The National Rifle Association is a Royal Charter Charity (1859) being investigated by the Charity Commission for breach of trust, bullying and misrepresentation. Andrew Mercer NRA CEO appears to be at the centre.
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NRA & Bisley Shooting Ground
We sincerely hope that this is good news. The NRA have a history of aggression towards tenants so this appears to be a positive step. Making the most of mediation in order to avoid wasting further funds on litigation is a good start. We know for the NRA’s 2019 accounts that “The litigation instigated by Bisley Shooting Ground Limited in June 2019 has had a significant financial effect on the NRA“. Why are the accounts not showing what the amount is? We will be watching developments closely.
NRA AGM 30 May 2020
Martin Osment asks Chairman David Lacey the following with regard to NRA auditors. The Chairman suggests that treasurer Andrew Reynolds speaks, but then reverses and refuses to answer the questions.
1. Hayes Macintyre are only reappointed auditors if the accounts are reissued with a note explaining what the professional spend on the Bisley Shooting Ground Limited matter was to December 2019 and to April 2020, and an estimate of potential spend.
2. The trustees must include a note explaining which RICS and legal firms are advising them in this matter. They should confirm that the advice they have received meets the Charity Commission definition of commerciality. The trustees shall include in their note the estimated benefit of winning this action.
3. The trustees shall undertake to produce annual audited service charge accounts the first of these shall be also certified by a competent RICS firm.
4. The trustees shall issue an analysis by individual lease or other matter of the last 5 years professional spend.
There is growing concern that the professional spend on the matter with Bisley Shooting Ground Limited is spiralling wildly out of control. The 2019 NRA accounts state “The litigation instigated by Bisley Shooting Ground Limited in June 2019 has had a significant financial effect on the NRA“. Why are we not being told what the amount is?
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS…
BAD NEWS – As per the 2019 NRA Accounts “the net deficit in our general funds for 2019, which do not include investments, was £60,002, largely due to an increase in expenditure of professional fees”. No doubt this is the tip of the iceberg given the amount of litigation the NRA finds itself in. The accounts also fail to include the £25,000+ paid for the arbitration with the Artists Rifles. Why was this missed out? New Treasurer Andrew Reynolds (Appointed Feb 2019) has his work cut out, particularly as he was banking that “organic growth in the 2019 budget is largely centered on the full opening of the Pavilion facility” – Coronavirus has put a stop to that. To view the treasurers speech at the 2019 AGM click here.
GOOD NEWS – The NRA has put in place procedures with a view of opening up after 4th July. Dull details here.
BAD NEWS – At a time where the NRA are in dispute with tenants for, potentially criminally, overcharging for electricity, it seems some are getting it for free. Is not the first time we have heard that individuals are getting free electricity. Last time it was ex-trustee and current General Council member John Bloomfield, now it is someone else. These pictures were taken in 2020 of a grotty caravan taking electricity from the car parking area adjoining the NRA vehicle compound. It is not the only electricity supply post feeding into the wooded area. The caravan is inhabited by a man who was seen in it and appears to be tapping free electricity and water. Who is this man? If he is an NRA employee, what is his role? Does his P11D reflect the benefits in kind? Perhaps Mr Mercer would like to comment and let membership know what is going on.
BAD NEWS – Although Andrew Mercer proudly announced (April Update) that the National Clay Shooting Centre shooters “will see the benefits of significant maintenance of traps and other infrastructure…and an extensive clear up of wads and clay debris, which coupled with soil improvement and re-seeding, has resulted in newly sown grass growing greener by the day. This appears not to be evident…
GOOD NEWS – In the same April update Mercer comments that Richie Vallance “has completed the transfer of NCSC members to a new database”. No doubt this justifies his NRA salary, paid for by us, particularly as the NSCS also has its own Manager. As a reminder Vallance has been employed by the NRA since 2019 but with apparently nothing to do as he was hired to take over sporting clays at Bisley Shooting Ground, currently in litigation with the NRA). Link to Richie’s bio here.
NRA Disciplinary Committee – Andrew Mercer acted “contrary to the long established principles of natural justice” 24.02.2020
There are few tragedies of justice or actions that unveil the self-serving values that the NRA’s Officers, Trustees and Disciplinary Committee adhere to, than their treatment of ex Chairman Dr. Robin Pizer. This is a rare occasion where the NRA’s victimisation, bullying, and injustice is admitted by the organisation, albeit it took over 2 years of pleadings of innocence before they capitulated.
There is significant documentation showing the shameful way in which the NRA conducted itself on a sham trial of Dr Pizer, bullying him for over 2 years, largely at the behest of Mercer, covered up by the Chairman, Trustees and Iain Robertson (NRA Safety, Legal & Technical Officer). We are in the process of going through many documents and will publish more in due course. Sadly they show how the NRA has lost its way, allowing certain individuals to act so reprehensibly and dishonestly, without any oversight from Trustees. This is one of the reasons of why this website currently remains anonymous.
In the meantime the link to the recent NRA Disciplinary Appeal Committee decision, where the unanimous decision was that the “original decision of the disciplinary panel should be quashed” can be found here.
Unfortunately the majority of the issues at the NRA all lead back to the CEO. These include:
- Missing opportunities to expand outside Bisley
- Failing to promote target shooting throughout the country
- Bringing Disrepute to the Charity
- Unwanted attention from the Charity Commission
- Wasting significant funds on questionable legal costs
This individual appears to have a history of unsettling the charities he works for. See below.
NRA Employees review the Charity online, calling the NRA “Toxic”, “Arrogant”, “management take part in scheduled competitions and then cheat”, “Basic management principles not met”… click here for full details.
Does the NRA take members for fools with their spun response 7.02.2020 to the updated Charity Commission report?
Further to the Charity Commission report the National Rifle Association issued a Press Release on their website on 7th February 2020 which, like all NRA communication was mostly ‘spin’. We look at comments from the Charity Commission and respective extracts from the NRA Press Release here.
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