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Announcement: Manny Hothi appointed the new CEO of Trust for London, effective 1 July 2021

Author: Jeff Hayes, Chair, Trust for London

Announcement from Jeff Hayes, Chair of Trust for London

Following my announcement in December that Bharat Mehta, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trust for London, was to step down at the end of October 2021 after 23 years, the Trust started the process of recruiting his successor.

I am delighted to announce that following an extensive recruitment search the Board of Trustees have unanimously approved the appointment of Manny Hothi as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Trust for London. Manny, the current Director of Policy at the Trust for London, will take over as Chief Executive in July 2021, with Bharat Mehta remaining on as an Advisor to the Trust until October 2021.

The Trust for London engaged an experienced voluntary sector professional recruitment firm to assist in the recruitment process and were delighted with the level of interest that was shown in the role. In total the recruitment firm received 138 formal applications for the role.

On behalf of the Board, I am delighted that Manny has been appointed as the new CEO. He was the standout candidate and having been involved in the field of poverty and inequality in London for many years he brings a clear understanding and vision of how the Trust will progress in the future. Having worked at the Trust for the last two years he will also bring a high level of consistency to the organisation as it transitions to the new CEO.

Whilst the Board of Trustees wish Bharat and his family an active, enjoyable, and exciting retirement, we equally wish Manny every success in his new role.

Comment from Manny Hothi, incoming Chief Executive of Trust for London:

I am incredibly grateful to the Trustees for the opportunity to lead the Trust. Since joining in 2018, I have seen first-hand just how important our work is in tackling poverty and inequality in London. The pandemic has only made things worse and we must rise to the challenge ahead if we are to make life better for low-income Londoners. Thankfully, due to inspiring leadership of Bharat, I will inherit an organisation that is in excellent shape moving forward. We have an amazingly talented team of staff and trustees, alongside a strong network of partners and grantees. I am confident that, by working together, we will be able to confront the unacceptably high levels of poverty and help make London a more sustainable place for people to live and flourish.

Comment from Bharat Mehta, outgoing Chief Executive of Trust for London:

It has been an honour and a privilege to have led the Trust over the last two decades, first as Clerk to the Trustees of City Parochial Foundation and since 2010 as Chief Executive of the merged entity, Trust for London. I couldn’t have asked for a better job. I’ve been very lucky to have worked with immensely talented colleagues; and highly skilled and supportive Trustees, past and present. Together, I believe we have been able to address some of the roots causes of poverty and inequality in London. I am very pleased that the Trustees have appointed Manny Hothi to lead the Trust through the next phase of its development. Londoners face significant challenges over the coming years and I know that his strong values, sound principles and steadfast commitment to tackle poverty and inequality will provide the Trust with the leadership it will require to enable it to play its part in addressing them.

7 April 2021