Charity boss under investigation by regulator over his ‘autocratic’ leadership and ‘inflated ego’ – What We Know!

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, a network of fundraising cafes, has attracted widespread acclaim in recent years for his efforts to help end homelessness

A charity activist hailed by Prince Harry and supported by celebrities together with George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio is below investigation over claims he misused energy and acted like an ‘autocrat’.

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Chunk, a community of fundraising cafes, has attracted widespread acclaim lately for his efforts to assist finish homelessness.

His work has seen him increase tens of hundreds of kilos and he was even handed a Delight of Britain award, all whereas usually being serenaded by the good and the nice of Hollywood.

Nevertheless, complaints over his alleged conduct have now been lodged with the Workplace of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), in line with the Occasions.

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Chunk, a community of fundraising cafes, has attracted widespread acclaim lately for his efforts to assist finish homelessness

His work has seen him raise tens of thousands of pounds and he was even handed a Pride of Britain award, all while regularly being serenaded by the great and the good of Hollywood (pictured with Leonardo DiCaprio)

His work has seen him increase tens of hundreds of kilos and he was even handed a Delight of Britain award, all whereas usually being serenaded by the good and the nice of Hollywood (pictured with Leonardo DiCaprio)

Actor George Clooney (L) during a visit to Social Bite sandwich shop, where he met owners Alice Thompson, (C) Josh Littlejohn (R) and former homeless staff members on November 12, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Actor George Clooney (L) throughout a go to to Social Chunk sandwich store, the place he met house owners Alice Thompson, (C) Josh Littlejohn (R) and former homeless employees members on November 12, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Complaints over Josh Littlejohn's (pictured with Will Smith in 2019) alleged conduct have now been lodged with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), according to the Times

Complaints over Josh Littlejohn’s (pictured with Will Smith in 2019) alleged conduct have now been lodged with the Workplace of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), in line with the Occasions

Corporations Home paperwork present there have been a string of resignations at Social Chunk in current months, together with administrators Alice Thompson and Marjory Rodger, earlier than Littlejohn himself stepped down in February.

The social enterprise’s former chief govt for Scotland, Jane Bruce, lodged formal complaints over claims that Littlejohn was establishing a robust ‘autocratic’ maintain over the organisation, and trustees felt unable to carry him to account, the Occasions studies.

A supply stated: ‘The wonderful work that Social Chunk does is at risk of being tarnished by the actions and inflated ego of 1 particular person.’ 

Littlejohn, 35, has labored intently with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prior to now, serving meals collectively when the couple visited Social Chunk’s Edinburgh premises in 2018.

The prince shook palms with the activist and is claimed to have requested him: ‘When are you bringing this down south? It must be throughout the UK as quickly as potential.’

A spokesman for the OSCR instructed MailOnline it has obtained issues concerning the charity and is inspecting them, in line with its revealed insurance policies. 

Sir Andrew Cubie, chairman of Social Chunk, instructed the paper: ‘We are able to affirm that we’re in communication with OSCR regarding issues they’ve obtained. According to OSCR’s coverage we’re unable to supply any additional info right now. 

‘Below my chairmanship, Social Chunk adheres to the very best ranges of governance. Despite the worldwide pandemic, the charity has gone from energy to energy.’

MailOnline has approached Social Chunk for additional remark.