Catering boss ‘leaves £41m to charity’ following tragic death in plane crash

Richard Cousins, the chief executive of Compass Group, who tragically died in a seaplane crash in Australia on New Year’s Eve has left a “substantial amount” of money to Oxfam.

Mr Cousins was killed when the plane he was travelling in with his fiancée, her daughter, and his two sons plunged into a river 30 miles north of Sydney.

Reports yesterday claimed that Oxfam had received £41m after Mr Cousins changed his will last year to specify the money should go to charity in the event that his immediate family died alongside him.

Oxfam confirmed to the BBC that it had been left money by Mr Cousins, but declined to say how much.

A spokesman for the charity said they were “extremely grateful” for the bequest.

In its last annual report for 2016-17, the charity received £19.8m in gifts left to it through wills so if the reports are accurate Mr Cousins’ contribution would more than double that figure.

The 58-year-old was regarded as one of the top chief executives in the catering sector and transformed Compass into a £20 billion business during his time at the helm. He was just three months away from retirement when tragedy struck.

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