Reverend Michael Shaw, who has been chief executive at John Grooms for 16 years, will work as an adviser on campaigning and fundraising issues until March 2008 while the charity ramps up its campaigning. He will report to Mary Bishop, the Grooms-Shaftesbury chief executive designate and current Shaftesbury boss, and the as yet unnamed chair.
"The board has invited Michael Shaw to continue in an advisory role and support the chair and chief executive in developing and building an effective campaigning and fundraising platform for the years ahead," said Grooms-Shaftesbury in a statement.
The new organisation, which will be the UK's largest Christian disability charity when it launches at the end of June, plans to campaign on disability issues more rigorously than either charity has done alone. "By coming together, we will be a significantly bigger organisation and by virtue of that we want to have a bigger impact," a spokeswoman for Grooms-Shaftesbury said.
The merged organisation is still identifying posts that could be made redundant under the new structure.