Norwood’s Advisory Council

The Norwood Advisory Council is a group of highly respected people, who are experts in their particular fields and whose expertise is relevant to Norwood.

The Advisory Council meets two or three times a year to be brought up to date about Norwood services and advise on new projects and initiatives. Norwood’s Chief Executive, Dr Beverley Jacobson, attends the meetings to present the latest information and answer questions.

Council members make themselves available to offer advice or guidance to the Chief Executive or the Chair at times when expertise is needed. This can be to support a corporate situation, a specific service or a senior member of staff.

Although the Advisory Council is part of Norwood’s lay leadership structure, the Council has no formal obligations. Members sit in an honorary capacity and have no statutory responsibilities.

David Ereira – Chair

David Ereira – ChairDavid is a commercial investment real estate consultant with a long involvement with Norwood dating back to 1992. He has a strong belief in the mentoring, development and involvement of young lay people in all aspects of community and charitable work.

David founded YN (for 21-35-year-olds), one of the largest young professional lay networks with 2-3,000 active members. He holds a number of responsibilities within Norwood, including Chair of our Advisory Council and Vice-Chair of our Operational Service Committee. David is also currently involved in several other community organisations, including:

  • Partnership Association of Jewish Schools.
  • Chabad Lubavitch UK.
  • Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme.
  • Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

Professor Simon Baron-CohenSimon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is also Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) and of CLASS (Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service).
He holds degrees from Oxford, UCL and the Institute of Psychiatry.

He has published and edited a number of books and scholarly anthologies, as well as informative books for parents and teachers.

He has been awarded prizes for his research into autism by a number of institutions including:

  • American Psychological Association.
  • British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA).
  • British Psychological Society (BPS), who gave him their Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge in 2006.

Norma Brier OBE

Norma Brier OBENorma Brier was Chief Executive of Norwood from 1996-2011, having previously been Executive Director of Ravenswood Foundation. She led the merger of those two organisations in 1996. She has sat on several representative and consultative bodies including:

  • Learning Disability Advisory Group, which established a strategy for learning disability for the Department of Health and led to the publication of the White Paper ‘Valuing People’ in 2002.
  • National Required Standards Advisory Group, which established the new National Standards for Care for the inspection and regulation of services for disabled adults and young people.
  • 2000-2001 independent Inquiry into Paediatric Cardiac Services at the Royal Brompton and Harefied Hospitals.
  • Sense’s Board of Trustees.
  • NCVCCO (National Council for Voluntary Childcare Organisations) Board of Trustees
    VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), a national umbrella body for all disability organisations.

Max Caller CBE

Max Caller CBEMax was brought up in South Wales before coming to London to study civil engineering. He worked for a number of London Boroughs before being appointed Chief Executive and Returning Officer at Barnet in 1989. He moved to become Chief Executive at the London Borough of Hackney from 2000-2004, when he retired.

He briefly interrupted his retirement to take on the role of Interim Chief Executive at the London Borough of Haringey for a year. He has been extensively involved in electoral work including:

  • Returning Officer for all classes of elections.
  • The first London Regional Officer for the European Parliament Elections in 1999.
  • Electoral Commissioner.
  • Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

Ruth Fasht OBE

Ruth Fasht OBERuth qualified as a social worker at the London School of Economics and as a group analyst at The Institute of Group Analysis, London.

She has had a long involvement with Norwood, spending over 20 years as a Director of Norwood. She has also been a Director of the Norwood Adoption Society.

She has been involved in a number of other organisations including:

  • Adoption Register for England and Wales, where she was Director from 2001–2004.
  • Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, where she is currently Chair of the Compliance Committee.
  • Ruth has contributed to many international, national and local government working groups and projects concerned with child and family welfare.

Gill Gallick

Gill GallickGill is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has worked in the specialist area of neuropaediatrics (cerebral palsy) for the past 30 years.

She is a Senior Bobath Tutor and Secretary of the European Bobath Tutors Assocation (EBTA). She spent 25 years at the London Bobath Centre. There she treated children, trained tutors, organised and delivered courses across the world and designed equipment.

For the past 6 years, Gill has worked as a freelance practitioner with a clinical caseload. She also:

  • Lectures, both nationally and internationally and appears as a medico-legal expert witness.
  • Writes literature and develops courses for therapists on the implications of Manual Handling legislation.
  • Moderates a professional website (BABTT) on behalf of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Dr Danya Glaser

Dr Danya GlaserDr Danya Glaser MB BS, DCH, FRCPsych, Hon FRCPCH, is honorary consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and visiting professor at UCL.

