Who are the directors of charity UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion Ltd?

  1. There are serious unexplained inconsistencies in the public record for the directors, who are also the trustees, of military charity UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion Ltd – their number and identity. Further, there’s evidence suggesting that the current three directors aren’t really independent. Meanwhile, two of the three years of accounts filed at the Charity Commission are “qualified” – and for worrying reasons. Another red flag: these two accounts were late, too. The persistent refusal of the charity to answer legitimate questions about its governance and related matters only adds to the concern. It isn’t a member of Cobseo either.
  2. London-based UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion Ltd provides food and accommodation to, and advances the care of, ex-service personnel. It was founded by James Jukes, who received a MBE in June 2015 for services to the homeless.
  3. Before registration as a charity, UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion Ltd was set up by Mr Jukes as a private limited company, limited by guarantee, in May 2010 (registered company number: 07247070). The company’s “articles of association” stipulate that there must be at least three directors.
  4. On 16 September 2010, it was registered as a charity (registered charity number: 1138073). To date UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion Ltd has filed three years of accounts at the Charity Commission.
  5. The first accounts filed there – on time – were for financial year ending (FYE) 31 May 2013. The linked trustees’ annual report (TAR) shows three directors, as per the stipulation in the articles of association: J W Jukes, J D P Donovan and J P Fletcher. J W Jukes is James Jukes.
  6. The first serious unexplained inconsistency in the public record for the directors occurs in the contemporaneous annual return to Companies House, made up to 7 May 2013. Despite the stipulation in the articles of association, this shows one director only, Mr Jukes. The company directors are also the trustees of the charity. Despite the TAR, the Charity Commission public register, too, at that time showed one trustee only, Mr Jukes.
  7. The company secretary then was Samantha Guile, according to the annual return to Companies House.
  8. The second accounts filed at the commission, for FYE 31 May 2014, were 171 days late. Late accounts are a red flag, a sign of a badly-run charity. The linked TAR now shows four directors: J Jukes, Miss M Thorpe (appointed 6 November 2014), D J Dwyer and J D P Donovan. The first thing to note is the undocumented and unexplained disappearance of J P Fletcher. The second is two new directors; one, D J Dwyer, without date of appointment.
  9. So four directors in the TAR, but once again Mr Jukes was the sole director, according to the contemporaneous annual return to Companies House, made up to 7 May 2014. And despite the TAR, the Charity Commission public register, too, continued to show him as sole trustee.
  10. The TAR also shows a new company secretary, Mrs S Jukes, without date of appointment. Similarly, the disappearance of Ms Guile in that role isn’t recorded.
  11. However, the company information at Companies House shows that the appointment of the new company secretary and the termination of appointment for her predecessor were each notified on the relevant form.
  12. Similarly, UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion Ltd filed there an appointment form for new director Miss Thorpe – but not for the apparent other new director, D J Dwyer. It also failed to file a termination of appointment for director J P Fletcher.
  13. The second accounts are “qualified” – and for a worrying reason. Qualified accounts are accounts questioned by an independent assessor. The independent examiner’s qualified statement raises serious questions about the charity and its management, financial and otherwise.
  14. The third and latest accounts filed at the Charity Commission, for FYE 31 May 2015, were again late – this time by 61 days. The linked TAR now shows five directors: J Jukes, Miss M Thorpe (appointed 6 November 2014), D J Dwyer (resigned 31 May 2016), J D P Donovan (resigned 31 May 2016) and Mrs S Jukes (appointed 31 May 2016). As you can see, the TAR now specifies date of resignation for the two directors who left, D J Dwyer and J D P Donovan.
  15. The contemporaneous annual return to Companies House was made up to 7 May 2015. Yet this now reports two directors only, Mr Jukes and Miss Thorpe. And despite the TAR, the Charity Commission public register, too, then listed these two as trustees.
  16. If, as stated in the TAR, both D J Dwyer and J D P Donovan resigned 31 May 2016, each should still be listed as a director in the annual return to Companies House made up to 7 May 2015. But neither is there.
  17. Another omission: the company didn’t file at Companies House a termination of appointment for either D J Dwyer or J D P Donovan. But it did file there an appointment form for new director Mrs S Jukes.
  18. Again, the third accounts are “qualified” – and also for a worrying reason.
  19. So at date of publication the company has three directors: Mr Jukes, Miss Thorpe and Mrs S Jukes, according to the definitive officer information filed at Companies House. The Charity Commission public register, too, now specifies these three as trustees.
  20. As we know, Miss Thorpe was appointed as a director 6 November 2014, according to both her appointment form filed at Companies House and the director information in the TARs. Yet at date of publication her LinkedIn page claims that she’s been a director since September 2010 – the charity was registered 16 September 2010, remember. Her September 2010 director claim isn’t new: see the page at September 2015, for example (screen shot in Figure 1).

    Figure 1. Michelle Thorpe LinkedIn page at 8 September 2015

    Figure 1. Michelle Thorpe LinkedIn page at 8 September 2015

  21. Another issue: are the current three directors really independent? There’s evidence online that Mr Jukes and Miss Thorpe are in a relationship. They often appear in photos as if a couple: see Miss Thorpe’s Facebook page, for instance (screen shot in Figure 2). There it says she’s been a director since 2010, too. I’ve asked public contact Mr Jukes in emails whether they’re in a relationship. He hasn’t responded. Similarly, it is reasonable to infer that director and company secretary Mrs S Jukes could be a relation of Mr Jukes. Again, he’s declined to comment.

    Figure 2. Michelle Thorpe Facebook page at 12 July 2016

    Figure 2. Michelle Thorpe Facebook page at 12 July 2016

  22. Mr Jukes styles himself as Pearly King of Camberwell and Bermondsey; Miss Thorpe Pearly Queen of Rotherhithe. There are photos online of them together in costume at events etc.
  23. The persistent refusal of the charity to answer legitimate questions about its governance and related matters only adds to the concern. Further, it isn’t a member of the official umbrella organisation for military charities, the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo).

Daily Mirror’s Andrew Penman uses another of my investigations

  1. On 7 July 2016, Andrew Penman used my investigation of unregistered charities on the government’s Universal Jobmatch website (see previous post) in his column in The Daily Mirror. I’m also quoted in his report.
  2. Penman’s report (“Charities should register for site”) doesn’t seem to be available on the newspaper’s website. Here therefore is a scanned copy of the page: Penman OGA.