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Thinking about merger: lessons from the field

Thinking about merger: lessons from the field

10:00-12:30 (Kings Cross, London)

February 2018


Thinking about merger? Join us on Thursday 24 May (10:00-12:30) for a free workshop looking at the drivers for merger in voluntary organisations; success factors; legal and formal requirements; and the ‘lived’ experience.

The session is aimed at CEOs and trustees of voluntary organisations at any stage of thinking about merger – from those curious about merger to those currently engaged in the merger process.


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Kings Place

90 York Way

Kings Cross

London N1 9AG


Leah Swain

CEO of Community First Yorkshire. In 2017 Leah lead her organisation, formerly Rural Action Yorkshire, through a merger with North Yorkshire and North York Forum to become Community First Yorkshire.   

Lawrie Simanowitz

Partner at the law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite. Lawrie has worked on 20-30 charity mergers, some of which involved hundreds of organisations.

Ben Cairns

Director of IVAR. Through his work at IVAR Ben has supported more than 50 voluntary organisations thinking about and going through the merger process and co-authored Thinking about Merger.

To book your free place, please email 
by Monday 30 April.


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