Governance and Personnel Committee
Kirsty McHugh – Interim Chair of Governance and Personnel Committee
A member of Gateway’s Board as of October 2017, Kirsty McHugh was appointed to the Governance and People Committee in 2017. Kirsty is the Chief Executive of The Mayor's Fund for London. Prior to this, she was Chief Executive at the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA). Her cross-sector expertise encompasses employment, education, regeneration, housing and welfare reform, disability, and social sector issues.
A member of Gateway’s Board as of August 2021, Amarjit was appointed to the Governance and People Committee in 2021. Amarjit has held leadership roles for over a decade specialising in delivering strategy, operations, and transformation. She has managed central government contracts and led teams in social housing and the private sector, including as Programme Director for homelessness support and prevention contracts across London. She is a board member at grassroots and mainstream organisations and an active member of Women in Social Housing (WISH).
Interim Chair of Gateway’s Board as of October 2020, Bala Mahendran was appointed to the Governance and People Committee in 2020. Gateway Board in October 2020 and was appointed Interim Chair of the Board in April 2022. Bala has worked in Local Government since 1986. He was Chief Executive of Basildon Borough Council and former Chair of the Essex Chief Executive Association and the Basildon Community Safety Partnership. He was also the Deputy Chair of Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT). His interests include housing, regeneration, and achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth.