Carers Trust appoints new chief executive

Kirsty McHugh will join Carers Trust in February after three years leading the Mayor's Fund for London

Kirsty McHugh
Kirsty McHugh

The unpaid carers support charity Carers Trust has appointed Kirsty McHugh as its next chief executive.

McHugh, who has spent almost three years as chief executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, which supports young Londoners from low income backgrounds, will succeed Gareth Howells, who stepped down in August after a year-and-a-half in post for a “variety of professional and personal reasons”, the charity said at the time.

McHugh was previously chief executive of the employment support sector membership body the Employment Related Services Association.

She has also held a senior role at the responsible business charity Business in the Community, been a panel member for the National Lottery’s Building Better Opportunities Fund and spent 12 years as a Labour Party councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Carers Trust said McHugh, who will take up her new role at the end of February, had also cared for a close family member approaching the end of their life and for another with a long-term disability.

“I am only too aware from my own personal experience just how undervalued unpaid carers are, and how difficult life is for them as a result,” said McHugh.

“So, I am thrilled to have been entrusted with the opportunity to work with the team at Carers Trust, its network of local partners and unpaid carers themselves to change that.

“I am particularly excited by the prospect of working to keep Carers Trust at the forefront of securing change for the UK’s unpaid carers, whether through achieving policy change at the national level, helping to improve service delivery more locally, or by working with employers and schools to increase understanding of unpaid carers and their caring responsibilities away from the workplace and classroom.”

John McLean, chair of the Carers Trust, said: “I am thrilled that we’ve been able to attract someone of Kirsty’s calibre and reputation to take up the leadership of Carers Trust at such a pivotal time for social care and unpaid carers.

“Throughout the recruitment process, Kirsty’s deep commitment to securing positive change for the disadvantaged shone through, as did her extensive experience of actually delivering change.”

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