Quango chief quits over affair with colleague
Thursday 03 February 1994
But Professor John Catford, 45, chief executive of Health Promotion Wales, strongly denied an MP's allegation that he had fiddled his expenses.
Professor Catford appeared at a Cardiff hotel with his wife Lucinda and read a statement admitting his affair, but insisted there had been no abuse of taxpayers' money.
Earlier, in a Commons motion, Labour's health spokesman on Wales, Rhodri Morgan, MP for Cardiff West, called on John Redwood, Secretary of State for Wales, to set up an inquiry into the authority's administration, claiming that Professor Catford had charged expenses for attending a conference in Brazil that never took place.
Professor Catford, a father of four, resigned within two hours. His statement said: 'In August 1991 I went on a professional trip to Brazil to study public health in a developing country.
'The eight-day trip was taken during my annual leave . . . To my deep regret, I became involved in a relationship with a female colleague. After Brazil, I saw her once more in Rome in November 1991 and our relationship was ended then.
'The brief affair was silly and regrettable. However, the visit was entirely above board and legitimate. There was no abuse of public money.'
Professor Catford, who is paid a combined pounds 80,000 salary from the authority and the University of Wales Medical School, has been on sick leave since December.
Last night he said the theft of photos and a diary from a locked filing cabinet in his office had led to a health authority investigation into overseas travel.
'They were personal papers about the relationship, photos and a short diary of our feelings for each other. I don't know what happened to these papers, but I believe they were made available to my employer.'
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 Game of Thrones is most-pirated TV show of 2014
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...