The trustees of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are pleased to announce the merger of the two charities following the completion of detailed negotiations over the last six months.
The move will place the unified organisation in a much stronger position to achieve its joint mission of reducing the harms caused by alcohol; combining Alcohol Research UK’s long history of research excellence with Alcohol Concern’s strong advocacy and campaigning work.
Under the merger, Alcohol Concern’s assets, undertakings and staff transfer to Alcohol Research UK. This includes projects such as Dry January, the Consultancy and Training Unit and Alcohol Concern Wales. In the medium-term, these will continue to be delivered under the Alcohol Concern brand, while work previously undertaken by Alcohol Research UK will continue under that name. A strategy for the long-term will be developed over the summer.
Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, who becomes Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the combined organisation, said: “We’re delighted the merger is now complete. The charities’ mission and activities complement each other perfectly and we look forward to determining the future strategic direction of the combined organisation in the coming months.”
Richard Sumray, outgoing Chair of Alcohol Concern, said: “I’m confident that the excellent advocacy work of Alcohol Concern will be strengthened by the growing evidence base fostered by Alcohol Research UK. It’s important for policy and practice to be well informed by robust research.”
Two former Alcohol Concern trustees, Dr Emily Finch and Mr Peter Holland, have joined the Alcohol Research UK board.
The merged organisation will be based at its new premises at 27 Swinton Street, King’s Cross, from 3rd April 2017.