New distributor set for merger as team takes up new posts

Two members of the senior management team that will run the new lottery distributor to emerge from the merger of the New Opportunities Fund and Community Fund are now in post.

Gerald Oppenheim, formerly director of policy and communications at the Community Fund, is the director of planning and performance with the new distributor.

Vanessa Potter, director of policy and external relations with the New Opportunities Fund, retains her job title in the new body.

Their appointments follow that of Stephen Dunmore, the former chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, as chief executive of the new distributor in December.

Although legislation to create the new body is not anticipated until 2005, the two organisations are building up to an "administrative merger", expected to take place between April and June.

Dunmore said: "These appointments pave the way for the integration of the two organisations and the new board in spring 2004."

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