We noticed a short while ago that Belinda McKenzie’s Knight Foundation website is up and running again, after a few weeks’ absence. The front page of the site has had a facelift, but overall the site leaves us with more questions than answers. Here’s the front page. While we expected to see the ‘Child & Family’ section highlighted, we were surprised to see that Belinda has branched out into ‘Research & Development’, ‘Education’, and ‘Wild Life’ (we’re assuming she meant ‘Wildlife’, not living it up at the local disco).
‘Research & Development’
Curious, we checked out the ‘Research & Development’ link, which took us here: What’s this then?
This isn’t a name we’ve heard bandied about by Belinda or Sabine. When we clicked on the links, we discovered that the Global Merit Group appears to be some sort of technology company based in the U.S.:
The Global Merit Group, LLC is a privately held sales and marketing company with a strategic focus on promoting new technologies in health, food, water, solar power and other technologies for domestic and international markets. We have special focus on promoting innovative products in developing countries. With headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, the company is building a foundation to serve basic human needs through the introduction of unique, affordable, and sustainable solutions.
We could find no links from any of the gentlemen who run this company and Belinda or Sabine, which makes us wonder whether Global Merit Group is aware that it’s being represented as part of Belinda’s non-charity.
Back on the Knight Foundation home page, we discovered that the ‘Education’ link isn’t operational yet; but the ‘Wild Life’ link led us here: According to Wikipedia,
The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) was founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) and currently works to conserve more than two million square miles of wild places around the world.
We don’t know about you, but it seems to us just an tiny bit implausible that this respected organisation suddenly decided, “Hey, gang! I know what! Let’s join Belinda McKenzie’s Knight Foundation!”
So…what are they doing on the Knight Foundation page? We think this could call for further investigation.
‘Child & Family’
Ah, we thought, as we clicked on the ‘Child & Family’ link. Now we’re heading into more familiar territory. How very wrong we were!
Here’s what greeted us at the top of the linked page:And here’s what we found at the bottom: While the page does contain the usual Belinda Blaggery, we noted a strange apparent name change.
What is ‘4 Children & Families’? you might ask. Excellent question. We thought initially that it might be one of Belinda’s various business ventures.
We looked it up on Companies House: We weren’t much enlightened, though we found out that the company is located in Nottingham, and that its annual returns and accounts seem to be up to date.
The company’s list of current officers left us even more baffled:To their credit, neither of these two women is on either Sabine’s or Belinda’s Facebook friends list, though of course that doesn’t preclude them knowing one another in real life.
We did notice that Sarah Davies has another appointment, with ‘Lily & Co.’ as Learning and Development Director, while Dianne Preston is an officer with ‘Lily & Co.’, ‘Lily (Day Care IV) Ltd’, and ‘Lily Day Care Ltd’, where she is listed as Director.
A quick Google search revealed one incident at that day care, in which a child was pinned to his chair by a staff member, but it sounded as though the situation had been dealt with appropriately, and otherwise we found nothing remarkable.
We certainly don’t wish to imply that there’s anything even remotely dodgy about ‘4 Children and Families Ltd’ or the Lily Day Care. We only mention them at all because Belinda seems to have appropriated one of the business names for her own purposes.
But once again, we’re left to wonder: do the directors of ‘4 Children and Families Ltd’ know that they have, willy-nilly, become part of the Knight Foundation website? And if they did know, would they be pleased to find themselves there?
We expect there will be more to follow on this; stay tuned!