Leading British Muslim charity Penny Appeal’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aamer Naeem OBE has been accused of bullying, harassment and intimidation in several grievance complaints launched by a number of senior executives at the Wakefield based charity.
Sources at the charity have told this reporter that a number of senior members of the charity have launched extraordinary complaints that Aamer Naeem OBE presided over campaigns of targeted harassment, including attempts to literally drive people out of the organisation in a bid to cover his own leadership failings. Complaints have been filed by both male and female.
One of the complaints includes details of how one female member of staff was reduced to tears and humiliation on numerous occasions, said a trusted source at the charity.
Penny Appeal has been in news recently after its founder Adeem Younis was suspended in what some sources have described as an orchestrated coup to take power and control of one of the fastest growing Muslim charities in Britain.
The founder of the charity and serial entrepreneur Adeem Younis was told at the airport, as he landed back from a successful charity campaign with Pakistani A-lister Mehwish Hayat and Dragons’ Dens star James Caan that he was subject to a suspension. Adeem Younis was in Pakistan for ten days on behalf of the Penny Appeal for the charitable projects of the charity near Rawalpindi. Mehwish Hayyat and Boxer Amir Khan are supporters of the charity.
Locks of the charity’s headquarters were changed, IT servers were removed which brought the work of the charity to a standstill for a number of weeks and full time security guards were hired to guard the
This reporter has seen leaked correspondence in which a female employee has accused that the CEO and his associates of an “orchestrated takeover of the organisation in order to protect his own failures ”.
This reporter has spoken to staff who are afraid of speaking up as they fear that they will lose their jobs. They have told that the place has become a “ghost town” and a “hostile environment” where no one dares mention the suspended chair’s name because they are under instructions not to speak to him in any circumstances. Several staff members have shared that they are being punished and suffering because of the power struggle going on between Aamer Naeem and Adeem Younis.
Further allegations and grievances include staff who are deemed to be loyal to Adeem Younis being denied door security codes as well as access to certain hard drives whilst others are being managed through fear of keeping their jobs. Both the CEO and the founder are of Pakistani origin.
A source shared that the suspension of Adeem Younis had been planned for several months and that the founder was suspended with ulterior motives”.