In 2001, Sir Alan's 24-year marriage to Caroline, an artist, ended in divorce.In 2007, he married Jane Hardman, who had worked at Brunswick.Three women employees accused Mr Forsyth of inappropriate behaviour, for which he said he had apologised.
A keen angler, he owns half a £1.8million salmon beat – a stretch of river with fishing rights – on the Tay in Scotland.He also brought in his own lawyers to help with the cases instead of using the charity's legal advisers.Sir Alan, 62, intervened personally to address accusations against the two men, the Daily Mail has been told.A Save the Children source said that in both cases Sir Alan personally took control within 48 hours, overriding the charity's human resources rules.Before turning his hand to public relations, Sir Alan worked on an oil rig and managed rock bands.
A rebellious teenager, his anti-Establishment attitude meant he was denied a place at Oxford despite an excellent academic record.
The source said: 'There were HR procedures that were in place to deal with Brendan and Justin.'Lawyers were contacted …
then Alan came in, in both cases within 48 hours, saw the advice of Save the Children's lawyers, ignored that advice and quickly brought in new lawyers.'HR were totally across it and said we have to deal with this, but Alan wasn't happy …
Chief executive Justin Forsyth and policy director Brendan Cox have both quit over claims against them in recent weeks. But whistleblower Alexia Pepper de Caires today blasted the failure of the charity to intervene sooner, including after a report on misbehaviour in 2015.
Ms de Caires, who left the charity that year, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'There was no culpability at the time and I've seen very little since then.'I haven't seen enough evidence of the culture changing.'She also said she was 'curious about why it's taken six years' for someone to step down 'who was in a position of power at the time'.
As a result, formal investigations were abandoned and both men left discreetly.