This week has seen the arrival of our new Chief Executive,  Ms Kathy Mohan, formally Regional Head of Housing for St Mungo's Housing.

Kathy replaces Ms Alison Gelder who will be retiring this month after nearly 14 years at the charity, in different roles. 

Kathy Mohan comes to Housing Justice with a strong track record in social housing where she has experience of both designing and delivering services. In a career spanning 30 years, Kathy has operated at senior levels in a range of social housing organisations – and brings a strong personal and professional commitment to the issues of homelessness.

Kathy’s commitment to tackling homelessness and poor housing carries through to her personal life where she has volunteered through her Church to support the winter night shelter movement for many years – helping to lead the transition of her local scheme to CIO status and becoming its first Chair of Trustees.

Through this experience Kathy has direct experience of the importance of Housing Justice in supporting this very valuable voluntary work.
Kathy joins Housing Justice from St Mungo’s Housing, having previously worked for YMCA, The Guinness Partnership, Sanctuary, Servite and within Local Government.

She has also served on an ALMO Board and with a supported housing charity.

As a member of the Church of England, Kathy will be the first Chief Executive of the charity who has not been a practising Roman Catholic or a member of its clergy within the 60 year history.

Speaking of joining the Housing Justice team, Kathy Mohan, newly appointed Chief Executive said:

“I am excited and honoured to be taking on the role as Chief Executive at Housing Justice. I look forward to building upon the work of Alison – and to ensuring that Housing Justice continues to play a key role in the response to the challenges of homelessness faced by too many people in our society.

The role of faith groups in alleviating the suffering caused by homelessness and poor housing is immense – channelling and securing this work is a key challenge. On a personal level it offers me the opportunity to combine my skills and experience from a 30 year career in ‘Housing’ with my personal mission, faith and values to affect change and alleviate the suffering caused by homelessness”.

Speaking at the time of her appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd James Langstaff said:

"I am delighted to share the news of a new  top team at Housing Justice. The appointment of Kathy Mohan and also Jacob Quagliozzi as the new Deputy Director will bring around a new season for the charity, building on the excellent legacy of Alison Gelder and Alastair Murray.

Both Alison and Alistair have faithfully served Housing Justice and I want to pay tribute for their work. Under their leadership, Housing Justice has become a credible organisation for which church, Government and the wider sector can look for advice, a strong campaigning arm and a demonstration of increased practical action for often the least in our society.

I am equally confident that under Kathy's leadership, with Jacob supporting her in that, Housing Justice will continue to do that in new and creative ways as we seek to remind society that everyone needs a home - not simply a house."