We are pleased to announce that Sarah Mitchell will be the new Director for Heart of the City from 30th May 2017.
Sarah will be joining us from Carers Network where she was CEO for just over three years. She was responsible for the overall leadership of the charity in their role supporting unpaid carers across London.
We took a short coffee break with Sarah and she told us what drew her to Heart of the City and why Wapping is her favourite part of London.
What attracted you to Heart of the City?
I was excited by the creative ways that businesses are giving something back to their communities through Heart of the City. I also felt that with my knowledge of charities and communities across London I could really help Heart of the City to work with a wider network, share more ideas and have an even bigger impact.
What advice would you give to an SME just starting out on their responsible business journey?
Keep things simple, don’t try to do too much and focus on delivering a few things really well.
As Chief Executive at Carers Network what was your greatest achievement?
Bringing support to more than one thousand more carers in central London and raising the profile of the charity, so that many more people recognise themselves as carers and realise that they are not alone.
What inspired you to become a board trustee at Nationwide Foundation?
Their work on housing: decent and affordable housing has a massive impact across the UK; it effects our opportunities to work, to have a family and to live healthy lives. The Nationwide Foundation is a charity which focuses exclusively on funding projects tackling the housing crisis across a range of regional markets. I was, and am, really proud of the Foundation’s track record of supporting creative solutions to this crisis, and to sharing our results with partners across the sector.
And finally, what is your favourite part of London?
I love the Thames at Wapping, where it smells of the sea and widens out into an estuary leaving behind strange beaches
awash with historical treasures. From some angles this area looks like the setting for a Dickens novel, but turn around and you
have all the iconic buildings of Canary Wharf and the City in full view. The river brings together for me everything I love about London – the old and the new.