Jewish Women’s Aid chief executive Alison Rosen has left the charity after just a month in the post, saying she was “shocked to be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement about my departure”.
Ms Rosen joined JWA after a lengthy professional leadership career in both the Jewish and wider sector, serving Wizo, the S & P Sephardi Community, special needs charity Langdon and the Griffin Institute, a prominent surgical training and medical research organisation.
When JWA recruited her to succeed Naomi Dickson, who has taken on the chief executive role at Norwood, its co-chairs highlighted Ms Rosen’s “impressive track record”, adding she would bring “strong leadership skills, communal knowledge and significant fundraising experience.
“She has a passion for the work of Jewish Women’s Aid and an understanding of what we need to do to drive the charity forward and meet the growing demands placed on us as awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence grows in our community.”
Ms Rosen said at the time that she was looking forward to working again within the Jewish community and growing JWA’s income to meet the increasing demand for its services.
She told the JC today that she had joined JWA “because I was very much aligned with the values of the organisation; the tremendous work the charity does to prevent abuse.
“With that in mind, I was shocked to be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement about my departure.” She had refused to sign it.
Ms Rosen declined to comment further.
In a two-line statement, JWA confirmed that it had “parted ways” with Ms Rosen. “She leaves with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.”