Chris Packham fully exonerated of any wrong doing by the Fundraising Regulator

I’ll keep this brief.

In late 2020, a complaint was made to the Fundraising Regulator accusing Chris Packham and his partner Charlotte Corney, acting as trustees of the charity The Wildheart Trust, of alleged breaches of the Code of Fundraising Practice. The complaint related to a fundraising effort by The Wildheart Trust in April 2020 to rescue a number of ex-circus tigers and lions from the continent and re-home them at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary on the Isle of Wight.

In May 2021, after a thorough investigation, the Fundraising Regulator fully exonerated Chris, Charlotte and The Wildheart Trust of any wrong doing. You can download the 18-page decision here:

The Wildheart Trust issued a statement in response:

Following an investigation into one of our recent campaigns, we are delighted that the Fundraising Regulator has fully exonerated The Wildheart Trust of any wrongdoing surrounding our fundraising efforts. We were more than happy to work with the Regulator to comprehensively vindicate the work we continue to do in protecting vulnerable and endangered species around the world.

We were always confident that the Regulator would find in favour of The Wildheart Trust. These were baseless and malicious claims driven by a group of individuals with a clear agenda to attack Chris Packham and individuals and organisations associated with him.

The fact that these people could claim that our beloved tigers were not rescued when there was irrefutable evidence of the harm and injury that they had suffered, gives us some insight into these peopleā€™s contempt for our most precious wildlife.

The announcement by the regulator vindicates us completely but, more importantly, it gives us the courage and inspiration to continue our campaigns to protect our planet and the animals we are lucky enough to share it with‘.

[Chris & Charlotte in 2019 on the day Chris was awarded a CBE for services to conservation. Photo by Ruth Tingay]

Following this full exoneration in May 2021, the complainant refused to accept the Fundraising Regulator’s decision and in June 2021 asked for an external review.

The Fundraising Regulator obliged and an external review of the original decision was undertaken.

On 8th December 2021 the Fundraising Regulator published the findings of its external review and, once again, Chris, Charlotte and The Wildheart Trust were fully exonerated. See here and here for details.

Chris is currently suing a number of individuals for alleged defamation in relation to this case and the first court hearing is scheduled for February 2022.

If you’d like to find out more about the conservation work of The Wildheart Trust and support their efforts, please visit their website here.

UPDATE 10th March 2022: High Court rules allegations about Chris Packham are defamatory, trial to commence (here)

8 thoughts on “Chris Packham fully exonerated of any wrong doing by the Fundraising Regulator”

  1. Chris is a warrior…his undying love and understanding of nature and the fight to protect it and educate remarkable, and because of that he will be hunted down and intimidated by cowards…he is number one in my book, equally with sir David, wild life needs more like them to survive….šŸ’ššŸ’ššŸ’š

  2. One hardly expected any other result. Good luck with the court cases to Chris, xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

  3. I hope Chris’s case next year wipes the floor with them and takes them for every last penny they have. And that we learn their id at some future point! Totally support you Chris, and all your colleagues, in all you do. Hope 2022 is a better year for you and for everyone!

  4. The continued attacks on Chris Packham are an attempt to smear someone who is successfully hardening the national opinion against gratuitous wildlife killing and the associated crimes and environmental damage. Their problem is that he is a well-respected broadcaster, as well as an active, and knowledgeable conservationist.

    What do the opposition have to offer? An ex-cricketer whose last meaningful activity was in 1981, whose knowledge of conservation and wildlife management is almost certainly less than his knowledge of xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx (yes, Ruth, I know you will delete this bit, but it is true). Anyone else they can put forward is so up to their neck in the killing industry that they have zero credibility, except with Natural England, who have as little credibility as the shooting organisations themselves.

  5. This result was absolutely no surprise at all, but nonetheless excellent news. I really hope that Chris is successful in his litigation case next year and that it gains maximum publicity. Sadly just making accusations can serve a purpose in that it throws mud, it’s a common, dirty tactic unfortunately. With a lot of fanfare two separate and utterly spurious complaints were made to the Charity Commission about the RSPB a few years ago. Both were totally rejected, but was that news given at least equal prominence to the original malicious complaint making? I doubt it very much. It’s hard to think of anything more loathsome than lies being concocted to damage the reputation (and all that flows from that including financial/practical support) of good people. It really is contemptible and there really should be a way in which we can be better assured those who do this have it hit them right back in the face as quickly and powerfully as possible.

  6. Fantastic. So obvious what these bitter individuals are doing. Hope when they are sued, it hurts them as much as they tried to hurt a guy who is trying only to do some good.

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