Offender charities Langley House Trust and Kainos Community merge

Tracy Wild, chief executive of Langley House and its new subsidiary, says their work will be strengthened by 'combined talents'

Tracy Wild
Tracy Wild

The offender charities the Langley House Trust and the Kainos Community have merged.

Kainos will be a subsidiary of Langley House under the new structure, which took effect on 1 October, and will maintain its identity and continue to run its contracts.

Tracy Wild, chief executive of the Langley House Trust, a Christian charity founded in 1958, has also become chief executive of Kainos, which was established in 1999. 

She replaces Phil Edgington, chief executive of Kainos, who is retiring. A Langley House spokeswoman said there had been no redundancies as a result of the merger. 

Langley House has more than 200 staff at sites across England and a turnover of about £8m a year. It works in the community to rehabilitate ex-offenders and those at risk of offending.

Kainos has 12 staff and an annual turnover of about £500,000. It has runs community projects and works in prisons to help offenders live crime-free lives after they are released.

Negotiations began earlier this year, when Edgington and trustees of Kainos approached Langley House to discuss a merger.

A Langley House spokeswoman said the two sides felt they would be strengthened by combining their expertise and there were no financial difficulties driving the merger.

In a statement, Wild said: "We are delighted by the prospect of working more closely with Kainos Community and can see benefits for both organisations.

"I can see how our combined talents – as shown by the highly credible results that both charities have achieved in their own right  – will produce exciting new developments in the future, such as a comprehensive pathway of support for offenders from inside prison through to successful independence in the community."

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