Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health service, has appointed Doug Krikler as its new chairman.
Mr Krikler, formerly chief executive of UJIA, replaces Lionel Curry — who becomes a life president of the charity.
The announcement follows a strategic partnership between Jami and Jewish Care, the community’s largest social services provider, in 2012.
Jami chief executive Laurie Rackind said: “Lionel Curry was a fantastic chair and did so much for Jami. Doug will undoubtedly be instrumental in taking the organisation to the next level.”
Mr Krikler, who is head of business development at Investec, said: “Mental health is such an important and often misunderstood issue and one that is so prominent today on the UK national agenda.
“The Jewish community is as susceptible to the effects of mental health problems as the wider society. We are determined that Jami will continue to offer an ever-improving, first-class mental health service for our community.”
One of Mr Krikler’s first challenges is to increase voluntary income to over £1m as Jami looks to fund the community-wide services it is responsible for.