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Arhag appoints new CEO

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Arhag has appointed Arvinda Gohil as its new chief executive.

The BME housing association has chosen Gohil to fill the role following the recent departure of Cedric Boston.

Arvinda, who is a founder of the BME housing movement at Unity Housing Association and subsequently Inquilab, will lead Arhag on an interim basis, as it moves into the second phase of its transformation as a ‘go-to’ organisation for migrants and refugees in London.

She will be oversee the development of Arhag and partners’ range of services, such as housing, medical, employment, and legal advice, as well as bedding in the new partnerships as they settle into a working environment together.

Commenting on her appointment, Arvinda, who was recently awarded an OBE, said: “I am very pleased to be taking the organisation forward at this exciting time. The foundations for the ‘Go-to’ agenda have been firmly laid, it is now for us to build on this and take the project forward.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a strong and powerful offer of support to people looking to make a life for themselves in London.”

Qadeer Kiani, chair of Arhag, said: “We welcome Arvinda to Arhag. With a wealth of knowledge in the sector, working with communities, we are certain she will be able to take the association forward and help us achieve our vision.

“Her skills are ideal for the challenge of ensuring the best housing services are delivered, while developing our range of services for migrants and refugees.”

Kiani added: “I would also pay tribute to Cedric for his immense contribution over four years. He was appointed with the specific aim to help us deliver on the ‘go-to agenda’, and, having achieved this, he has decided to move on.

“He has been a major factor in the work that has gone into bringing about this change, and I pay tribute to all the hard work he has put in.”

Arhag moved into its new office and community space, ‘The People’s Place’, in Stratford earlier this month.