Kingston Unity takes accountability and transparency seriously and therefore has a mechanism in place to enable individuals to report concerns in a responsible and effective manner. Where an individual discovers information which they believe shows serious malpractice or wrongdoing within the Society then this information should be disclosed without fear of reprisal.
What is whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing is where an individual reports or discloses something which they believe shows malpractice or impropriety. An individual can be an employee of Kingston Unity, a member, third party or member of the public.
Concerns of malpractice or impropriety could include;
- Financial malpractice, impropriety or fraud;
- Failure to comply with a legal obligation or statutes;
- Dangers to Health and Safety or the environment;
- Criminal activity;
- Improper conduct or unethical behaviour;
- Policies and procedures not being followed;
- Something that might have a serious impact on the Society’s reputation or financial position; or
- Attempts to conceal any of the above.
As a regulated firm, we are required by our regulators to have a formal policy in place to deal with whistleblowing and to appoint an individual to receive reports of concern. Our Senior Independent Director (SID) is the person who will receive reports of concern on behalf of the Society.
Reporting a concern
The Senior Independent Director (SID) has been allocated responsibility for receiving concerns on behalf of the Society, this is a specific responsibility which is registered with the PRA. The role is designed to ensure that you have someone who is independent to go to if you need to discuss or raise any concerns. The Senior Independent Director will follow a specific set of procedures to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your concerns are given proper consideration. Any concerns reported to the Senior Independent Director will be dealt with in a confidential and sensitive manner.
The Society encourages you, where possible to first report your concerns to the Senior Independent Director.
Senior Independent Directors contact details:
You can report any concerns to the Senior Independent Director, who is currently Bernard White, by addressing your concerns to:
Personal – Senior Independent Director,
Kingston Unity Friendly Society Limited,
9 Navigation Court, Calder Park,
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can do so by putting your concern in writing and not disclosing your identity within the letter.