Arvinda Gohil

Chief Executive, Central YMCA


Arvinda is Chief Executive of Central YMCA, the first ever YMCA. She was previously Chief Executive of Community Links, a social action and advocacy charity based in East London, where she led a strategic partnership with a national charity Catch22. Arvinda has worked in the not for profit and charitable sector all of her working life, including Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, where she developed a federation wide strategy and introduced social investment to member organisations. Prior to this, she ran her own consultancy for five years, specialising in governance, leadership and equalities. Previous roles include Membership Services Director at the National Housing Federation; Assistant Director for Regulation at the Housing Corporation and Chief Executive of two Housing Associations. Arvinda has also worked in South Africa where she assisted in developing a social housing model. As an experienced non-executive, Arvinda is the Chair of the Peel, a charity that's been building a connected community in Clerkenwell since 1898; a non-executive director on the Board of Sanctuary Housing Group and an advisory board member at the Fore. Arvinda is passionate about bringing equity for and with people and is a collaborative leader looking to bring about systemic change where communities and individuals have been failed by those in power and those that distribute resources. She is passionate about placed based approaches where communities are given the opportunity to create environments that work for them.

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