Rita Chadha will join City Sikhs as its first director, when she leaves the Small Charities Coalition (SCC).
Chadha will take up the new role in August. She has been chief executive of the SCC since 2019 and has previously held leadership and trustee positions at several other organisations.
These have included the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London, and Barking & Dagenham CVS.
Chadha said: “I am looking forward to working with the trustees, advisory group, volunteer ambassadors and our partners to continue to build City Sikhs as one of the leading Sikh and South Asian organisations in Britain promoting community development, education, capacity building and community cohesion.”
She announced her resignation from SCC in an email to members last month. In this email she said: “My decision has not been an easy one, but after two extraordinary and wonderful years my own thinking and views have changed tremendously, and I am eager to return to a more frontline campaigning role addressing some of the very real and urgent challenges of our time.”
Chadha to help take City Sikhs to the next stage of its development
City Sikhs is a UK organisation and has more than 10,000 members. It is the largest network of Sikh professionals in the UK and aims to provide a space for “people to connect, learn, contribute and share and help people develop”.
City Sikhs is an apolitical organisation, so does not support any one group. Its position on politics is centred around Sikh religious values, so City Sikhs actively engage with politics and politicians.
City Sikhs received 39 applications for the position, and from that, a shortlist of four people were invited to interview.
Jasvir Singh, chair of City Sikhs, said: “City Sikhs is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and we are excited and looking forward to working with Rita to help take City Sikhs to the next stage of its development.”
The Small Charities Coalition's new chief executive, Rita Chadha, tells Harriet Whitehead about the organisation's new strategy.