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Staff team

We have a dedicated team of exceptional staff, based at our Head Office in Mill Hill North London, as well as house managers and front-line staff based around our 7 buildings.

Senior Leadership Team

Lisa Wimborne, Chief Executive

Lisa joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in July 2019 after 5 years working as a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Jewish Care. Prior to this, Lisa worked as a consultant for charities, housing associations, social enterprises and government bodies primarily focused on housing and social care.

Lisa said “I love the variety of the role; I can spend a morning in a finance and audit meeting, the afternoon in one of our developments talking to tenants and that same evening be attending a fundraising event to raise much needed funds for JBD. I love being busy and challenged and this role ensures I am.”

Time outside of work is spent on Lisa’s other jobs; taxi driver, chef and tutor to her children. She also loves to swim and spending time with family having fun days out and adventures.

E: lisa@jbd.org

Daniel Chakimi, Director of Property & Development - Head of Health & Safety

Daniel joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2009 and brings a wealth of experience in the property industry having worked as a property dealer, developer and manager. He said: “my role allows me to oversee the entire process of property development from site acquisition, to design and construction through to housing new tenants and seeing new communities forming. Seeing our developments filled with tenants and enhancing the standards of our existing buildings is very satisfying.”

Daniel also oversees all maintenance and planned works to the Charity’s properties and is also the Charity’s Head of Health & Safety. Daniel is a keen guitarist and interested in photography when he isn’t focused on property development.

E: daniel@jbd.org

Karen Zeff, Director of Housing Management & Tenancy Support

With extensive experience in the Housing sector working for both Local Authorities and Housing Associations, Karen joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2012.

When asked what the best part of her role is, Karen said: “I get to recruit and work with house managers who come from all different backgrounds, but all have one thing in common that they are trustworthy, kind, caring and compassionate. I am passionate about staff providing high quality customer service and effective housing management and I am proud of how the organisation has grown and developed.”

Outside of work, Karen can often be found in the gym or on her travels.

E: kzeff@jbd.org

Hemant Kanabar, Finance Manager

Hemant has previously worked for a range of not-for-profit organisations including charities for people with learning disabilities, a school and a non-departmental government body. He joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2016 and manages the finances of the organisation.

He said the best part of his role is “job satisfaction; knowing that we provide a unique service and what we do makes a real difference to the quality of life of our tenants. I like working with a caring, supportive and friendly staff team.”

Outside of work, Hemant can often be found cycling.

E: hemant@jbd.org

Miriam Marsden, Head of Tenancy Support

Miriam manages the Tenancy Support Advisors and the Community Engagement Team who work closely to support tenants. Miriam started at Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2009 as a Tenancy Support Administrator and quickly become a Tenancy Support Advisor before becoming Head of Tenancy Support.
When asked about the best part of her role, Miriam said: “seeing my team’s achievements is very rewarding as well as working with them to gain them. My role can be challenging but I feel appreciated and respected and I like problem solving.”

Outside of work, Miriam enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, going for long walks, reading and watching Netflix.

E: miriam@jbd.org

Natasha Lazarus, Marketing Manager

Natasha joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in May 2020. Her role is to manage JBD’s Marketing, Communications and PR. She brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing and communications for both other Jewish charities and a housing association.

Natasha said “I love the variety of the role, having the opportunity to meet tenants and hearing their stories and working to increase awareness of who we are and what we do.”

Outside of work, Natasha enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

E: natasha@jbd.org

Rachel Barres, Director of Fundraising

Rachel joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in May 2020. She brings 18 years of fundraising experience within the Jewish charity sector including working at Jami, UJS and the Movement for Reform Judaism.

Her role is to oversee the team and fundraise for future developments and projects within our current developments. When asked what the best part about her role is, Rachel said: “Raising lots of money is great, but also I like that no two days are the same and there is huge variety in my job.”

When Rachel isn’t focused on fundraising, she can often be found walking her dog, going to the gym or out with friends.

E: rachel@jbd.org

Yvonne Ellis, HR & Projects Manager

Yvonne is responsible for all human resources issues in the organisation as well as supporting the chief executive on various special projects.

Yvonne is a seasoned HR Professional, having worked in the NHS, private, public and the charity sector for over 20 years.

