Kirsty McHugh has been Chief Executive of ERSA since 2010, during which time she has overseen a fivefold increase in membership and a major expansion of services. Prior to ERSA, Kirsty spent nine years at Business in the Community, the national charity dedicated to responsible business. Kirsty served as a councillor for 12 years, where she held portfolios for crime prevention, housing and regeneration. She has served as a board director of a large social housing organisation and chaired the project board of a major PFI programme delivering over £200 million in investment. She is a fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals, a member of lmpetus-PEF's Investment Committee and a trustee of an international enterprise charity. Kirsty sits on the Big Lottery Fund panel for the Building Better Opportunities ESF programme
One of the joys of changing jobs is the cathartic nature of clearing one’s desk: ripping out the contents of notebooks for recycling, stumbling across Christmas cards from long gone colleagues, and, in my case, locating the original file of papers detailing ERSA’s set up.
June is most definitely the month to celebrate in ERSA-land. Not only do we have national Employability Day looming on 29 June, where employment support organisations the length and breadth of the UK fling open their doors to welcome the great, the good and the merely interested, but we also have the sector’s national awards.