The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the sector body for the welfare to work industry, is delighted to announce that Maeve McGoldrick will be joining ERSA in the new year as Director of Policy and Communications.

Maeve is a well respected charity campaigner and policy specialist, with a strong track record in employment related services.  Currently employed by the charity Community Links, in the East End of London, Maeve has led workstreams related to welfare reform, the grey economy and self-employment, plus working age poverty.  Prior to her role at Community Links, Maeve worked for an international anti-poverty organisation and the British Youth Council.

Maeve is involved with a number of key policy forums including the Social Security Advisory Committee, the Department for Work and Pensions’ Policy and Operations Forum and the Breakthrough Britain 2 working group of the Centre for Social Justice. She was also the UK ambassador for the EU Year on Working Age Poverty.

In her new role at ERSA, Maeve will be supporting the formulation and implementation of ERSA’s policy, public affairs and communications work on behalf of ERSA members and will work closely with the ERSA executive and ERSA board to develop ERSA’s strategic thinking for the coming years. 

Maeve McGoldrick, said: “Moving into, or returning to employment, can make a fundamental difference to people’s lives and I believe that ERSA has a pivotal role to play in ensuring that jobseekers are given the best possible support to do this. I look forward to working with ERSA towards this goal.”

Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Maeve on board. Maeve has an impressive background in running national campaigns and is thought of very highly within the industry. I know that she will be an asset to the ERSA team. “


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Notes to Editors

1. The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the sector body for the welfare to work industry. Established in 2005, for the industry by the industry, it exists to help its members achieve their shared goal: to help people achieve and sustain employment.

2. ERSA’s membership is as diverse as the welfare to work industry itself. Its members deliver a wide range of government-commissioned welfare to work programmes, including the Work Programme, Work Choice, Mandatory Work Activity and ESF Families, plus other employment-related services.

3. A full list of ERSA board members can be found on the ERSA website, please see here.