New Chair implements changes to Norwood’s Board of Trustees

12 April 2018

Leading Jewish charity Norwood has added further to the professional skills of its Trustee Board following a skills audit led by new Chair Neville Kahn.

Kahn, whose vision is for a skilled and diverse Trustee Board able to build on the charity’s long history of communal service, has already made steps toward shaping the charity’s future by making two new trustee appointments: Glynnis Joffe and Tamara Finkelstein.

Both Joffe, who has over 30 years experience working in local authority social services departments; and Finkelstein, a senior civil servant currently leading on EU Exit Delivery at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, are being celebrated as valuable additions to the Board.

Kahn said: “I am thrilled to announce these changes to the Trustee Board which will ensure Norwood is in good shape in these changing times. With the appointment of Glynnis and Tamara we now have five female members on the Board. I look forward to working with them along with Norwood’s wonderful staff and trustees to continue to deliver exceptional care to the vulnerable in our community.”

Kahn joins former Chair, David Ereira, in shaping a Trustee Board that encourages the very highest standards ensuring the charity can continue to meet the future needs of the people they support.

Although Young Norwood (YN) chairs have been in attendance at Board meetings for some years, in December 2017 the addition of Yonni Abramson to the Trustee Board sees Norwood with formal YN Trustee representation for the first time – shaping Ereira’s image of a charity that embraces young volunteers and fundraisers as an investment in the now, with his eyes firmly focussed on the future successes of the charity.

YN, a network of lay structures of fundraisers and volunteers that Ereira founded in 1993, is currently the largest professional young lay network within the Jewish community with over 3,500 active members.

To honour Ereira’s exemplary 25-year commitment to Norwood, the charity has now bestowed Ereira the role of Honorary Norwood Life President. An accolade Ereira has humbly accepted, saying: “It is an honour to receive this accolade and an equally tremendous privilege to have served as Norwood’s advocate and ambassador for the better part of a quarter of a century.”

Ereira continued: “Norwood is an outstanding charity with a rich history and equally rich future and one that I am proud to continue to support in whatever capacity I can.”

Notes to editor:

With the appointment of Glynnis Joffe, Tamara Finkelstein and Yonni Abramson, Norwood’s Board of Trustees is now made up of fourteen members; nine male trustees and five female trustees.

Neville Kahn is Managing Partner of NW Europe Financial Advisory at Deloitte LLP. He specialises in corporate restructuring and insolvencies and has worked in this sector for over 25 years. 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.

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

Tamara Finkelstein is a senior civil servant currently the Director General leading on EU Exit Delivery at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Most of her career has been at the Treasury with roles including private secretary and speechwriter to the Chancellor, and leading on public services expenditure including on health, education and housing. She has worked in 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. Most recently she led on building safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Fire. Tamara is a senior sponsor of the Jewish Civil Servant Network. In her community life Tamara has recently completed four years as co-Chair of New North London Masorti Synagogue and is a trustee of JCoSS.

Yonni Abramson is a property entrepreneur and a founding partner of Northhill. Yonni has been an active fundraiser for Norwood since 2009. He was Chairman of Young Norwood for several years and under his tenure saw record number of attendees at events and funds raised. He sits on the YN Property Dinner committee, Annual Dinner Committee and Property Strategy Group. He has run two Marathons for Norwood and hopes to do more Challenges in the future.

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