Jane Kenyon: In Her Own Words?

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Jane Kenyon: In Her Own Words?

“The letter of the law”

– an ‘In My View’ article, by Nigel Ward

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

In a letter of response (dated 1st August 2007) to a question concerning Councillor Jane Kenyon’s Company Secretaryship of Dales Timber Limited (DTL), NYCC Monitoring Officer Carole Dunn provided information to a member of the public (David Clark), stating that Councillor Kenyon was ‘unaware’ that she had signed legal documents appointing her as Company Secretary of DTL, and/or ‘unaware’ that she had submitted these documents to Companies House for registration and/or ‘unaware’ that she had a duty to declare the fact on her Register of Interests. Her exact form of words:

“In relation to the position of Company Secretary at Dales Timber Ltd, Councillor Kenyon was in fact unaware of the matter”.

In a Decision Notice from the Standards Sub-Committee of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA), dated 8th August 2011, a complaint to the NYMNPA Standards Committee (by David Clark) regarding Councillor Kenyon’s undeclared Company Secretaryship in DTL, was dismissed on the grounds that “there was no evidence that the member [Councillor Kenyon] signed the Companies House form”

In fact, it goes on to state, “members noted that the signature on the Companies House form did not closely resemble other examples of the subject Member’s [Councillor Kenyon’s] signature”

The signature on the document is in the name of Ms Kenyon, but NYMNPA allege that it is NOT her signature! The only possible implication is that the signature must be a FORGERY.

The NYMNPA Standards Sub-Committee determined, one year ago, that THE SIGNATURE IS A FORGERY!

Setting aside the matter of the forgery for a moment, let us examine, in greater depth, Councillor Kenyon’s denial to the Standards Sub-Committee that she had ever assumed the appointment as  Company Secretary of DTL.

The veracity (or otherwise) of this denial has been called into question by the fact that the Public Record shows that Councillor Kenyon, from time to time has, in fact, declared an interest in DTL.

Now this demonstrates that there are inconsistencies in the Public Record, on the basis of which I have called (in vain) for a thoroughgoing investigation to be performed by an impartial body that is demonstrably not susceptible to any undue influence that may (or may not) be brought upon it by any party seeking to defend Councillor Kenyon.

Her position appears to vary according to circumstance. Perhaps for that reason, some readers seem to be prepared to believe Councillor Kenyon’s protestations that she was ‘unaware’ of her interest and/or Secretaryship in DTL, or perhaps even ‘unaware’ of its very existence – though the notion that she could be ‘unaware’ of her life-partner Councillor Thomas William (‘Bill’) Miller’s ownership and Directorship of DTL stretches credulity a tic too far.

As a result of the articles run on Real Whitby, a number of witnesses have now come forward who have become aware of the controversy surrounding Councillor Kenyon and wish to put the record straight. I would emphasize that they were unknown to me before they approached me and have not received any fee or inducement to speak out. They simply want the truth to come out.

As a result, I am now able to share with the public evidence that appears to irrefutably demonstrate that, contrary to her evidence to the Standards Committee, Councillor Kenyon was fully cognisant of the existence of DTL, and indeed took a leading rôle in its financial management on a hands-on basis. It is my contention that the following information provides unequivocal proof that Councillor Kenyon, despite her denials, was very much the de facto controlling influence behind DTL, contrary to her evidence to the Standards Committee.

To set the context, allow me to explain the following background information:

I am now informed that Agricultural Fencing & Groundwork Suppliers Ltd (AF&GSL – Reg.No.05467739) was a dormant (non-trading) company established by Jeremy Peter Miller (and his wife Karen Margaret Miller) – Jeremy is the at-that-time long-estranged (since Spring 2001) youngest son of Councillor Thomas William ‘Bill’ Miller.

Following a chance encounter in the street (early in 2005), a reconciliation of sorts seemed to have taken place. In Spring 2006, ‘Bill’ Miller activated the dormant AF&GSL, without Jeremy’s knowledge, to take advantage of some trading opportunities, at premises on Whitby Road, Pickering. The premises were at that time occupied by the then owner, who was purveying timber products, trading as Dales Timber (DT). [NB: DT was, at that time, an entirely separate legal entity, in no way connected to ‘Bill’ Miller].

