Kirsty McHugh is to step down as the Chief Executive of ERSA, to take up a new position as the Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, as of 1st January 2019. The news was communicated in a personal note from Kirsty to ERSA members earlier today.

In her note, Kirsty says: “Some of you will remember ERSA in 2010.  We had just over 40 members, were focused exclusively on the Department for Work and Pensions and the member benefits were a grand total of six general meetings per year, a conference, plus a weekly newsletter.  Now we have over 280 members, 80% of whom are not for profit. We have active networks in London, Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Scotland, our reach covers youth employment, offender related services and prison education, housing, homelessness and welfare reform, self-employment and enterprise, amongst other topics.  We’ve introduced the Contract and Funding Alert, Parliamentary bulletin, webinar series, Employability Day, specialist conferences and the sector awards. We couldn’t have done any of this without you.”

The ERSA board will be leading the search for her successor, the process for which will commence shortly.  To cover the interim period, the ERSA board will also be advertising for additional part time support, to work alongside Brian Bell, the ERSA Chair.