Who We Are
As one of the UK’s innovative, niche Jewish charities, we honour a new generation of young philanthropists inspired by their engagement in a proactive movement to better humanity. Promoting the person-centred message that everyone’s contribution matters is the meaningful way we aim to communicate with the public. With 85% of the total coming from the new, young donor audience, Laniado UK now stands out as a distinct charity which promotes giving and leadership. Our goal is to harness the potential in this viable community and encourage philanthropy at all levels.
We aim to set the best example of what can be achieved through involvement. To this end, our focus on involving the future philanthropists of tomorrow has helped us cultivate an eager and willing audience motivated by achievement toward a charitable goal, communal identity and engagement and personal fulfilment.
To achieve our goals, we rely on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill and teamwork of Laniado employees. Laniado's ability to deliver on our strategy is dependent upon our employees as they are one of our greatest assets. Based on the vision of our founder, we believe in individuals and in our colleagues’ ability to use their common sense to take responsibility and use their initiative.They are responsible for discovering, developing and delivering the innovative ideas and programmes that recruit and manage our volunteers, fundraisers and friends to help to enable their efforts in supporting Laniado Hospital.
We believe one key to successful charity evolution and growth in today's rapidly changing economy driven by knowledge and innovation is to let go of formal centralised control that is so often found in the traditional charity infrastructure. Our staff stay closer to our donors and volunteers, who know better the needs of the community and can respond faster to changing expectations. At Laniado, decisions are made faster, the entrepreneurial creativity of our employees is released, and ideas are managed better.
Simon Silver - Chief Executive
Simon completed his degree in History at the University of Bristol in 2000. He went on to live in Japan where he was employed by the Japanese government at local level working in education and international relations. In 2002 Simon went to study at Yeshiva, qualifying as a Rabbi in 2008. Upon qualification he worked as a fundraiser and educator at Aish UK for three years before taking up the CEO role at Laniado. Simon is in the second year of a three year MBA at Imperial College
Paul Greenberg - Business Development Manager
Paul studied Special Event Management at the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure qualifying with honours in 1999. Paul immediately became an Event Manager for Recruit PLC at Wembley Stadium and in 2001 took up a job with Aish UK becoming Director of Sales for their away trip department. In 2009 Paul co-founded Redbox Events off the back of his successful entertainment agency - Pure Orange. Redbox continues to run high profile events for companies including Aviva, Kraft, BT Hong Kong Football Club and Jumeirah. Paul joined Laniado in September 2011, as Business Development Manager. He lives in Edgware with his wife Shoshanah and their three children. Through his experience in events, Paul plans to continue to raise the profile of Laniado in the UK thereby encouraging young philanthropy within the community.
Sarah David - Events Manager
Sarah was successful in the establishment of the first Womans Committee for Chanah (dealing in fertility treatment for members of the Jewish community). Sarah came to Laniado just over a year ago and has set up four seperate committees who have maneged to put on a number of fundraising events that have raised in excess of £10,000 to date.
CHAIRMAN AND TRUSTEES
Jerry Kohn graduated college in New York in accountancy. After getting married he worked for twenty years as a commodities trader for Marc Rich and Co which later became Glencore. Jerry is now working as a property investment adviser, advising on commercial and residential investment opportunities across the UK. Jerry and his wife Chana live in Golders Green, they have eight children.
Our trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of our charity and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of Laniado Hospital UK.
Our trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which Laniado Hospital UK been set up. They are ultimately guided by the tenets and directives of the Articles of Association for Laniado UK, as the charity is now limited by company guarantee (Reg. 1126356) and by the expectations and responsibilities laid out by the Charity Commission. They aim to ensure compliance, and are focused on the duty of prudence and the duty of care in the charity.
Our Trustees are:
Jerry Kohn, Chair of Trustees
Sam Dayani, Stephen Greenman, Avrumi Stern and Rabbi Aaron Shaye Spitzer
Together with the charity, the trustees aim to implement and abide by the Charity Commission's "Hallmarks of an Effective Charity," helping to establish Laniado Hospital UK as a role model in good practice.
