The charity behind the Icon Awards and Charity Champions say they were not told of the charges facing Chief Executive and Chair, Scott Barclay, until 2 weeks ago.

The bank worker, who was sentenced this week after admitting he took £10,000 from his workplace, continued to represent the charity at public events until stepping down voluntarily late last year. The cash was taken at TSB’s St Vincent Street branch in Glasgow where Barclay worked as a manager, but it’s understood the money was returned immediately, never leaving the branch, with Barclay handing himself in to Police the same day. It’s at this point Barclay unveiled a blackmail plot against him to the authorities.

A spokesperson for Big Impact told us,

“Scott Barclay is no longer involved with Big Impact and stepped down last year after a brief tenure as event consultant. Big Impact were saddened to hear of a previous workplace incident involving Scott Barclay, and were unaware of this until the 28th of January 2018 when publicised. Scott will have no further involvement with Big Impact.”

Despite being described as an ‘event consultant’, questions remain why Trustees were happy to acknowledge Barclay publicly as the Chief Executive of the charity at both the Icon Awards and Charity Champions.

A spokesperson for Big Impact continued,

“Big Impact has investigated and been satisfied that this incident is isolated and has had no bearing on fundraising initiatives with us in the past. A new Chair of Icon [Awards] and a Head of Charity are being appointed currently and Big Impact will be in a position to announce some of these next week. These exciting appointments will drive forward the vision of Big Impact and support Scotland’s charities with funds being released as early as March 2018.”

In a separate statement to Scene Radio, the charity also thanked Barclay for making their events ‘hugely successful’,

“Big Impact are grateful to Scott for his voluntary contribution towards the Icon Awards over the last 3 years and making the event hugely successful. The Icon Awards now belong to Big Impact as a fundraising event and have done since early 2017.”

Barclay received 250hrs of unpaid work to be completed over the next year from the Sheriff.

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