Meet the team

We pride ourselves on running a tight ship with a small team of dedicated professionals who ensure that your donations go where they will do most good. This team is supported by lay leaders who provide invaluable help and advice based on an involvement with the charity that  goes back to its inception over 50 years ago.

  • Management and leadership


    The Jewish Blind & Disabled team is led by chief executive Lisa Wimborne. Lisa has extensive experience in the charity sector and she oversees all the organisation's activities from allocation of apartments to ongoing tenants' support which includes house management and maintenance, as well as the charity's marketing and fund raising programmes. Lisa is supported by the invaluable advice given by both Malcolm Ozin MBE, the charity's president, and John Joseph MBE, chairman, which is based on long association with the organisation. The leadership team is completed by Stuart Simmons who took on the role of honorary treasurer in 2010.

  • Independent Living Advisor

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    We have recently launched this brand new service where for the very first time in our 50 year history we will be able to take our expertise in independent living to people in the community who are either unable or unwilling to move into one of our specialist developments. 

  • House Managers

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    Each of our buildings has two house managers living on site ensuring that there is always someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All of our house managers have backgrounds either working in the care sector or as volunteer carers. In addition to 14 resident house managers we also have a team of non-resident house managers plus a portfolio of bank staff available if needed. so instead of using agency staff, our tenants always have a known and friendly individual offering support.

  • Tenancy Support Team

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    Karen Zeff is in charge of Tenancy Support, House Managers and the Independent Living Advisor with Miriam Marsden managing the Tenancy Support Team. Karen has over 20 years experience in housing having previously worked for both local authorities and housing associations, and Miriam has been at Jewish Blind & Disabled since 2009. 

  • Community Engagement Team


    The Community Engagement Team (previously the Volunteer & Activities Team) have some exciting and innovative ideas for new and different activities to complement the old favourites. However, ideas can only become events with the input of our valued volunteers and we are always in need of more people to help transform our tenants’ lives. A volunteer, friendly visitor, or chaperone would be able to choose how much time and how often they had available to help and we would greatly appreciate whatever time they had to spare.

    Giving of yourself and your time is often the most meaningful form of giving so if you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities please call Louise on 020 8371 6611 ext 604 or click here for more information

  • Property Department


    Daniel Chakimi has overseen our property department since February 2009. This department is central to enhancing our tenants' quality of life as they ensure that all buildings and their grounds are maintained to the highest standard. They also adapt individual apartments as and when required if a tenant's level of mobility deteriorates. In addition the mobility bus that takes tenants on weekly shopping trips is managed by Daniel and his team.

  • Fundraising and Marketing

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    The campaign team manages all the charity's fund raising and marketing activity including appeals, events, sponsored challenges, newsletter, diary etc. In 2008 the team established Young JBD to involve young professionals in the charity and, one year later, a schools' programme was launched to help educate younger children about living with disability as well as to inform them about the work of Jewish Blind & Disabled.

  • Finance


    Hemant Kanabar and Yael Toledano are responsible for all the financial operations of the organisation

  • Human Resources

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    Yvonne Ellis, our HR & Projects Managers 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 charity sector for over 20 years.  

  • Members of Council

    The Council of Management exists as the governing body of the Charity with ultimate responsibility over the systems and processes needed to ensure the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of the organisation. The council currently consists of the following members in addition to the leadership team:

    John Joseph MBE  (Chairman)

    Malcolm Ozin MBE (President)

    Tony Levy

    Lance Joseph

    Anthony Kintish

    Stuart Russell

    Peter Silverman