Lead roles examined with expert help


Leadership development group Lead partnered with the Jewish Volunteering Network to stage an event for communal organisation chief executives and trustees at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

In the keynote address, Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex discussed how to increase public trust in charities, highlighting issues such as regulation and greater accountability. Among topics raised by her audience were the benchmark for a charity's overheads and the low proportion of female trustees - currently just one in five.

Participants also attended workshops on issues such as leading Jewish organisations through challenging times and how "transparency can be transformative".

The former featured UJS chair Ella Rose, who said a recent challenge had been preparing students for possible antisemitism in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

Jewish Care chair Steven Lewis stressed the importance of charity boards including people with money-generating abilities. "Fundraising is not a dirty word. You do need it to provide the services. A third of the board should be fundraising."

Lead executive director Nicky Goldman said the event "exceeded our expectations on all levels".

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