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

Richard Cousins, CEO

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.

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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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