
Essentially, the Trustees of The Ashley Foundation rubber-stamp the whims of Dribben and provide him with the appearance of an arms-length management structure, while leaving the Trustees on the hook for any failure or wrong-doing.
Just why Dribben continues to refuse to be appointed a Director is anyone’s guess, but it could have something to do with the compulsory strike-off of Cal-Neva Limited and Anglo-Nevada Limited, two gambling/casino related companies previously run by Dribben.
The Charity Commission should take a close look at The Ashley Foundation.