Rita Chadha has joined the membership charity City Sikhs as its first director.
The charity said Chadha, who was previously chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition, had joined yesterday.
She announced last month that she would be stepping down from the SCC after two years in post because she wanted to take up a more frontline campaigning role.
City Sikhs, which has more than 10,000 members, works to build a more cohesive and inclusive society. It said it had 40 volunteers and Chadha would be its first employee.
Before joining the SCC Chadha, who spent 11 years as chief executive of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London, had been working on short-term projects for different small charities, including as chief executive of the community interest company Localising Equality, which aimed to help help local authorities work better with refugee and migrant organisations.
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."
Jasvir Singh, chair of City Sikhs, said the charity was “excited and looking forward to working with Rita to help take City Sikhs to the next stage of its development”.