Communal leaders turned out in force for the second annual Jewish Community Trustee event organised by Lead and run in partnership with the Jewish Volunteering Network. Held on Wednesday 11 December and hosted by City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, it was attended by 85 people including business experts, trustees and charity chief executives representing 35 communal organisations.
Broadcaster and journalist Martyn Lewis CBE, who also chairs the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), gave the keynote address.
Debbie Fox, Jewish Care Vice Chair and Jami Trustee, addressed the audience as a member of Lead’s Advisory Board and Event Steering group.
After the feedback we received from last year’s launch we realised there was huge interest from trustees in developing the more tangible skills that they require in executing their duties. The desire to learn more, share more, collaborate more and continually improve was exciting to us, and we took on the challenge to deliver this.
Lead, the leadership development division of the JLC, operates as a community-wide resource which aims to inspire Jewish leadership.
The evening included expert-led workshops that tackled issues such as impact management, succession planning, board performance; collaboration, mergers and partnerships, and lay-professional partnerships. These included case studies from some of the participating organisations.
Running the workshops were Jim Clifford OBE, Baker Tilly and UJIA’s Dr Helena Miller; Jo Coleman of IBB Solicitors, Jewish Care’s Neil Taylor and Jami’s Laurie Rackind; Ruth Lesirge from the Association of Chairs and The Fed’s Karen Phillips and Mark Adlestone; Ian Joseph of Trustees Unlimited and Langdon’s Alison Rosen and Barry Welck; Grant Taylor of Peridot Partners and Norwood’s Elaine Kerr and David Ereira.
Before the main event, Neasa Coen and Clarissa Lyons of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s charity team gave new trustees an overview of their powers and responsibilities.
Speaking of the event, Norwood’s Chairman David Ereira said:
I was delighted to have participated in this event… bringing communal thinking together and offering training and support to Trustees that is imperative. Transparencies and efficiencies within communal boards are paramount but the pool of candidates for board representations need to have the skills to do the job, or to be trained to do the job effectively and efficiently.
David Pinnick, Vice Chairman of Maccabi GB later said:
I think this [event] is a positive innovation and applaud the organisers. We have learned many useful facts and tips for our own board.
Commenting on the initiative, Nicky Goldman, Executive Director of Lead, said:
We were delighted that our Trustee Event attracted so many professionals and communal leaders to share expertise and best practice on significant issues.
Workshops held at Lead’s second Jewish Community Trustee Event
- Lay-Professional Partnership – Ruth Lesirge, Chairman of the Association of Chairs and The Fed (Manchester’s) Chief Executive Karen Phillips and Chairman, Mark Adelstone.
- Board Performance – Grant Taylor of Peridot Partners and Norwood’s Chief Executive Elaine Kerr and Chairman, David Ereira.
- Impact Management – Jim Clifford OBE from Baker Tilly and Dr Helena Miller, UJIA’s Director of Research and Evaluation.
- Collaborations, Mergers and Partnerships – Jo Coleman from IBB Solicitors, Neil Taylor, Jewish Care Director of Care and Community Services and Jami Chief Executive, Laurie Rackind.
- Succession Planning – Ian Joseph of Trustees Unlimited and Langdon’s Chief Executive Alison Rosen and Chairman, Barry Welck.
Prior to the main event an additional, earlier session for New Trustees was run by Neasa Coen and Clarissa Lyons of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s charity team.