Bharat Mehta, chief executive of the poverty and inequality charity Trust for London, is to retire after 23 years in the role.
Mehta joined as clerk to the trustees of the charity’s predecessor, the City Parochial Foundation, before overseeing its transformation to its current form in 2010.
He was previously chief executive of the mental health charity Rethink and also worked for the Medical Research Council and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
He said it was the right time for him to step down because Trust for London would begin developing its next five-year strategy later this year, and it was important that his successor would have a role in drawing that up.
“It will be a wrench to leave an organisation that I love, but I feel it is the right time in order to enable a smooth transition, from both governance and management perspectives,” said Mehta, who was appointed CBE in 2016.
“It has been an amazing journey, shared with truly gifted trustees, colleagues and friends, and together, the trust has had some significant successes in tackling poverty and inequality in London.”
The exact timing of his departure will depend on when his successor can take over, but he is expected to leave at some point this year.
Jeff Hayes, chair of Trust for London, said Mehta had made an incredibly positive impact on the charity.
“He is passionate about people who are disadvantaged and has made it his personal ambition to use his position to influence, persuade and lobby key stakeholders to challenge the root causes of inequality and poverty,” said Hayes.
“His passion has also helped to shape how the Trust for London has responded to the changing environment in London, and over his term he has doubled the level of grant funding made available to those organisations supporting disadvantaged Londoners.
“He has also encouraged the trust to take on areas of poverty and inequality that are not always popular, while at the same time persuading other foundations to work in collaboration to find long-term solutions to the growing problems in London.”