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 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.
Rachael Davis-Stollar (appointed 2020)
Rachael 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.
Tamara Finkelstein CB (appointed 2018)
Tamara 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.
Ben Freeman – Joint Treasurer (appointed 2021)
Ben Freeman works as the Chief Financial Officer in a private equity investment company in central London. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 and has worked as a finance director in financial services investment companies for the last 20 years.
He has previously been a non-exec director on the board of a supported living company that operated approximately 50 supported living homes in Kent, Sussex and Surrey and currently sits on the Finance Committee and Audit and Risk Committee for Nightingale Hammerson
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 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.
Tim Isaacs (Appointed 2020)
Tim is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants with a BSc in Economics from the LSE. Married with three grown up children he combines turnaround, investment and operational experience to support and lead multi country private equity back companies going through periods of change for distress, M&A and performance improvement purposes both overseas and in the UK. Tim has been a supporter of Norwood for a number of years and has tandem cycled a Norwood service user on overseas rides on several occasions.
Glynnis Joffe (appointed 2018)
Glynnis 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 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.