The Directors of PraxisUnico and AURIL are delighted to announce that they have formally agreed to join forces to form one organisation representing the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) profession in the UK, effective 1 April 2017.
After a year of consultation and discussion, a transition period now begins, during which the new Board will set the strategic direction of the new organisation, and explore new partnership and collaboration opportunities.
Martin Davies, co-Chair of the new organisation (and former Chair of AURIL) said “Our members told us that they would be highly supportive of this development and we are very excited by the many opportunities that this will now provide for our sector as a whole and which will enable us to offer an expanded range of services and benefits to all constituents. The new Board is looking forward to working with members from across the whole range of organisations we now represent to shape the way forward.”
Angela Kukula, co-Chair of the new organisation (and former Chair of PraxisUnico) commented “We believe that having one organisation representing the KEC profession will enable us to better represent, develop and support our members and allow more effective communication and interaction with our key stakeholders. We are really looking forward to continuing the work we have already started with several key organisations to capitalise on the real strength of the KEC sector in the UK.”
The executive teams from PraxisUnico and AURIL are now working together to ensure a seamless transition. For the remainder of 2017, the training and conference events and advocacy initiatives of both parent organisations will continue as planned but will now be jointly branded and delivered. The name for the new organisation will be chosen during the summer as the strategic planning evolves and will be announced at the October conference in Bristol – members and stakeholders are being invited to send in their suggestions.
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