International development charities combine boards and management teams

Health Poverty Action and Find Your Feet agree the first stage of a partnership that is not a full merger

Two international development charities have completed the first stage of a new partnership that has seen the organisations combine their boards and management teams.

Health Poverty Action, which provides basic healthcare and education to people in poverty in Asia, Africa and Latin America, has agreed the partnership with the Asian and Africa development charity Find Your Feet in a bid to ensure both charities’ long-term security.

The partnership, which is not a full merger, comes after the retirement of Dan Taylor, chief executive of Find Your Feet, last year. He had led the charity for 21 years.

Martin Drewry, director of HPA, who has become head of both charities, said the partnership was an attempt to continue Find Your Feet’s work and help Health Poverty Action expand into new countries.

He said both charities had retained separate legal identities, but would have the same trustees and management structure.

Drewry said: "This was the first step of the partnership. We will soon be reviewing this and deciding the next stage, which might see Find Your Feet become a subsidiary of Health Poverty Action. However, the Find Your Feet brand identity will be retained indefinitely, and its work will continue as a part of Health Poverty Action."

Drewry said that financial issues were not behind the partnership, but it had in part been prompted by changes in the "funding landscape".

He said: "It was becoming harder for Find Your Feet to secure the larger funding grants it needed to sustain its work in the long term.

"It took the decision to join with a larger organisation while its financial situation was still strong."

According to the Charity Commission website, Health Poverty Action had an income of £20.9m in the year to 31 March 2016, spent £17.4m and had 366 staff.

Find Your Feet had an income of £1.4m and spent £1.4m in 2015, and employed 30 staff worldwide.

Two staff at Find Your Feet’s UK office have moved to Health Poverty Action’s London offices, and another is working remotely for the charities. Two other members of staff on temporary contracts left when their terms of employment came to an end.

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