Income at St Andrew's Healthcare tops £200m for first time

According to the mental health charity's latest accounts, the chief executive, Gil Baldwin, was paid a total of £433,000 in the year to 31 March

Income at the mental health charity St Andrew's Healthcare has exceeded £200m, the charity’s latest accounts show.

The accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017, which were published by Companies House yesterday, show that income grew to £205.6m, compared with £199.1m the previous year.

In comparison, total expenditure was £199.8m, compared with £191.2m the previous year.

The accounts also show high salaries and bonuses for members of the charity’s executive team.

According to the accounts, the charity’s chief executive, Gil Baldwin, was paid a total salary of £433,000.

This included a basic salary of £328,000, an annual bonus of £43,000 and other benefits amounting to £62,000.

In comparison, Baldwin was paid a total of £489,000 the previous year, including a £99,000 bonus.

The accounts show significant payments to other members of the executive team, including Warren Irving, chief operating officer, who was paid £348,000, including £298,000 basic salary, £17,000 in bonuses, £25,000 in pension benefits and £8,000 in other benefits.

Irving’s salary included a £100,000 termination payment after his departure from the charity on 28 February.

Other members of the executive team who were paid more than £100,000 for the year included the chief finance officer Martin Beer, who got £190,000, and Alice Parshall, chief medical officer, who was paid £225,000.

Martin Kersey, HR director, was paid £195,000, and Dean Howells, executive director of nursing and operations, £162,000.

Overall, 151 staff were paid more than £60,000 by the charity, the accounts show, an increase of seven on the year before.

About £1.3m was spent on redundancy and termination payments, the accounts show, compared with £2.5m the previous year.

The number of staff overall grew from 3,761 to 4,174 in the year covered by the accounts.

A statement from the charity said: "As a charity that cares for more than 800 patients with very complex mental health needs, it is essential that we have strong, inspirational leadership. Our board and court of governors recognise that it’s well worth investing in people with the commercial expertise and vision to drive the charity forward.

"The pay of our senior people is carefully benchmarked to reflect the level of responsibility for their roles. St Andrew’s remuneration committee determines annually the pay and benefits packages of the executive directors, senior managers and clinicians, ensuring that they are fair and reflective of similar salaries outside the charity, and to ensure we recruit and retain the best possible people."

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