Louise Hager was fortunate to have been raised in a home where communal responsibility and involvement were intrinsic values which made a lasting impression that has shaped her life.
Married to Freddy just shy of turning eighteen, they were blessed with four children. Whilst bringing up their children in their home in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Louise was communally active in her work for local charities. The family has a strong connection with the Lubavitch movement, founded on a personal connection with the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his wife z”l. Because of this unusual closeness, for the last 27 years Louise is in constant demand and is regularly invited to speak all over the world, inspiring others through her experiences.
Louise’s business acumen was honed from an early age, assisting in her father, Aaron Winegarten’s z’l jewellery business. As her children got older, Louise developed her skills in the Cabouchon jewellery business, rising up the ranks, ultimately introducing the business model to the Israeli market.
When her mother, Frances Winegarten z’l, co-founded Chai Cancer Care in 1990, Louise played a supportive and advisory role in the early years of the charity. As the organisation developed, Louise was persuaded by her mother and Susan Shipman to take on greater responsibility, bringing her skills to the board of Trustees in 1998, later becoming co-chairman in 2002 with specific responsibility for fundraising, marketing and donor relations.
Since 2008 Louise has been the chairman of Chai bringing unparalleled levels of expertise and commitment to this ever-growing, vibrant and innovative organisation. Under her leadership and strategic planning, Chai has developed from a small operation servicing the local community in North West London, to a nationally and internationally renowned centre of excellence for specialised cancer support. With eleven centres across the UK, Chai currently supports over 3,200 clients.