Eastside Primetimers has been tracking mergers in the sector since 2013, and launched our 2020-21 report on 24th February 2022.

Our research brings unique insights to help build a picture of what has been happening to organisations as they navigate the challenges and uncertainty created by the pandemic. We’ve identified some clear differences in the pattern of mergers in the past year and this raises important questions for what lies ahead, and how the sector will adapt.

About the panellists

Clive Vergnaud, Stone King – Senior Associate Charity and Social Enterprise Team

Clive is a Senior Associate in legal firm Stone King’s Charity & Social Enterprise team, advising charities, social enterprises, and purpose-led businesses to help them achieve greater impact.

Clive will share his experience and insights gained from working across the sector in supporting mergers and collaborations – including formations, funding, and regulatory changes.

Sarah Hillier, Chief Executive Officer Northamptonshire Mind

Sarah Hillier is Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Mind – formed in 2020 by the merger of four independent Mind charities: Northamptonshire & District Mind; Corby Mind; Rushden Mind; and Wellingborough Mind.

Sarah will share her experience of being appointed as CEO to the new Northamptonshire Mind and her reflections on a journey which has seen Northamptonshire Mind become the largest third sector mental health service provider in the county, providing services, advocacy and training for mental health professionals.

David Webster – Chief Executive Officer Douglas Macmillan Hospice

David Webster is Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Macmillan (Dougie Mac) Hospice, which serves 3,500 people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers, in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

In 2021 David completed the amalgamation of local children’s hospice The Donna Louise Trust into Dougie Mac. He will share his experience of conducting a merger during the pandemic; how merger must be driven by strategic focus; the key role for Boards; and when a strategic alliance may prove a better vehicle for collaboration than merger.

Chris Wright – Chief Executive Catch 22

Chris Wright is Chief Executive of Catch22, the social business driving public service reform across justice, education, employment and family support around the UK. Chris leads a team of 1,800 staff and volunteers that supports over 100,000 people nationally.

Chris is a firm advocate of more consolidation among charities and social enterprises to drive more resources to beneficiaries. He will share his experiences of merger, de-merger, partnerships and strategic alliances – the benefits and the potential pitfalls to avoid.

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