My information, confirmed by the Public Record,  is that ‘Bill’ Miller provided Companies House with the appropriate documentation:

  • appointing himself (‘Bill’ Miller) as Director of AF&GSL – (31st May 2005),
  • terminating the Directorship of AF&GSL of his youngest son Jeremy Peter Miller – (on 5th October 2006),
  • terminating the Directorship of AF&GSL of his daughter-in-law Karen Margaret Miller – (on 5th October 2006).
  • appointing Jane Margaret Kenyon as Company Secretary of AF&GSL – (also on 5th October [NB: this is the instance of the allegedly forged Jane Kenyon signature]
  • changing the name of AF&GSL to Dales Timber Limited (DTL – Reg.No. remaining 05467739) – 14th November 2006 [NB: this change of name has no bearing on Jane Kenyon’s status as Company Secretary]
  • terminating Jane Margaret Kenyon’s Company Secretaryship at DTL – (on 31st July 2007)
  • appointing Jeremy Peter Miller, without his knowledge, as Company Secretary of DTL on that same day (31st July 2007)

The signatures of Jeremy Peter Miller and his wife Karen Miller do not appear on the Companies House 288b documents terminating their Directorships in AF&GSL. The copy in my possession bears the hand-written inscription “Not signed by me – not known to me” signed and dated 21st August 2008, by K Miller).

From Spring 2006, DTL proceeded to trade from the Pickering address (rented from the owner) with clients including Ryedale District Council (RDC), the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC). (These were presumably the ‘trading opportunities’ to which ‘Bill’ had referred).

DTL traded under the day-to-day management of Jeremy Peter Miller – who states that he was never informed of the name-change (from AF&GSL to DTL) or of his removal as Director – and believed, on the basis of assurances received from his father, that DTL was, in fact, an entirely new company, formed by ‘Bill’ Miller, for whom he now worked as an employee in the capacity of yard manager.

Throughout this period, Jeremy Peter Miller’s wife Karen Miller helped out in the office on a purely voluntary basis, to assist Jeremy with his workload. Neither Jeremy nor his wife Karen was party to ‘Bill’ Miller’s business dealings.

Cutting to the chase; one day, ‘Bill’ turned up at the office with a large volume of paperwork, which he instructed Karen to deal with as she thought appropriate.

The following text is a transcript of a hand-written draft letter, on Metropolitan Police Authority note-paper (!), apparently in the genuine hand-writing of Councillor Jane Kenyon (I am no graphologist, but I have seen many examples of Councillor Kenyon’s handwriting), which I would contend provides irrefutable evidence that, at the time of writing, she was in truth the de facto Company Secretary of Dales Timber Limited and, far from being ‘unaware’, had an intimate and in-depth knowledge of the management and financial affairs of DTL.

The context attests to:

  • an intimate knowledge of the Company’s finances
  • an intimate knowledge of the Company’s accountancy and banking arrangements
  • an intimate knowledge of the Company’s operational affairs
  • an implicit assumption of superiority of position over Jeremy Peter Miller and his wife Karen Miller
  • an explicit assumption that she (Councillor Kenyon) held authority to take actions (including bank negotiations), on her own initiative and/or at the behest of ‘Bill’ Miller (and behind the backs of Jeremy Peter Miller and his wife Karen Miller) that were the proper and material business of DTL
  • an explicit assumption that she (Councillor Kenyon) held authority to instruct the Company accountant

Here (below) follows a transcript of the hand-written draft letter. I have highlighted certain passages (by means of applying underlining that does not appear in the original text) in order to draw the reader’s attention to points of special significance in respect of the assertions stated above.

I leave it to readers to form a considered opinion as to whether or not this text could conceivably or plausibly have been written by a person who was ‘unaware’ of the existence of DTL and/or ‘unaware’ of her (alleged) Company Secretaryship of DTL. The verdict is yours, as they used to say on the BBC.

TEXT OF DRAFT LETTER FROM JK TO BANK

(HAND-WRITTEN ON ‘METROPOLITAN POLICE AUTHORITY’ NOTEPAPER)

“End of July requested Dales Timber Ltd. accounts for year end. This was like drawing teeth. K did not understand what was required.

