Alopecia UK (AUK) and Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK (AAR-UK) announced earlier in the year that they had entered advanced negotiations that both charities hoped would lead to a merger. AUK invited the Trustees of AAR-UK to their national ‘Big Weekend’ event in Birmingham, at which both charities were pleased to report that these discussions have continued well and have resulted in a legal agreement being put in place between both parties.
The legal agreement is conditional on approval for the merger from the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and it is anticipated that this will mean that both charities can finally merge on, or around, 1st November 2017.
A great deal of careful consideration has been given to the structure of the merged charity and how best to facilitate the merger. As a result, it has been agreed that the most pragmatic, and cost effective, approach is to dissolve AAR-UK and pass its assets to AUK: the larger of the two charities. Both charities have also been working on the rebranding of the merged charity. This will be released at the time we merge and will recognise the two contributing parts. Both sets of Trustees have agreed that the name Alopecia UK will remain, as it best represents the national charity that the combined entity will become.
The current Trustees of AAR-UK will join the Trustees of AUK and the combined, and strengthened, Trustee board will steer the future direction of the merged charity. As part of this transformation we will be creating a specific ‘Research Committee’ which will comprise the 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 and potential for the merged charity to provide greater funding towards alopecia research. To start that process AUK also wanted to show their commitment to the research budget by agreeing to match the reserves AAR-UK will bring to the combined charity and placing the total sum 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.
Simon Ray, Chair of Trustees, for AUK said: “We are so pleased that this amicable merger looks to be reaching a conclusion. Anyone attending the AUK Big Weekend in the last four years would be aware of the charity’s clear dedication, knowledge and commitment to research alongside our other stated goals of awareness and support. By combining research knowledge, considerable contacts and funding, we really feel that we can accelerate the progress being made in this area.”
Hugh Gallagher, Chair of Trustees for AAR-UK added: “From my first meeting with AUK it was clear that their commitment to research was as strong as ours. I also feel, alongside my other Trustees, that the combination of AAR-UK and AUK will lead to greater funding being given to research and this money being focused in a more co-ordinated way. I believe we have some exciting times ahead of us.”
For further information, please contact:
Amy Johnson (Communications Manager - Alopecia UK) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth McPherson (Marketing/PR Manager - AAR-UK) - email@example.com