On 1st November 2017, after months of talks and legal review, Alopecia UK formally merged with Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK (AAR-UK). Merger talks began earlier in Spring 2017 with Alopecia UK’s Chair of Trustees, Simon Ray, commenting at the time:
“It was very clear from the start that both charities shared common goals for all those with Alopecia. The merger will build on the growth that AUK has seen the last few years. AAR-UK will bring valuable expertise in both research and fundraising activities that will provide a real benefit to the combined charity.”
AAR-UK’s Chair, Hugh Gallagher also added:
“We felt it was important that the time had come for there to be one national charity for Alopecia and we are delighted that we have been able to have such positive discussions with AUK regarding the merger. There is still much work to be done to help those with Alopecia but, as a combined charity, we feel that the challenge will be made easier.”
A great deal of careful consideration was given to the structure of the merged charity and how best to facilitate the merger. As a result, it was agreed that the most pragmatic, and cost effective, approach was to dissolve AAR-UK and pass its assets to AUK; the larger and more established of the two charities.
A new logo was introduced across Alopecia UK’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and in part onto the charity’s website (a new website will be something Alopecia UK work toward in 2018). It was decided by both sets of Trustees that the name Alopecia UK will remain, as it best represents the national charity that the merged charity will become. Further details about Alopecia UK's new logo can be found here.
The AAR-UK Trustees joined the AUK Trustee Board and attended the AUK Trustee Meeting on Friday 27th October. The combined and strengthened Trustee Board will steer the future direction of Alopecia UK.
As part of the merger, a ‘Research Committee' will be created to comprise of existing AAR-UK Trustees and some AUK Trustees. Meetings have already been held with the key individuals in this area, including research scientists and medical professionals, and all are very excited by this new development.
To show its commitment to the research budget, Alopecia UK agreed to match the reserves AAR-UK have brought across to the combined charity and the total sum has been placed in the hands of the Research Committee as an initial reserve for their work, effectively doubling the amount of cash available for research into alopecia.
The Alopecia UK team is very excited for the future. There is a lot of work to do including a new website to build in 2018, the rolling out of our new brand and, of course, investing time and resource in research projects, including the Biobank and new projects.
For the previous press releases regarding the merger, please click on the links below: