Small Charities Coalition appoints new CEO and restructures

24 Jun 2019 News

The Small Charities Coalition has appointed of Rita Chadha as its new chief executive and restructured its staff team.

Chadha has been interim chief executive at Broxbourne Citizens Advice and director at the Migrants’ Rights Network and Localising Equality.

She will take up the role on a part-time basis, sharing the role with SCC's current interim, Elizabeth Balgobin, from July, before taking on the role full time from September.

Chadha said: “I have been championing small voluntary and community organisations for most of my career and am excited to be joining the Small Charities Coalition at a time when the value of small organisations is being recognised. 

“The recruitment process gave me a strong indication of how involved the board are and their willingness to include staff in the selection of a new leader. 

“I look forward to working with the board, staff and our partners to make a real difference to the support for small charities.”

Restructure at SCC

There has also been a restructure at SCC, with two positions made redundant; the two staff will take on new roles in the sector.

The board of trustees said: “The decision to make redundancies was made reluctantly, with considerable regret. 

“It is always sad and difficult to lose talented and dedicated staff. 

“The affected staff worked extremely hard over the last few months while we appointed a new CEO. 

“We hugely appreciate their support in helping us establish a firm footing before they move on. 

“We congratulate them on everything they have achieved in this time, especially the #BigSupportSmall campaign, the 91 per cent increase in supportline queries handled and 800+ attendees at training and events.”

‘Robust and fully inclusive’ recruitment

Chadha was appointed after 56 applications for the role, of which 18 were from women, and a shortlist of six, with five women.

The board of trustees at SCC said: “We are confident that the SCC faces a successful future with the recruitment of a new CEO, and a new strategic plan. 

“The need for our support services is stronger than ever before with many very small charities struggling to survive in difficult times."

Balgobin tweeted: “I'm looking forward to working with @SeriousRita - we've circled each other for years but have never worked together. 

“I admire her grit and achievements and know in my bones she's going to be a great champion for #smallbutvital #SmallCharities @sccoalition.”



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