The Executive Board are responsible for upcoming financial prospects to ensure that Laniado has a secure future. In a very short span of time, their wealth of knowledge, talent and passion for communicating the universal message of Laniado has brought many new supporters and friends from all walks of life and beliefs. They are bound by their belief that Laniado is serving as a living, active new philanthropy for our modern age and provides concrete solutions for the physical, mental and social needs of those less privileged in the troubled Middle East.
David is Chief Executive, Founder and Executive Board Member of Goldacre Ventures. He has a wide-ranging background in the Technology Media & Telecommunications industry and now develops and markets high technology concepts for Goldacre. David has an extensive background with a number of Jewish Youth groups and is a trustee for Sinai Youth. David has been a Laniado Board member for over 5 years and has previously chaired the Laniado UK Gala dinner. He is excited to head the Laniado Board.
Raphael de Botton is an Associate in the Private Equity Group, based in London. Before joining Blackstone in 2006, Raphael worked for 2 years at Lazard in the Mergers and Acquisition division, in New York. Raphael currently serves on the Board of the Tragus Group Limited. Raphael graduated from ESSEC Business School with a Master's degree in finance, and from the French National Institute of Telecommunications with a Masters of Science.
Mort started his career with the London Stock Exchange in 1986 before moving to the Securities and Futures Authority where he was an inspector in the enforcement/surveillance division. In 1995 he joined Guinness Mahon & Co. as Group Head of Compliance. Following the acquisition of Guinness Mahon & Co by Investec, he became the Head of Compliance for Investec Holdings (UK) Limited. From 2001 to mid 2010, Mort was the Managing Director of Investec Bank in the Channel Islands where he grew profitability from £1 million to £20 million per annum during this period and was responsible for assets of £2 billion. Under Mort's leadership, Investec Bank Channels Islands was awarded the accolade of Best Large Business by the Department of Commerce and Employment in Guernsey in 2009. Mort subsequently established one of the first Mezzanine funds in the UK, Maslow Capital, before heading back to the corporate world as CEO of Jordan International Bank in Mayfair. As one of our most dedicated and active Muslim supporters, Mort has helped to advance cooperative efforts in the community at large, widened the scope of the charity and facilitated a more positive perception of interfaith work. He is a role model for our volunteers, activists and donors.
Dr. Sinclair was the founding member of the Saatchi Synagogue and continues to be closely involved as a Trustee. He was Chairman of Jewish Continuity, founded by the Chief Rabbi in 1993, and some years later, he oversaw its merger with the JIA, becoming Vice-Chairman of the newly formed United Jewish Israel Appeal. He continues to sit on the Board today. Dr. Sinclair was a founder of Schools J-Link, the Jewish Learning Exchange and the Jewish Outreach Network. He has been Chairman of the Management Committee of the Sage Nursing Home since its opening. Dr. Sinclair is Chairman of the Executive Board of The World Council for Torah Education and a Board Member of the British Friends of Arad. He is Vice Chairman of JNF UK.
Stephen has worked in financial services for over 12 years and is currently a partner at a leading global private equity firm. After starting out in investment banking for the Rothschild Group, he moved to Israel where he set up and ran a venture capital fund. Upon returning to London, he joined Coller Capital where he currently remains with responsibility for finding and making secondary private equity investments in the UK. This requires him to work alongside hedge funds, corporates, financial institutions and other private equity focussed investors. Outside of business, he is married with three young (but growing) children and, in addition to Laniado UK, he is involved with Jewish Care and is a governor at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School. Stephen chaired the Laniado UK Gala dinner in 2013.
Warren Lawson is an Executive Director at JRJ Group, a private equity investment firm which specialises in Financial Services companies. Prior to joining JRJ in 2009, Warren was a long/short equity global financials analyst for Atticus Capital, a hedge fund with over $20bn in AuM in 2007. He holds a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Raphael is an Analyst at AREA Property Partners, an international real estate fund manager, where he is responsible for sourcing and oversight of investments. Prior to joining AREA, Raphael was part of the Lee Baron Group. In addition to this, Raphael currently serves on the Board of his local synagogue, Kehillas Toras Chaim, where he is responsible for religious and social events. Recently graduated form Queen Mary University of London, Raphael received a First Class Honours degree in English Literature. He lives in Hendon with his wife Eve and his daughter Lyla.
