Brent Council director of finance suspended

Investigation launched into allegations of gross misconduct

The director of finance at Brent Council has been suspended after allegations of gross misconduct were made against him.

Clive Heaphy, director of finance and corporate affairs, was suspended from his post on Tuesday and an investigation was immediately launched.

The Times understands that the allegations against him are not financial.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, council leader, confirmed that Mr Heaphy had been suspended but was unable to say when the investigation would conclude.

Cllr Butt said: “An investigation is going on. The normal disciplinary process is being followed.

“Suspension is a neutral act and does not imply guilt in any way. When allegations are made, you have to follow them up and that is exactly what we are doing.”

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A Brent Council spokesman said: “Brent Council can confirm that Clive Heaphy Director of Finance has been suspended following allegations of gross misconduct that are not related to financial irregularities. We are unable to comment further at this time.”

Mr Heaphy’s suspension comes just days after Gareth Daniel was deposed as chief executive of Brent Council. The Times revealed that the working relationship between Mr Daniel and Cllr Butt had completely fallen apart.

It was announced yesterday that former Tower Hamlets chief executive Christine Gilbert – wife of former Harrow East MP Tony McNulty – would be taking over as interim chief executive from November.

The Times understands that Mick Bowden, deputy director of finance and corporate affairs, has taken over from Mr Heaphy while the investigation is ongoing.