Amphibian protection charities merge

No redundancies and no loss of trustees, say Froglife Trust and Herpetological Conservation Trust

Wildlife charities the Froglife Trust and the Herpetological Conservation Trust have merged to form Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

The charities have told all their combined 30-strong workforce that no redundancies will be made and has told its trustees they will not be expected to stand down.

The chief executives of the two charities will be co-directors of the new organisation until a decision is made about a new management structure. A final decision about the charity's structure and budget is expected by early April 2010.

Tony Gent, chief executive of the HCT, said the organisations had set up a small executive board of trustees from both charities that would make "quick-fix" decisions about the new charity's administrative structure, communications and fundraising strategy while a long term consultation process took place.

He said the new charity would have a single chief executive and that the position could be advertised outside the organisation.

All seven of the charities' offices would be kept open for the foreseeable future, he said.

Funding was not a factor in the decision to merge, said Gent. "In some areas, the two charities were competitors and although we had similar aims it was difficult to form a coherent strategy," he said. "It will be easier to win funding as a single charity and we'll make more effective use of resources this way."

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