Dovi is the founder and CEO of SAND Fine Jewellery - Jeweller of Distinction. Dovi offers a personal and bespoke service to high net worth individuals sourcing conflict‐free natural diamonds of all shapes and sizes, and designs the jewellery according to the clients' needs. He is also the sole agent in the UK of Karma Creations, a high-end, exclusive diamond jewellery line that offers "fashionable diamond jewellery with a purpose". Dovi recently moved back to London having lived and worked in Asia for 10 years. Dovi pioneered De Beers’ Precious Collection in Hong Kong and Taiwan, led the supply of Forevermark, and sold the largest polished diamond of its kind in the world in 2008. Dovi is married to Ginat, and lives in Hendon with their four children, Shira, Noa, Danya and Amitai
Marc has been working at StormHarbour, a boutique investment bank since April 2010, which specializes in structure debt and in refinancing issues. Previously, Marc worked at Natixis and The Royal Bank of Scotland in Paris and London as a senior structurer on Asset Backed Securities where he was responsibile for bringing to the market over 6bn Euros of public and private deals. Marc began his career with Société Générale in Hong Kong on Asian equities. Outside of work, Marc is a tennis fan and plays regularly at a decent level. Marc holds a BA from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Reims (France).
Negar Yazdani runs BlackLion Law, which specialises in financial irregularities litigation on behalf of claimants against banks. Negar comes from a family of art dealers. Her parents fled Iran at the beginning of the revolution in 1978 and arrived in the UK with nothing other than a work ethic. She began her professional career at Mishcon de Reya 15 years ago, moving on to RBS where she moved from commercial mortgage backed securities to real estate finance in the Gulf region. In 2008 she went on to starting her own business Black Lion Law. Negar was the dinner chair for the Laniado Gala Dinner at the Globe Theatre in 2012. With her guidance, that dinner raised £250,000.
Gemma graduated with a First Class degree in Economics and Econometrics from Nottingham University in 2000. She immediately joined the Corporate Finance department of UBS Investment Bank and spent the next five years working on some of Europe's largest media mergers and financing. In 2005 she began to work for the CEO of UBS Investment Bank undertaking a role primarily focused on the strategy and the CEO's communications. Gemma chose to leave the city after 13 years in 2013 to dedicate more time to her family and charity. She lives in Elstree with her husband Simon and their three children.
Hilary Natoff has vast experience in the field of Healthcare where she has been investing in the sector at Fidelity International for 11 years. She is a portfolio manager of the Fidelity Funds - Global Healthcare fund and co manages the Fidelity Global demographic fund. Prior to her 16 years in the city, she qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. She is a proud advocate of Israel and has raised a considerable amount of money for Israeli charities and is a patron of MyIsrael. She has attended Laniado dinners in the past and is excited about her new role as an executive board member. She looks forward to helping Laniado grow and we are delighted to welcome her as the newest member of the board.
Kevan has been working as an Optometric Joint/Shared Venture Director for Specsavers for almost 30 years, running at one time 6 stores, examined students for the College of Optometry, Chaired the Local Optical Committee, and past Chair of Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue. Spending time in Netanya through serendipity met a young family on the beach who happened to feature in the Laniado Dinner Campaign two years ago. This was the catalyst for touring Laniado Hospital, attending last year's dinner and raising money in the Essex area. A Mad cyclist he's looking forward to being a Board Member and raising money for the Hospital.
Young Laniado Committee
Daniella Schischa (head), Joy Ambalo, Yael Bodenstein, Sarah David, Natasha Freiberger, Perri Noe.
Young Professional Committee
Gabriella Lauffer (joint head), Deborah Sayagh (joint head), Claudia Badal, Sarah David
Young North Committee
Jessica Goldberg (head), Laura Delmonte, Elisheva Pavlowski, Liesbeth Harris, Sherelle Dresner, Noemi Craimer, Avigail Graham.