From 1 January, Gerald Oppenheim, formerly director of policy and communications at the Community Fund, takes up the post of director, planning and performance in the new distributor.
The appointments were announced today by Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the new distributor. He said the appointments will enable plans to move ahead speedily towards the spring launch of the new distributor.
He added: 'The combined expertise and experience that Gerald Oppenheim and Vanessa Potter bring to the new distributor are appreciated across the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund. This announcement will help pave the way for the integration of the two organisations and prepare for the arrival of the new, co-terminus board in spring 2004.
'The continuity which Gerald and Vanessa provide will also reassure both Funds' stakeholders, partners and customers that we will continue to deliver funding for the benefit of communities across the UK'.
The new distributor will play a lead role in implementing the government's agenda to transform lottery distribution to ensure that the benefits of funding reach communities, to promote social inclusion and partnership working, and to explore new ways of engaging the voluntary and community sector.
The New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund are working together to facilitate the transition towards the new distributor announced by the secretary of state, Tessa Jowell, in July 2003. The new year will see the appointment of a new chair and the administrative merger is expected to take place at some point between April and June this year.
1. On 3 July 2003 the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund jointly welcomed the Decision Document announcement of the creation of a new single distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, formed by a merger of the two Funds.
New Opportunities Fund
The New Opportunities Fund is the biggest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, providing National Lottery funding for health, education and environment projects across the UK, with a particular focus on improving quality of life, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Since its launch in 1998, the New Opportunities Fund has committed£2.1bn to initiatives with national, regional and local partners from the public, voluntary and private sectors. Its work has been focused on the needs of people who are most disadvantaged in society, delivering programmes supporting health, education and environment which complement the national, regional and local priorities.
The Community Fund gives out money raised by the National Lottery to charities and to voluntary and community groups. Out of every£1 spent on the National Lottery the Community Fund gets 4.7 pence.
Since 1995 Community Fund has awarded over 59,000 grants worth more than£2.7 bn to UK charities and voluntary groups.
The legal name of the Community Fund remains the National Lottery Charities Board. The National Lottery Charities Board was set up in 1994 and changed its operating name to Community Fund - Lottery money making a difference in April 2001.