E: yvonne@jbd.org

Fundraising Team

Abi Spital, Community Fundraising & Events Executive

Abi joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2017. Abi used to work in media sales at a digital advertising platform. Her role is to organise fundraising events and challenges and community-based fundraising initiatives.

When asked what the best part of her role is, she said: “organising events that are not only fun but also attract lots of new supporters and raise money for JBD. I like working for JBD as it’s like a family and everyone is so supportive in each other’s work. I also love meeting the tenants and putting on events where they can meet the young patrons and committee members of the charity.”

Abi enjoys going on lots of dog walks, eating at new restaurants and travelling abroad.

E: abi@jbd.org

Talia Supran, Trusts and Major Donor Fundraising Executive

Having joined at the start of 2021, Talia brings with her a range of experience working at a number in charities in both fundraising and marketing. Her role is to build and manage relationships with trusts and major donors.

Talia said: “I love hearing about the wonderful support we offer to our tenants to enable them to live independently whilst being part of a vibrant community.”

Outside of work, Talia volunteers at a charity that teaches speaking skills to young people with learning disabilities and enjoys socialising with family and friends.

E: talia@jbd.org

Tami Tobi, Income Manager

Tami joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2010 after working for several other charities in fundraising and administration. She is in charge of processing donations and ensuring the fundraising database is kept up to date.

Tami enjoys the fast pace and variety in the work and she said: “I like the family feel amongst colleagues and the satisfaction in knowing you are helping others who need it.”

Outside of work, Tami is very into fitness and loves doing anything creative.

E: tami@jbd.org

Finance

Yael Toledano, Finance Assistant

Yael joined JBD in 2016 having previously working in Property Management and Nursing and Care Homes. She oversees all payments and assists where needed in the Finance department.

Yael said: “I like using my accounting and bookkeeping experience for a greater good. Being able to do this work for a charity gives me a lot of joy and I’m passionate about local Jewish Charities and volunteering.”

When she isn’t working, she loves to travel and enjoys walking in the sun.

E: yael@jbd.org

Human Resources

Laurie Sherman, Human Resources Assistant

Having worked in many administrator roles previously, Laurie joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2011. She started as a Tenancy Support Administrator and is now in our Human Resources team.

Laurie said “the best thing about my role is the rapport/ contact with people. I like the people I work with and I feel really good about what the charity does – the help we provide for people that need us.”

Outside of work, Laurie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, baking, reading and visiting friends and family. Laurie is American but has been living in England for longer than she lived in America.

Tenancy Support Team

Caroline King, Tenancy Support Administrator

Prior to joining Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2009, Caroline worked in the production department at the BBC.

Caroline is part of our Tenancy Support Team and is responsible for ensuring all the paperwork is in place for new applicants and tenants. outside of work, Caroline loves to travel and enjoys long walks.

E: caroline@jbd.org

Julie Woolf, Tenancy Support Advisor

Julie joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2018 having previously worked in Sales and Marketing roles in the care sector and as a Financial Advisor. She covers the four developments within the North West London area, meeting with tenants on a regular basis to help with any welfare concerns they may have. Julie also meets with prospective tenants to guide them through the moving in process.

The best thing about her role is that she gets to deal with a range of different people, she helps applicants to move from sometimes difficult situations into a JBD flat and helps tenants facing issues.

Outside of work, Julie plays Bridge and Kalooki and enjoys swimming and going to the theatre and cinema.

E: julie@jbd.org

Keren Yakov, Tenancy Support Advisor

Keren joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2009 having previously worked as a social worker for Jewish Care for many years. Keren is our North East London Tenancy Support Advisor and she has a wealth of experience supporting tenants on a range of matters.

When asked what she liked about working for JBD, she said “its amazing to see how people’s lives are transformed by coming to live with us. I also enjoy interacting with tenants and house managers on a daily basis. JBD is a very caring organisation with strong values and we give excellent service and support.”

Outside of work, Keren loves walking and making the most of the sun.

E: keren@jbd.org

“When I read the job description, I knew it was something I would love to do. I really wanted to do something different to what I was doing before.”

Natalia - Non-resident House Manager

Community Engagement Team

Debbie Rees, Community Engagement Manager

Having previously owned an events business and also worked for a local radio station, Debbie joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2015 as the Volunteer and Activity Co-ordinator and she is now a Community Engagement Manager and works directly with the 4 developments in North West London.

