Our Trustee Board

Norwood is governed by a Trustee Board. The Trustee Board decides on Norwood’s strategy, which the Senior Management Team then implements. The Trustee Board has up to fourteen members.

The Trustee Board delegates some of its work to sub-committees. These are made up of Trustees and a pool of voluntary experts with relevant skills and experience. Together, these lay leaders provide a vital additional resource to Norwood, helping with governance and supporting the Senior Management and their teams.

Neville Kahn – Chair (appointed 2018)

Neville KahnNeville is a Partner in Blandford Capital LLP a private investment vehicle having retired from Deloitte LLP where he was Managing Partner of NW Europe Financial Advisory.

Neville has been involved with Norwood as a supporter for a number of years and has appeared as a guest speaker at Norwood fundraising events. In 2005, he co-founded the Norwood Distressed Investors Dinner Committee.

Neville is also active in several other community organisations and is both a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London.

Angela Hodes (appointed 2016)

Angela HodesAngela is a barrister and mediator specializing in the Court of Protection.

Her background is of an established family practitioner with experience in all aspects of family law. In addition to her practice at the Bar she is Assistant Coroner for London Inner West and is a co- author of “Dementia and the Law”.

Angela has been involved with Norwood for many years, initially with the Management Committee for Fostering and Adoption and currently with Norwood Operational Services Committee.

Anthony Rabin (appointed 2015)

Anthony RabinAnthony is a Barrister and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He was an executive director of Balfour Beatty plc for 10 years, six as Chief Financial Officer and four as Deputy Chief Executive and was previously a partner in Coopers and Lybrand and has worked in investment banking. He is currently Chairman of Yorkshire Water.

Anthony has been involved with Norwood as a supporter for a number of years and has chaired the Ravenswood Redevelopment Group since 2013.

David Smith (appointed 2016)

David SmithDavid is the Group Head of Tax and Corporate Finance at Balfour Beatty (joining after Anthony’s retirement) managing Tax and M&A activities globally. He leads a team based in London, Newcastle and New York. David also oversees the group’s UK DB pensions liabilities from the company perspective and sits on the investment committee of the main pension fund (circa £3bn assets). In addition David manages the Group’s insurance team in the UK. Prior to joining Balfour Beatty David was Group Head of Tax at International Power plc where he played a central role in the Group’s sale to GDF Suez SA. David spent a number of years in the tax department at Reuters (now Thomson Reuters). David is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, has a BSc in Maths and an MBA.

David is currently the co-chair of Highgate Synagogue (United) which is nearing completion of a £2.5m rebuilding project. David will hand over his Highgate responsibilities in October. David is also part of a cross communal working party supporting the Partnership for Jewish Schools.

David has been a member of the Norwood Audit Committee since December 2010, and was a member of the Corporate Services Committee until 2014 (when he stood down to take up the chair at Highgate Synagogue).

Gary Sacks (appointed 2015)

Gary SacksGary is the Managing Director of City and Docklands Property Group.

He has been involved with Norwood for many years and held the title of Fundraising Chair from 2006 to 2014. Gary has also overseen many major fundraising events for Norwood, helping to raise the £12m of voluntary income needed to run our services. These included:

Annual Dinner, Business Breakfast, Property Lunch, and a range of community fundraising, YN and Challenge events.

David Stanton – Joint Treasurer (appointed 2014)

David StantonDavid is an Asset Director for Ontario Airports Investments Limited (OAIL) which is majority owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) of Canada. OAIL provides investment management services on behalf of OTPP for Brussels, Bristol, Birmingham and Copenhagen Airports. He is currently Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Copenhagen Airports as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Birmingham Airport. He previously spent 10 years as Corporate Development Director with BBA Aviation PLC.

David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in 1994 and has been involved with Norwood since 2011 assisting with the recent strategic review and other financial and business related activities.

Andrew and David work together to support our Chief Financial and Operating Officer to ensure that Norwood’s finances are prudently managed. Andrew is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Investment Committee and attends the Corporate Services Committee. David is the Chair of the Corporate Services Committee and attends the Audit and Risk committee. Between them, these committees oversee finance, health and safety, IT, property, audit and risk management within Norwood.

