Fatcat SSPCA boss quits £ 216,000-a-year job as charitable donors express disgust
THE Scottish SPCA fatcat boss under fire quit his £ 216,000-a-year job.
Stuart Earley’s salary sparked disgust and anger among staff at the Animal Welfare Charity, whose salary averaged a tenth of the former CEO’s salary.
Charity bosses admit they made a big mistake in allowing his huge paycheck to run out of control by approving pay increases and bonuses that infuriated ordinary workers.
It is understood that Earley pocketed another stellar prize as he left the charity headquarters.
Her latest anti-inflationary hike has meant her salary eclipsed that of Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who earns £ 144,687 – and PM Theresa May, who earns £ 143,462.
The end came for Earley after a growing wave of cash spills from grassroots supporters, with some citing his salary.
An insider said: “Stuart Earley’s position became untenable with grassroots supporters and donations were starting to dry up.
“People couldn’t accept that the boss even wanted to take so much money out of a charity’s coffers.
“They were handing over money because they loved animals, but with such a high salary for the CEO, it would be easy to think your donation would go straight into his pocket.”
Earley, 59, resigned after his latest pay rise was revealed – as the association’s earnings fell.
Its 3.2% increase came as SSPCA staff got just 1.2%. Last year his pension contribution was £ 31,000 on top of his salary.
The Animal Concern lobby group called his salary “ridiculous” and several workers contacted the Daily Record to express their disgust.
News of Earley’s departure after nine years was communicated to staff yesterday morning via email.
They were told that SSPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn and CFO David Webster would take over in the interim.
It is believed that any successor to Earley will have to accept the position at a significantly reduced rate of pay.
The charity said: “Scottish SPCA Managing Director Stuart Earley has decided to step down in order to seek a new challenge.
“In light of Mr. Earley’s decision, the SSPCA Board of Directors has agreed that he will step down with immediate effect”
Attempts were made to contact Earley last night, but he could not be reached.