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”.

Abi Levitt – Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Abi LevittAbi arrives at Norwood from Tomorrow’s People where she was Director of Strategic Partnerships. She has been in a senior management position there since 2007. Prior to that Abi worked as a consultant in strategic communications advising on branding, communications and development issues. Abi has 20 years’ experience as a brand consultant and market researcher, working with a mix of clients including Marks & Spencer, The Bank of England, and the BBC. She was also an Account Director at communications agency Perception and prior to that at Wolff Olins. Abi is a French speaker, with a degree from Université de Lille.

David Harris – Director of Development

David HarrisDavid first joined Norwood as Director of Operational Services in 2003, taking on his current role in March 2012. As a qualified social worker, he spent many years in various operational management and senior management roles for local authorities and housing associations.

He has a BA in social science, a Diploma in Management Studies and a Masters of Business Administration.

Abiola Yusuf – Acting Director of Finance

Abiola YusufAbiola joined Norwood in 2016 with a strong financial and commercial background in housing associations and charities. She has responsibility for Finance, Technology, Legacy and Company Secretarial duties. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

In her leisure, Abiola enjoys spending time with friends and family. When feeling brave, she attempts roller skating with her two children.

Ron Brown – Director of Services

Ron BrownRon joined Norwood in January 2017, and was confirmed as Norwood’s permanent Director of Services in March 2017.

He has extensive experience amounting 30 years in Social Care spanning the Local Authority, Not for Profit and Commercial Sectors of the environment. He has worked in a Senior Management and leadership capacity for over 20 years and has developed a particular interest and professional expertise in Services for people with a Learning Disability.

He is a Qualified Social Worker, and has an MBA and Care Sector Management Qualifications.

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.