Danny McCance 8 May 2018 12:38pm

Former Kids Company director Atkinson banned

Sunetra Atkinson is the first of the former directors of the failed charity to receive a ban

Atkinson has been disqualified by the Insolvency Service from running a company for two-and-a-half years

A spokesperson for the Insolvency Service said that as a director, Atkinson had “caused or allowed Kids Company to operate an unsustainable business model”.

The disqualification, accepted by business secretary Greg Clark, will come into affect from 18 May.

For the duration of the ban Atkinson, who was married to British comedian Rowan Atkinson, will no longer be able to act as director, promote, form or manage a company unless given court permission.

“It remains our intention to continue disqualification proceedings against the other eight directors,” the spokesperson added.

Those having disqualification proceedings brought against them include chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh as well as former directors Erica Jane Bolton, Richard Gordon Handover, Vincent Gerald O’Brien, Francesca Mary Robinson, Jane Tyler, Andrew Webster and former BBC creative director Alan Yentob.

In December, reports suggested that Yentob had been offered a deal by the Insolvency Service, which included a voluntary boardroom ban.

Clark first brought the disqualification proceedings against the former directors in July last year, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service following the charity’s collapse in 2015.