How will I know if it’s the right thing to do?

How will I know if it’s the right thing to do?

January 2018


We asked the leaders of three voluntary organisations that we have supported with merger to share their thoughts:

Joanna Holmes
Chief Executive of Barton Hill Settlement

‘It depends a little bit on the circumstances. However, you need to trust your instincts.

Does it make you feel excited and give you a strong feeling that bringing the organisations together creates something more for the people you serve than you can achieve separately? Can you imagine describing the new organisation to different people quite simply so that it feels like a natural fit and a positive move? If you still have doubts I would advise listing them carefully and going through them with senior staff or Board members until you are sure, as it will be hard if you are not completely convinced.’

Gillian Santi
Former Chair of the Independent Adoption Service (IAS)

‘The organisation was under increasing financial pressure and the Board agreed that merger was the best way forward.

Structured conversations with IVAR assured me that I was making the right decision and that there was a good match between the two charities.’

Laurie Rackind and Neil Taylor
Chief Executive and Trustee of Jami UK

‘If you don’t already know if it’s the right thing to do … then it’s probably not!

We had a very simple vision – to create a single service. Had our vision included anything that needed debate, then we would most likely have failed to complete the process. Whatever the challenges and disagreements (and there were plenty), we never doubted that we were striving for the right goal. Four years on, we still question how we should do things and what we should do … but we never question why we did it.’

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