Eventually, K and J arrived at accountant’s one and a half hours late for the appointment, delaying Eddies’ other appts, and stated that some customers who pay monthly were taking 60 to 90 days to pay due to squeeze.

TWM told them that he would not sign cheques unless money was in a/c to meet the outgoings.

Over the next 6 weeks, K told Eddy (paid in £50,000) that she had spoken to bank and that there was sufficient money in account to meet the large outstanding bills.

On EH calculation from Bank Statement there wasn’t enough (for three large) and TWM not willing to sign cheques that could not be covered.

Karen was told Eddy could only give them 20 minutes as they were over an hour late and he had another client waiting. Karen was not pleased because she thought E at her beck and call.

Bills came in so it was discovered that despite being told not to over-order and to only order was was covered by incoming bills.

E looking at books at what had been done during year on paper woud send to my customers, not with[illegible] outgoing there should be £50,000 – £60,000 profit on turnover S&M to be collected from sound customers eg [name redacted] at [redacted] Estates being one. Did not want to pressurise for fear of losing account.

E completed accounts showing this and he will let you have copy on return from hols on Monday 13/10.

I have done my best to put in this letter the background that this is basically a sound company short of cash flow. Clearly, K and J not having business experience can’t take this in.

On 13/10/08 they know Eddy back from his hols. His intention is to call them in and show them the errors of their ways and remove Karen from handling the accounts and put in a book-keeper who will establish the books, track the debtors and pay the money into the account.

I have never told K and J the overdraft position as it is not their business and they do not have Bank Statement, only Eddy & myself.

K seems to think that because the firm has done well in year 1 that they can just pay cheques and wait for money to come in in due course. It has always been my intention when it is on a sound footing to give them the business, but Karen seems to think that it is already their business but they are incapable to running yet. As Eddy has explained to me, and we are hoping that the pressure this has put them under will give them a sense of responsibility.

All the NP accounts are with EH who has spoken to them and they are aware that as money comes in they will be paid.

