'Bullying' Hay Festival chief is forced out after board upholds complaint

'Bullying' Hay Festival chief is forced out after board upholds complaint
'Bullying' Hay Festival chief is forced out after board upholds complaint
'Bullying' festival chief is forced out: Board upholds complaint against Hay founder... but he hits back and says his role had become 'untenable' Peter Florence, 56, was suspended over bullying claims in October last year  The complaint had been backed by more than half of the Welsh festival's team  The case is understood to be related to a grievance lodged by a member of staff

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The founder of the Hay literature festival has quit after bullying allegations against him were upheld.

Peter Florence, 56, was suspended last October over what one insider described as 'a particular style of management'.

Yesterday, it emerged that the festival's board had unanimously endorsed the finding of an independent review that he had committed gross misconduct.

It said the complaint had been backed by more than half of the Welsh festival team and the decision came after a 'thorough and extensive process'. 

'The board will now be seeking new leadership for the world-renowned non-profit organisation,' it added. 

The case is understood to relate to a grievance lodged by a member of staff.

Mr Florence hit back last night, saying: 'My role had become untenable due to the conduct of the board and its insistence on holding a disciplinary hearing in my absence whilst I was off sick following a breakdown.'

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