Our People

Norwood is all about people

It’s about the people we support, our supporters and the people who work with us, both staff and volunteers.

Norwood Staff

Norwood people are inspiring individuals who share our belief that everyone should be able to live the life they choose. There are thousands of us in the UK, within the Jewish community and beyond, not just celebrities, and expert advisors, but people from every kind of background who all care about Norwood’s vision and want to help make a difference.

PatronHer Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The QueenHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been Norwood’s Patron since she acceded to the Throne in 1952. Norwood is the only Jewish charity to have the Monarch as its patron.

PresidentsLord and Lady Mendelsohn

Lord and Lady MendelsohnLord Mendelsohn and Lady Mendelsohn CBE

Lord Jonathan Mendelsohn was created a Life Peer as Baron Mendelsohn of Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet in 2013. Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE is Facebook’s Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Vice PresidentRonnie Harris

Ronnie HarrisRonnie qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974. In 1976, he merged his own practice with his father’s firm, Alfred Harris & Trotter, which later became known as Harris & Trotter and is currently enjoying its 75th year. The firm is internationally known in the entertainment business, represents a large number of high net worth individuals and specialises in property companies and owner-managed businesses.

Ronnie has been involved in Norwood for many years. He is currently Norwood’s Vice President and Chair of Patronage. He has served twice as a Norwood Trustee, the first time from 1996-2006, acting as Fundraising Chair for most of that time. Ronnie is also a Trustee of Teenage Cancer Trust and is involved in a number of other specific philanthropic projects in both South Africa and Israel. He is a regular participant in the Norwood bike rides, having completed over twenty annual challenges, and has run seven marathons, with his eighth marathon taking place later this year in Berlin.

Chair Board of TrusteesNeville Kahn

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.

Chief Executive OfficerDr Beverley Jacobson

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”.

Honorary Life Presidents: Carol Sopher, Clive Marks OBE, David Ereira, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Sir Trevor Chinn CVO