When asked what the best thing about her role is, Debbie said working closely with tenants and volunteers across our buildings. “I love the way that the three of us in our team have different backgrounds and strengths and together we help enhance the lives of our tenants helping them create communities in each development whilst working with outside organisations.”

In her spare time, Debbie is obsessed with magic and loves to practice it when she can.

E: debra@jbd.org

Louise Marks, Community Engagement Assistant

Louise joined JBD in 2019 as the Community Engagement Assistant having previously worked in Human Resources for a multinational company and in other HR roles previously.

Louise now loves working for a Jewish charity and her role is to provide support the Community Engagement Managers as well as liaising with volunteers.

She said the best part about her role is “working with the team, tenants and our volunteers on a daily basis.”

E: louise@jbd.org

Simone Mazin, Community Engagement Manager

Simone joined JBD in 2015 as a Community Engagement Manager and she works closely with the 3 developments in North East London. She previously worked in a range of roles from selling theatre and concert tickets to working in the marketing department of The Daily Telegraph.

Simone said: “the best thing about my role is engaging with tenants on a daily basis. I feel lucky I’ve been able to get to know so many tenants over the years who express their views honestly, are extremely funny and always show a genuine interest in me and my life. You get to know tenants on a personal level which makes it feel more than just a job.”

Outside of work, Simone is a self-confessed shopaholic and can often be found trawling through Amazon for the latest buys.

E: simone@jbd.org

Property & Maintenance Team

Amanda Fisher, Property Maintenance Manager

Amanda joined JBD in 2018 having worked previously for many years in the travel industry as well as in retail for a high-end jeweller. Amanda is main contact for all the repairs and maintenance required around all JBD properties and communal areas. She co-ordinates with all outside contractors that carryout works within our buildings and she looks after the maintenance team, caretaker and minibus drivers.

She said the best thing about her role is being involved in the bigger projects that make huge improvements to our properties and the facilities that we offer. “I really like the feeling of ‘helping’ numerous people on a daily basis. I love the people I work with and I have never worked with colleagues that care so much about what they do.”

Outside of work, Amanda loves to shop and going to the theatre. She also loves spending time with friends and family and her dog.

E: amanda@jbd.org

Charles Kissiedu, Caretaker/Minibus Driver

Charles joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in November 2020 as a Minibus Driver and as part of the Maintenance Team.
Charles said: “the best thing about my role is the variety of work. I enjoy interacting with the tenants when taking them on shopping trips and supporting the building maintenance. Working for JBD, there is a strong community feel and all the staff are a pleasure to work with.”

Outside of work Charles enjoys spending time with family, travelling and cooking.

John Blacknell, Maintenance Operative

John joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2019 working as part of our maintenance team. When asked what the best thing about his role is, he said he likes working with the rest of the maintenance team.

My previous jobs started as a coal miner in 1980 to 1990 (apart from a year off for ” The Strike”), since then I have been mainly in housing maintenance also worked as a handyman and occasional carer in a care home and as a Facility Assistant in a Santander head office.

Pierre Amani, Maintenance Operative

Having previously working in a printing factory as a building service technician, Pierre joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2020 as part of our maintenance team.

He said the best thing about his role is that every day is a different experience and he likes working with the team.

Outside of work, Pierre enjoys playing football and basketball.

Robert Lewis, Minibus driver

Robert joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2013 as the minibus driver for the 3 buildings in North East London. He takes tenants on weekly shopping trips in our accessible minibus.

He said: “my job is incredibly rewarding and satisfying. I feel I am part of a team that is very supportive and is always there for me. The tenants make every day so interesting and enjoyable.”

Robert enjoys playing tennis at his local club, going to concerts, playing guitar and walking his sheepdog.

Terry Williams, Maintenance Team Leader

Terry joined Jewish Blind & Disabled in 2007. His role includes maintaining the communal areas across our buildings and dealing with any maintenance issues within the flats.

Terry said: “the best thing about my role is the diversity and the job satisfaction of achieving our goals as a team. Every day is always unique and rewarding.”

Outside of work, Terry likes to keep busy and often helps out with building projects for family or spending time with his children and grandchildren.

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