The book-keeper will report back to EH on a monthly basis. I am on holiday from 9/10 to 27/10. In the meantime, if money is there EH will arrange payment during my absence.”

~~~~~

Noteworthy is the fact that this draft letter refers, in the past tense, to Jeremy and Karen’s visit to the accountant in Bridlington on or about 20th September 2008; and also refers, in the future tense, to Mr Eddie Hopson’s return from holiday on 13th October 2008. (It refers to ‘TWM’ in the third person).

This dates it to a three-week period in late-September/early-October 2008 – 14 months after Councillor Kenyon withdrew her interest in DTL from her Register of Interests.

So we see that Councillor Jane Kenyon was clearly actively involved in the management of DTL at a time when she did not declare the fact of her interest – a fact that she also subsequently concealed from the NYMNPA Sub-Standards Committee investigation almost three years later in July/August 2011.

So there it is. I submit that, contrary to Councillor Kenyon’s protestations and assurances, she appears clearly to have shown – by her own hand – to have:

  • had an intimate involvement in the financial management of DTL that went bankrupt for £229,000
  • falsified her evidence to the Standards Sub-Committee 
  • had an intimate involvement with a company that she alleges submitted, unbeknownst to her, forged official documentation to Companies House

What is someone like this doing being Chair of a Police Authority?

On 1st July 2012, I emailed SBC Leader Councillor Tom Fox, asking him the following question, in the public interest:

“Are you currently satisfied with your appointment of the present Portfolio Holder for Finance, Procurement and Legal?”

Needless to say, I have received neither acknowledgement nor response.

If Councillor Fox is unable to answer that question, then I would contend that he has, in fact, already answered it in the omission and by his silence.

The truth is that he cannot morally or lawfully defend the appointment of any proven liar.

I believe that the time has come – may indeed be long past – when the entirety of Councillor Jane Kenyon and Councillor ‘Bill’ Miller’s actions in public and business affairs must be subjected to a thoroughgoing investigation by a body geographically removed from her extensive sphere of influence.

Where is the man or woman of authority with the courage and integrity to take this forward?


Recommended Reading:

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/the-whitby-gazette-why

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/double-dipping-an-update-by-tim-thorne


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18 Comments

  1. Ian Efc Detute August 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Outstanding Nigel

  2. Tim Thorne August 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Cllr Kenyon should resign from all her roles immediately. This is without question proof she lied on all her Registers of Interest.

    • DKP August 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      She should resign, that is true. But she is entitled to an enquiry to give her the opportunity to ‘clear her name’. If it does then she can stand for election in the future with head held high. Forgive me my little fantasy.

  3. Tom Brown August 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Again I say WHERE DOES THE BUCK STOP?
    We have a Home Secretary, a Justice Secretary and allegedly a Prime Minister who know exactly what’s going on its they who are taking the piss!!
    Clegg and Miliband are Cameron’s understudies who will take up the baton and regardless of promises will continue in the same vein.

  4. Jane Swales August 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    This is becoming absurd. The whole county knows perfectly well that the case is made. She won’t jump and no-one dare push because they know not how many more will follow she will drag down the pan with her. W Haigh may be the only Yorkshire MP with the clout to start the ball rolling. Have you tried John Prescott?

  5. David Clark August 4, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Well done Nigel, and well done to your informants the truth will out ALWAYS!!!

  6. Dave Red August 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Nigel, it would be interesting to learn at what point did your letters fail to receive replies.

    That is, what was the context of the last letter that was replied to and what was the context of the first of the series of letters that did not receive a reply?

    Something must have precipitated the wall of silence. The dates would be helpful too.

    This would help us, the man in the street or the general public at large, to better understand these proceedings.

  7. Nigel Ward August 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    For example, Dave, the last time I elicited a response from Cllr Tom Fox was on 21st April 2011.

    He assured my that my concerns (which he styled ‘allegations’) regarding compelling suspicion of both fraud and forgery in the implementation of the Extended Schools “Me Too!” voucher system – by the way, it was NYCC’s Carole Dunn who conceded that they (NYCC) were indeed investigating “fraud and forgery” – would receive his response when he knew NYCC’s intentions: “I will not comment further whilst awaiting sufficient reply from NYCC.”

    NYCC’s Head of Legal Carole Dunn confirmed some time ago that the NYCC “Me Too!” investigation had in fact been passed to the North Yorkshire Police.

    Given NYCC’s record for sweeping things quietly away, the assumption has to be that deep dirties have been uncovered (despite Carole Dunn declining to accept compelling evidence from me – wait till that comes out).

    I hardly need add that Cllr Tom Fox has not come back to me at all – perhaps he is still “awaiting sufficient reply from NYCC.”

  8. Laura August 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    What is most disturbing is the complete lack of interest, motivation moral conviction from the opposition parties in the local area. If this was in the national news Miliband would be fumbling all over it at the dispatch box. I feel their missing a real opportunity to stick a decisive nail in the coffin and show they care about local issues all the time not just when there up for re-election.
    This is why people don’t vote, do these councillors stand in a big circle stuffing wads of cash into each others back pocket? if so it must be hard for a honest councillor to get in.

    Nice to see some real local issues are been reported about not what next doors cat had for dinner(Evening News) keep up the good work nigel

