Norwood’s Senior Management

Norwood’s Senior Management Team is responsible for implementing the strategic decisions made by our Trustee Board.

Our Chief Executive, Dr Beverley Jacobson, heads up a team of professional and experienced senior managers. The team works together to ensure that Norwood makes the best possible use of all available resources. Our aim is to achieve positive outcomes for all the people who use our services.

Dr Beverley Jacobson – Chief Executive

Dr Beverley JacobsonDr Beverley Jacobson joined Norwood as Chief Executive in 2018 following a decade long term as Chief Executive of learning disability charity Kisharon. Bev, who is widely regarded as an inspirational leader, is extremely passionate about Norwood and championing everything Norwood represents.

Bev was awarded the Charity Times’ Charity Principal of the Year award for 2016 “for leading a remarkable year [at Kisharon] with direction and delivery”.

Abiola Yusuf – Director of Finance and IT

Abiola YusufAbiola joined Norwood in 2016 with a strong financial background in housing associations and non-profits. She has responsibility for Finance, Technology (IT and AT), Legacy and is also the Company Secretary.

Abiola is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) and has a Masters of Business Administration. She is a non-executive Board member of a charity in Enfield and also chairs its Resources Committee. In her leisure, Abiola enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Hazel Kaye – Director of Transformation

Hazel KayeHazel joined Norwood as Director of Transformation following 16 years at Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD), 13 of which she spent in the role of Chief Executive. At JBD, Hazel implemented and oversaw a range of significant changes to the organisation as well as the expansion of their services and buildings.

Passionate about charitable work in the Jewish Community, Hazel also worked at the UJIA and UJS before joining Jewish Blind & Disabled.

Mikkel Togsverd – Director of Services & Development

Mikkel TogsverdMikkel joined Norwood January 2020 and has more than 24 years’ experience of working in Social Care. Starting his career on the front line as a support worker, he was a registered manager before taking on more senior operational post in both the private and voluntary sector. Mikkel joins us having worked at Managing Director level in the private sector for the last five years.

Outside of work, Mikkel is a trustee of a self-advocacy charity for people with Learning Disabilities and a keen cyclist.

Shona McBride – Director of Workforce

Shona McBrideShona joined Norwood as Head of Human Resources in 2005 and moved to her current role in 2012. Previously she spent many years in the public sector, latterly as Director of Human Resources for a large hospital trust.

Shona is a chartered member of the CIPD.