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 many 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.

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 at 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 had a number of non-executive positions including Member of the Strategy Board of the Law and Business faculty of St Gallen University, Switzerland; Frontier Economics Consultancy and is currently a Trustee of the Jewish Community Academy Trust. Julia was most recently Managing Director and international VP at Consilio.

Tamara Finkelstein CB (appointed 2018)

Tamara FinkelsteinTamara Finkelstein is Permanent Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs having previously led the department’s work on EU Exit Delivery. Before that she led the Building Safety Programme in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Much of her career has been at HM Treasury where she started as an economist, and her roles included private secretary and speechwriter to the Chancellor, and leading on public services expenditure. She has worked in a number of 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. She is a previous co-chair of New North London Synagogue, a trustee at JCOSS and senior sponsor of the Civil Service Jewish Network.

Linda Goldberg (reappointed 2019)

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, and 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.

Justine Harris (appointed 2020)

Justine is a partner in Brunswick Group’s Business & Society practice. She works with the leadership teams of global corporations to advise on their response to business-critical issues helping to ensure they deliver societal value alongside financial value.
Prior to this, Justine led the global sustainability function at Vodafone Group Plc, where she was responsible for Vodafone’s strategy to drive positive social impact at scale.

Justine was Director of Marketing and Communications for Jewish Care for over ten years and was responsible for all communications channels, internal and external stakeholder engagement, brand development and crisis and reputation management.

She started her career in advertising spending almost ten years at Saatchi & Saatchi, working on international campaigns for global clients, including Procter & Gamble.

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 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 several challenge events for Norwood including the London Marathon and multiple international cycle rides. Philip has also been active in his local community, including a former role as Chairman of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue.

Glynnis Joffe (appointed 2018)

Glynnis JoffeGlynnis has over 30 years’ experience, working in local authority social services departments. She held senior social services leadership and management roles for over 15 years. She has been responsible for all aspects of adult social services including operations, commissioning, safeguarding, service improvement and the workforce. Glynnis has a strong commitment to those who use services and their families, and working in partnership with health services and the voluntary sector.

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. Fundraising activities he has been involved in include the Annual Dinner, Business Breakfast, Property Lunch, YN, Challenge events and a host of community fundraising activities.

David Smith (appointed 2016)

David SmithDavid is the Group Head of Tax and Corporate Finance at Balfour Beatty 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 also spent a number of years in the tax department at Reuters (now Thomson Reuters). He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, has a BSc in Maths and an MBA.

Rachael Davis-Stollar (appointed 2020)

Rachael Davis-StollarRachael qualified and practised as a finance and restructuring lawyer in the City. She is a professional skills coach, devising bespoke performance enhancement programmes to lawyers and c-suite professionals. Rachael is also a Visiting Lecturer in business leadership and management and is an Associate Fellow of the HEA.

She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Radlett Centre Trust, oversees the investment portfolio of an estates charitable trust, and is a former Careers Academy mentor.
Rachael has been involved with Norwood since 2005, during which time she has held a number of lay positions, including Chair of the YN Lawyers committee and co-Chair of the Board of YN. She has been Chair of the annual Norwood Volunteer Recognition Awards since 2013.