  9. Al Roberts August 5, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I have tried my hardest to keep on open mind on the activities of Ms Kenyon, indeed I would have much preferred to have been persuaded by herself or even those around her, that the astonishing stories were unfounded.
    The latest revelations, written by Ms Kenyon herself, leave me in no doubt that she is in fact a clever and adept manipulator of a system that needs looking at from top to bottom.
    This is not merely clash of personalities between two individuals, but a publication of facts obtained from public records, and which affects every member of the public in North Yorkshire, who deserve at the very least a comment or expression of interest by their elected Councillors.
    The silence of the political parties, both her own and her opponents, lead me to believe that there are more people implicated in the shady dealings than we can imagine.
    Until someone breaks that seemingly impenetrable ring of silence, whether speaking in favour of Ms Kenyon or against, then the suspicion of dishonesty will contaminate everyone at County Hall and SBC Town Hall.

  10. David Clark August 5, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    “In view of the new infomation that has come to light,will the previous Standards Committee investigations at NYCC, NYPA, NYMNPA,be reinstigated”?

  11. David Clark August 5, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    “With the passing into law of the Localism Bill will this mean that Ms J.M.Kenyons interest in the California Corporation, Belvedere Computers Inc. will have to be declared on here various members interest registers. I have just checked the ss.ca.gov site the corporation is still suspended,it has not been dissolved” It is 30years this week since the corporation was suspended by order of the FRANCHISE TAX BOARD ca usa.

  12. Dave Red August 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Risk-strategy procedures may be under adoption.

  13. Tom Brown August 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    A fictional ‘Foyles War’ ( a who dunnit) :- Foyle confronts the murderer who was convinced the Germans would invade within days. and says:- you knew that after the invasion (German invasion) there would not be a policeman or any law to suit our society therefore you thought you could get away with it!

    Conspiracy theory! Tony Blair takes office and lo there are no police or law that we recognise.
    Think on it.

  14. Nigel Ward August 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    The Rt.Hon.Robert GOODWILL MP has dropped another of his famous gaffes:

    http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/from-robert-with-love-mp-responds

  15. Tom Brown August 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    TAKE NOTE Scarborough Borough Council DOES NOT EXIST
    A public body is required by law to answer an FOI but if they don’t exist then what?

    Who are ELECTED councillors being paid by? Who is employing council officers?
    And most of all if ELECTED COUNCILLORS are aware of this situation then do they carry any clout and why do they keep quiet? Answer ‘BRUSSELS’ (temporarily) ergo the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly.

    Boris Johnson heads the London Assembly and his understudy is Ken Livingstone. i.e. they both have the same script but a different shirt. If one loses on one ticket then the other takes the (Brussels) reigns

  16. Richard Ineson August 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Jane Kenyon, as Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board, North Yorkshire County Councillor, Scarborough Borough Councillor, and Portfolio holder for Finance, Procurement and Legal (SBC) must be ware that everything that she does will always be under scrutiny.
    The conduct of anyone in her position should like Caesar’s wife, be above suspicion,
    “Meos tam suspicion quam crimine iudicio carere opertere” ,
    “My wife must be as free from suspicion of a crime as she is from the crime itself”.
    Her actions, at all times, should be informed by reflection upon how that conduct might be portrayed by The Press, or, in a court of law, and what inferences a jury might draw from that portrayal.
    Furthermore, the associates of public figures must also be persons of unblemished character and again, must not be even suspected of wrongdoing.
    There is an increasing acceptance of immoral and unethical conduct as being normal, but it is not normal and it is not acceptable, especially in anyone who is in office as a representative of the people.
    If the trust and confidence of the community is to be regained by the North Yorkshire Police Force, and maintained by the North Yorkshire County Council, and the Scarborough Borough Council and if the credibility of the Conservative Party is to be preserved, then, the correct course of action is for Miss Kenyon to resign from all of her public offices.
    Her failure to refute the various allegations which have been made about her, has inevitably turned public opinion against her, it is now time for her to make a decision as to her future, prevarication will serve neither her interests, nor those of the public bodies on which she serves, nor the people whom she represents.

  17. Richard Ineson August 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    A minor point but not quite as minor as it may seem – how did Miss Kenyon come into possession of Metropolitan Police Authority writing paper? Why was she using it apparently for her own purposes? Was the Metropolitan Police Authority aware that their writing paper was being utilised by a member of the public? Is this legal? If Miss Kenyon is/was not a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority why was she using the MPA writing paper? It may seem that she was just using a piece of paper which had come into her possession quite innocently, but, persons of devious intention have been known to use official note paper to add gravitas to their correspondence, in certain situations; not that I am suggesting that this is the case, in relation to Miss Kenyon. A person in Miss Kenyon’s position i.e. Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board, Scarborough Borough Councillor and portfolio holder for Finance, Legal and Procurement, and a North Yorkshire County Councillor and a member of various public bodies, and private associations, could surely be expected to know that the flippant use of official notepaper is very unprofessional and possibly, in this case, bearing in mind that this was Police Authority paper, illegal.

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