The charity that underpins Sacks Morasha, the Finchley Jewish Primary School Trust, is served by trustees who ensure that the charitable trust is run properly. The chair of the trustees is Jeremy Newman, and he is supported by Kate Fulton, Rob Gershon, Ian Kamiel, Darren Lewis, Gillian Marantz, Adam Phillips and Michael Weinstein.
Jeremy Newman – Chair of Trustees
Kate is a qualified barrister, spending her legal career in the advertising and media industry. She was Young and Rubicam’s Chief Counsel for UK & Europe, and before that Head of Legal Affairs at the ITV Network Centre. Following a stint as the Director-General of British Music Rights, Kate left law for voluntary work. She runs 28 Shared Reading Groups around Barnet for The Reader, and has 26 volunteers working with her. Kate is active within Kinloss United Synagogue and served on the Board. She loves radio and helps produce a monthly podcast for the Jewish News. Kate is married and has three grown-up children.
Rob Gershon – Treasurer to the Trust
Rob has been involved in the community and with informal Jewish education from a young age, having spent many years as a participant and youth leader with Bnei Akiva, both before and after his gap year in yeshiva in Israel. He is also a graduate of the AJE’s teacher training programme and the UJIA’s Adam Science Programme for leadership in the Jewish community. Rob works as a consultant for Muzinich & Co., a privately-owned investment firm, headquartered in New York and London. He is a qualified chartered accountant, holds an MBA from Cass Business School (City University) and is a member of CFA UK. Rob is married to Simone and they have three sons.
Ian was the Founding Chair of Governors, a position from which he stepped down in 2012. He grew up in the Finchley community and was warden of ‘The Minyan’ service for 3 years. He was active in Bnei Akiva and spent his gap year on their Hachshara programme. Ian has an Economics degree from Manchester University and has spent most of his career working in Jewish education. He is currently Executive Development Director of the British Friends of Boys’ Town Jerusalem. He is married to Angela and they have three sons, Jay, Charlie and Abe.
Darren is a Director of Talent and Recruitment in the hospitality industry with a global track record including household names and celebrities. He is a mentor for Surrey University and is regularly invited to speak at industry events. He is Vice Chair of Kinloss United Synagogue and sits on the United Synagogue Rabbinic Careers steering group. Prior to this, Darren chaired ‘The Minyan’ at Kinloss, as well as leading on communal programmes in the States. Darren grew up in Brighton and spent 12 years living in the USA until he settled in London. Darren is married to Fleurise and they have a son and a daughter.
Gillian was actively involved in Bnei Akiva both before and after her gap year in Midreshet Ha’Rova, having grown up in Manchester, and has also taught at cheder in Manchester and London. Gillian is a doctor who qualified from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in 2002. She holds a degree in Genetics and is currently working as an Oncology registrar at UCLH. Gillian is married to Jason and has four children, Ellie, Ora, Mark and Keren.
Adam and his wife, Anna, were founding governors of the school. They have three children, two of whom still attend the school; the other having graduated from Year 6. Adam is a qualified chartered accountant and is a director of Uptown Events. Adam is involved with organising the events for many Jewish charities, a wide range of corporate events as well as barmitzvahs and weddings.
Michael was joint Managing Director of Ernest Jones Jewellers plc until the business was sold and now runs a property investment group. He was Treasurer of University Chaplaincy for many years and is one of its Vice-Presidents. He is also a Trustee and Governor of the North West London Jewish Day School and has been actively involved in several of its committees, particularly Limmudei Kodesh, Staffing and Finance. Michael is married to Linda and they have two married children.