Merged age charity appoints Jeffrey as chair

Dianne Jeffrey has been appointed chair of the charity that will be formed from the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern England.

Jeffrey: will chair merged charity
Jeffrey: will chair merged charity

Jeffrey, currently chair of the Anchor Trust, will take up the position, which has been offered on a renewable four-year fixed term, on 1 October.

One of her first tasks will be to oversee the recruitment of a £150,000-a-year chief executive and a 15-strong board of trustees in time for the birth of the new charity, which is expected in April 2009.

A spokesman for the two organisations said Jeffrey would be responsible for "helping to build the organisation from the ground up".

He added: "She will play a leading role in setting the future direction of the new organisation and, with the support of a nominations committee, will ultimately be responsible for appointing a founding chief executive. This is a far bigger job than joining an existing organisation."

The Anchor Trust is England's largest provider of housing care for older people and employs 10,000 people. She also chairs Digital Outreach, a not-for-profit company, supported by both Help the Aged and Age Concern, that helps older people prepare for the digital switchover.

Jo Connell and Catherine McLoughlin, chairs of Help the Aged and Age Concern England respectively, said in a joint statement that Jeffrey "has a proven commitment to issues affecting older people and senior leadership experience".

They added: "This will be very much a hands-on role as we develop the right structures and strategy for the new organisation."

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