Previously a developmental paediatrician, she was Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘s named doctor for child protection. For many years, she headed an integrated child protection service:

  • Providing multidisciplinary assessments for Children Act proceedings as an expert witness.
  • Working with children who have been seriously maltreated.

Other responsibilities, past and present, include being:

  • Member of the Family Justice Council for 6 years.
  • Chair of the Development Group for the NICE Guideline ‘When to Suspect Child Maltreatment’.
  • Chair of Coram adoption panel.

Ruth Levere

Ruth LevereRuth Levere is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the field of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) for over 30 years. She worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital before moving to Harrow CAMHS, where she is head of the child clinical psychology section.

Her main area of clinical work involves assessing children and young people with possible autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and other neurodevelopmental issues. She also provides supervision and management for the clinical psychology team.

Her specialities include learning disabilities, paediatric psychology and looked-after children.

Ruth has a degree in Social Psychology from the University of Sussex and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. She lectures and trains others in clinical psychology and in child mental health.

John Libson

John LibsonJohn was a partner at Nyman Libson Paul, Chartered Accountants for more than 30 years, specialising in the entertainment industry.

John has had a long involvement with Norwood including being:

  • Trustee of Ravenswood.
  • Executive Board Member of Norwood Ravenswood.
  • Chairman of Norwood from 2000 to 2004.
  • He now acts as a consultant to a number of organisations, has a number of non-executive directorships and helps to manage a care home where one of his children lives.

Rabbi Alan Plancey

Rabbi Alan PlanceyRabbi Plancey is currently Emeritus Rabbi at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue, having been its Minister for 30 years.

He is also a member of The Cabinet of the Chief Rabbi and represents Borehamwood North on Hertfordshire County Council, where he sits on the Cabinet Panels for Children’s Services & Corporate Parenting and Education & Skills.

Rabbi Alan Plancey was appointed to Norwood’s Advisory Council in 2011. He brings to the Council:

  • Commitment to children and family services.
  • Strong ties with the growing Jewish community in south Hertfordshire.
  • Knowledge of community issues.
  • Local authority expertise.

Jack Rabinowicz

Jack RabinowiczJack has been a partner at Teacher Stern Selby for more than 20 years. He has developed an expertise and a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on education law in the United Kingdom.

Since the early 1980s, he has acted in ground breaking education cases and judicial reviews in connection with decisions by the Secretary of State for Education and local authorities.

The education negligence team at Teacher Stern Selby has advised on many cases involving education needs and exclusions. They have done this before appeal committees and a variety of courts, including the House of Lords.

Dr Valerie Sinason

Dr Valerie SinasonValerie is a child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst who is well known for her pioneering work with learning disabled patients.

For the last decade she has been at the forefront of the growing awareness and understanding of ritual abuse and the ways that psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be used to treat its victims.

Valerie has played a key role in developing the current understanding of the psychodynamics of this abuse:

  • Establishing the traumatic aetiology of dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • Highlighting its link with ritual abuse.
  • In 1998, she founded the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, which offers treatment to children and adults who have suffered trauma and developed dissociative states.

Sir Harry Solomon

Sir Harry SolomonSir Harry qualified and practised as a solicitor from 1960 until 1976.

In 1976 he jointly founded and was Chairman and Chief Executive of Hillsdown Holdings PLC, which became one of the largest food groups in Europe with a turnover of over £3 billion, employing over 50,000 people.

Sir Harry is a director and shareholder of a number of companies, both public and private. He is also involved in many charitable initiatives including:

  • Deputy Chairman of the Portland Trust.
  • Chairman of the UJIA Ashdown Board.
  • Trustee of the National Life Story Collection.
  • He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and was awarded his Knighthood in 1991 for services to the food industry.

Michael Teacher

Michael TeacherMichael is Chairman and Chief Executive of Ontex NV and Chairman of Exitway Ltd and was formerly Chief Executive of Hillsdown Holdings Plc.

He has been involved in Norwood for 30 years. He was Chairman of Norwood from 2004 to 2008, having previously served as Deputy Chairman for three years and Treasurer for more than 20 years. He has also chaired Norwood’s Trustee Board.

Michael takes a leading role in major fundraising campaigns and represents Norwood on a number of influential cross-communal committees.