Lady Elaine Sacks (appointed 2012)

Lady Elaine SacksLady Sacks originally trained and practised as a radiographer. Today she teaches and mentors in Jewish communities throughout the UK and the world. Taking the opportunity to continue her studies, she was recently awarded an MSc in Criminology.

Lady Sacks has been a supporter of Norwood for many years. She takes a particular interest in supporting a number of charities, both Jewish and non-Jewish, including many that are associated with Jewish education.

She has been actively involved in many aspects of the Jewish Community for over 30 years.

Glynnis Joffe (appointed 2018)

Glynnis JoffeGlynnis has over 30 years experience, working in local authority social services departments. She has held senior social services leadership and management roles for over 15 years, being responsible for all aspects of adult social services including operations, commissioning, safeguarding and the workforce.

Glynnis has a strong commitment to partnerships with health services, the voluntary sector and those who use services and their carers.

Glynnis is on the Norwood Operations Committee.

Julia Chain – Deputy Chair (appointed 2013)

Julia ChainJulia qualified as a solicitor, specialising in corporate finance law. She held senior legal roles in various companies, including Managing Partner, Andersen Legal and General Counsel, T-Mobile UK. She moved into management consultancy in 2004 advising Law Firms and Corporate Law departments

Julia spent 6 years as first Commissioner and then Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) with a particular interest in issues concerning the Jewish community in Britain.

She has a number of non-executive positions including:

Member of the Strategy Board of the Law and Business faculty of St Gallen University, Switzerland
Non-Executive Frontier Economics Consultancy
Founder Governor of Rimon Jewish Free School
Julia is currently Director of GC Services at RPC Perform

Mark Pollack – Fundraising Chair (appointed 2013)

Mark PollackMark is a founding partner of Aston Chase, an independent niche estate agency practice established in 1985. Aston Chase is widely recognized as one of London’s most respected agencies focusing on Sales, Lettings and New Homes throughout Central and North West London.

Mark is also a Director and Board member of both The London Magazine and Fabric, which are two of London’s leading lifestyle/property publications.

Mark has been an active fundraiser for Norwood for over 25 years, and has Co-Chaired the Norwood Property Lunch committee for the last three years. In addition, he has participated in multiple Norwood International Cycle Challenges and has run two marathons raising vital funds for Norwood and other worthy causes.

Linda Goldberg (reappointed 2018)

Linda GoldbergLinda began her career as a primary school teacher and has 25 years business management experience in the private and voluntary sector.

For 10 years, she was Chief Executive of Cosgrove Care, a voluntary organisation supporting the diverse needs of children and adults with learning disabilities and their families. Cosgrove Care gained a National Charity Award in 2001 for excellence in change management.

Linda is involved in several community organisations including:

  • Judith Trust Board, where she advises on including Jewish people with learning disabilities within the Jewish religious and communal world.
  • Jweb which is a Jewish site/hub for the carers of people with learning disabilities.
  • She has also been involved with Interlink and Ezer Leyoldos.

Philip Hertz (appointed 2016)

Philip HertzPhilip is a Partner and the Global Head of Restructuring and Insolvency at international law firm Clifford Chance where he has advised companies, lenders, investors and other stakeholders in relation to some of the most complex and significant cross border restructurings and insolvencies.

Philip has been a supporter of Norwood for a number for years. He is not only responsible for Clifford Chance agreeing to advise Norwood as part of its community outreach and pro bono programme but has also participated in a number of challenge events for Norwood including the London Marathon and multiple international cycle rides.

Philip has also been active in his local community, having just stepped down as Chairman of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue.

Tamara Finkelstein (appointed 2018)

Tamara FinkelsteinTamara is the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Most of her career has been at the Treasury with roles including private secretary and speechwriter to the Chancellor, and leading on public services expenditure including on health, education and housing.

She was formerly Director General for EU Exit Delivery at Defra from April 2018 to March 2019. Before that, she was leading the Building Safety Programme in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. She has worked in other government departments on policy and delivery in health and children’s services including as Deputy Head of Sure Start, and as Director General for Community Care at the Department of Health and Social Care, with responsibility for social care and community services. Tamara is a senior sponsor of the Jewish Civil Servant Network.

In her community life Tamara has recently completed four years as co-Chair of New North London Masorti Synagogue and is a trustee of JCoSS.