The charity that underpins Sacks Morasha, the Finchley Jewish Primary School Trust, is served by ten trustees who ensure that the charitable trust is run properly. The chair of the trustees is Jeremy Newman, and he is supported by Peter Sheldon OBE, Elaine Renshaw, Kate Fulton, Gillian Marantz, Jason Marantz, Rob Gershon, Michael Weinstein, Ian Kamiel and Adam Phillips.
Jeremy Newman – Chair of Trustees
Jeremy is currently Chair of a Private Equity backed business and a non-executive on the boards of the Government Legal Department and of the Crown Prosecution Service. He is a Governor of North Herts College, on the Council of the Open University and an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School. He was finance governor of The Leigh City Technology College for many years and served on the finance committee of North West London Jewish Day School. He was a trustee and treasurer for some ten years of the Community Security Trust, and before that was treasurer for over a decade of the UK branch of ORT, the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational skills training charity. Jeremy is married to Judi and they have two adult children.
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 and now produces audio for the blind. She runs 15 Shared Reading Groups around Barnet. Kate is active within Kinloss and served on the Board. She loves radio and helps produce a weekly 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 is Chief Operating Officer at KiWi Power, a family office backed company, headquartered in 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.
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 grew up in Stanmore and was an active member of Stanmore Synagogue. He was Chair of the Health, Safety and Security Committee. He has organised Bar Mitzvahs, weddings and corporate events for many years and won Jewish Care’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He studied Accounting and Finance at Birmingham University and qualified as an Accountant (ACA) with BDO Stoy Hayward in 2004. He left BDO in 2005 to expand his party planning business, Uptown Events and is involved with organising the events for many Jewish charities. Adam also has a property business.
Elaine is the co-chair of Kinloss Synagogue, with Scott Saunders. She has been an active member in the communal life at Kinloss, having served on the board first as line manager to the youth workers then as co-ordinator of welfare before she became the Vice-Chair. She was also part of the team that set up and ran The Kinloss Learning Centre and was involved with Tribe at its inception. Whilst secretary of US Women, Elaine was one of the first women observers to sit at the US Trustee table. She is an optometrist, married to Stephen and has three daughters.
Peter Sheldon OBE
Peter is a qualified chartered accountant with a corporate track record in senior positions in a wide range of listed and private companies. He has held positions as chairman, executive and non-executive director in private and public companies ranging from retail to high-tech, clothing manufacturing to banking, and healthcare to publishing. He has served as non-executive chairman of BATM Advanced Communications, a successful Israeli technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange for 12 years. His long involvement in the voluntary sector includes 12 years as chairman of Kerem Schools and 6 years as president of the United Synagogue. He is currently chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, a trustee of the Jerusalem Foundation among other charities, and recently retired as a JP after 25 years’ service. He was made an OBE in the 2010 New Years Honours for his services to the Jewish Community.
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 adult children.