Norwood appoints new Chief Executive

14 June 2018

The Norwood Trustee Board is delighted to announce, that following a robust recruitment process, Dr Beverley Jacobson will be appointed as the next Chief Executive of Norwood.

Bev has been Chief Executive of Kisharon for 10 years, having joined the charity in 2008 following a career previously in strategic management consultancy.

Bev will take up the appointment in succession to Elaine Kerr who announced last November that she would be leaving her role as Chief Executive for Norwood after six and a half years in the position.

Neville Kahn, Chair of the Norwood Trustee Board and Trustee recruitment panel, said: “I am delighted that Bev Jacobson has agreed to join Norwood as our new Chief Executive. Bev was appointed after a comprehensive recruitment process with many high calibre candidates.

“Bev has exceptionally strong credentials, experience working in a community charity that provides services with a strong people focus and is widely regarded as an inspirational leader. I look forward to working with her to continue to drive Norwood’s vision to be an innovative, national expert and leading provider of services which meets the needs of those who most desperately need it in our community.

“Over the next few months I also look forward to many opportunities to recognise and thank Elaine Kerr for the enormous contribution she has made to Norwood over the last 7 years and to wish her well in her new pursuits.”

Dr Beverley Jacobson said: “I am extremely passionate about everything Norwood represents and am humbled by the honour and excited by the challenge of this job. For me it is an opportunity to help a greater number of people and develop more partnership work across the community. It also provides a substantial platform from which to advocate for the cause.

I salute Elaine for the contribution she has made in professionalising the organisation and I look forward to working with Neville, the Trustee Board and the strong team Elaine has put in place.”

Philip Goldberg, Chairman, Kisharon said: “Bev has been an exceptional leader and we are sorry to lose her, but that the Jewish voluntary sector will continue to benefit from her leadership is good news for the sector and the wider Jewish community. The last year has been an extensive period of growth and our progress is a real testimony to Bev’s drive and enthusiasm.”

Outgoing Chief Executive, Elaine Kerr said: “I’m delighted to be able to hand over the role of Chief Executive at Norwood to Bev and wish her every success. I hope she enjoys working at Norwood as much as I have.”

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Notes to editor:

Dr Beverley Jacobson, 51, has been Chief Executive of learning disability charity Kisharon since 2008. Bev initially qualified as doctor in South Africa, then completed a Master of Business Administration at the London Business School before becoming a strategic management consultant.

Bev’s eldest daughter suffered brain damage from meningitis at birth which led Bev into her current position where she has turned the charity into a thriving innovative organisation and as a result was awarded the Charity Times’ Charity Principal of the Year award for 2016.

Bev is a member of the Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue.

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About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

Norwood helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.

Each year Norwood needs £34m to keep its services running, £12m of which comes through voluntary donations. These services include a total of 55 residential, supported living and family centres across London and the South East.

Norwood currently runs eight charity shops across North and East London thanks to the support of 150 dedicated volunteers.