Big merger comes a step closer

Age Concern England and Help the Aged expect to name a chief executive for their merged charity within a month.

The charities, which plan to unite by April 2009, yesterday announced they had taken another step towards merger by drawing up legal documents that will officially sanction the partnership. The boards of the two charities each agreed the move this month.

Age Concern England and Help the Aged are now completing the due diligence process and putting together the legal documents that will seal the merger.

The charities announced last month that they had appointed Anchor Trust chair Dianne Jeffrey as chair of the new charity, which is yet to be named. Jeffrey will take up the position on 1 October.

"We are now at a very exciting, advanced stage in the process of creating a new organisation that will work with and for older people. Progress has been steady and real milestones have been reached," said Jeffrey.

"The process of recruiting a new chief executive is already well advanced and we can now move to finalise the recruitment of someone to lead the new organisation into the future."

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