80 Trustees and CEOs from 28 leading Jewish organisations met up last Monday evening, 3rd December 2012, at the first Jewish Community Trustees' Event organised by LEAD, the leadership development division of the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Jewish Volunteering Network. The event was hosted by BDO LLP.
Keynote speaker, Rod Schwartz, CEO of ClearlySo, spoke of his experiences as a trustee and gave pointers from the lessons he had learned. A panel of communal personalities looked at issues that they have tackled - Steven Lewis, Chair of Jewish Care, Mark Adlestone, Chair of The FED Manchester, Jo Coleman of IBB Solicitors and Leonie Lewis, Director of JVN.
Participants discussed with colleagues across organisations burning issues around sustainability, succession planning and lay and professional roles and responsibilities. David Lazarus, incoming Chair of JVN, outlined some of the ideas for follow up to the event including an induction for new trustees and a similar event in the north west.
Steven Lewis said afterwards, "This event modelled the level of collaboration that is now operating across the community".
Mark Adlestone, Chair of The FED said, "A wonderful opportunity to network with so many communal organisations from London and help to put Manchester on the map. This will help us at THE FED to model the best practices of the very best London organisations."
Abigail Morris, Chief Executive of the Jewish Museum said, “It was a great success – I was really pleased to be there. Thank you for inviting me and organising it. What an impressive gathering – well done. I really enjoyed the keynote address; unusual, entertaining and informative”.
Nigel Layton, Chair of LEAD and JLC Trustee, said that he was delighted by the positive response to the event and that he looks forward to rolling out further leadership development activities across the community in 2013.