The Week in Charities

- The Children's Society head of media Richard Johnson is standing down after four years. He will join the world governing body for equestrian sport Federation equestre Internationale as director of comms in September, based in Lausanne.

- Age Concern and Help the Aged's comms jobs are secure until at least April 2009, according to Age Concern's media manager Brendan Paddy. The two charities have agreed to merge after years of debate, but plans are in the very early stages. 'Any redundancies or staff changes that might be required as a result of the creation of a new charity will not take place until well into 2009,' said Paddy.

- The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has appointed the Royal National Institute of Blind People's Grant Imlach as media and comms manager. He will report to head of campaigns and comms Louis High. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Jemima Broadbridge has also joined as media officer.

- africapractice has formed an advisory panel to advise clients on water efficiency, community water supply and sanitation provision. The panel includes former UN water expert Marcia Brewster.

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