parkrun discovers undeclared payments between clothing brand & former CEO

Welcome to parkrun sign. Photo: Howard Lake
Welcome to parkrun signal. Photograph: Howard Lake

The payments resulted from a consultancy arrangement concerning CONTRA and the then CEO Nick Pearson, which he unsuccessful to declare to trustees or colleagues.

Pearson has now repaid the revenue in entire to parkrun and will cover the fees of the investigation.

In a statement on Twitter, Pearson apologised and admitted a ‘huge mistake of judgement’ and breach of have confidence in, and explained:


“I have let a great deal of men and women down and I fully grasp the disappointment and anger that will cause. Rebuilding have confidence in will be a quite very long method, but I dedicate to executing anything I can to make this materialize. I will proceed to completely cooperate with parkrun’s legal associates exactly where expected.”

Sporting activities clothes brand name CONTRA was developed by parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, and launched in 2018. It supports parkrun with revenue going to the charity to assistance continue to keep it totally free for members in its runs.  

Parkrun’s new CEO uncovered the irregularity when liaising with the brand name, and described it to trustees. The trustees have sought tips from unbiased experienced advisers, together with lawful and accountancy firms, and noted it to the regulator.

In a assertion on its internet site, posted on 23 June, parkrun Chair of Trustees Gavin Megaw mentioned that the incident had ‘significantly challenged our trust’, describing:

“Pearson had an undisclosed and unapproved arrangement by which he was getting a commission from a 3rd get together provider in regard to the development of the clothes manufacturer CONTRA in 2018. At no place was this conflict of interest disclosed to the Trustees or any person else concerned in parkrun.”

The statement provides:

“The impartial investigations have not determined any other regions of issue. Nick Pearson has repaid the cash in total to parkrun. He has also fully commited to masking the costs of the investigation.”

Pearson experienced been due to consider up the Chair of Trustees function at GoodGym. In a assertion on its Facebook website page, the organisation said that this would now not be getting spot ‘Due to details we have a short while ago been produced informed of’, and that current Chair Paul Miller would proceed in the position while its board decides on up coming measures.