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Who We Are

Jnetics employs a Chief Executive Officer, Database & Fundraising Manager, Marketing & Events Executive and Research, Development & Outreach Manager, who work closely with our Board of Trustees and expert Scientific and Medical advisors. We also have a team of freelance professionals managing certain areas of activity and delivering specific projects. In addition, we are supported by volunteers who generously share their time and expertise to help progress our work.

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Our Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Gordon, is responsible for our strategic direction, delivery of our services, as well as running the day-to-day aspects of the charity.

Nicole Gordon, Chief Executive Officer

Nicole Gordon
Gaby Baigel is our Database & Fundraising Manager and is responsible for charity’s database and providing fundraising management, including; donor management, analysis and communications.

Nicole Levy is our Marketing & Events Executive and is responsible for the charity’s events and social media and supporting the other on-going Jnetics activities.

Our Interim Outreach, Research & Development Manager, Guila Vaz Mouyal is responsible for assisting with the research, development and delivery of our programmes, developing the organisation’s outreach activities throughout the UK and ongoing genetic research projects. Guila is maternity cover for Aviva Lewis.

Our Finance Officer Ruthie Abenson is responsible for our accounts.

Jnetics is managed by a board of trustees responsible for ensuring that the charity meets its objectives whilst complying with legal obligations under charity and company law. The board provides guidance for the strategic development of the charity and reviews work as it develops.

Our trustees have experience across charity management, finance and fundraising, marketing and PR, and healthcare.

Anthony Angel (chairman)

Anthony Angel
Anthony was the former Worldwide Managing Partner at Linklaters, Executive Managing Director EMEA at Standard & Poor’, Global Co-Chairman at DLA Piper and Trustee and Treasurer of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust before becoming chairman of Jnetics’ board of trustees.  Anthony’s son Benjamin died aged 26 from Cystic Fibrosis. He is committed to preventing the suffering and pain of other Jewish families from the death of a child from what are now avoidable genetic diseases.

 

Laura Birnbaum

Laura is the head of Property and Technical Services for the London Fire Brigade. Laura is involved with several charitable and communal organisations.

 

Leon Blitz

Leon Blitz
Leon is the co-founder of Grovepoint, a London-based private equity and investment management firm. Prior to this, Leon held senior roles at Investec for over 21 years after having qualified and trained as a chartered accountant in South Africa.
Leon has served as a non-executive Director and Chairman of several companies in the UK, Europe, Israel and Australia. He is the Life President and former Chairman of UK Israel Business (Bilateral Chamber of Commerce) driving initiatives to connect those in the UK to innovative and cutting-edge Israeli technologies and their ecosystem and was involved in the establishment of the UK Israel HealthTech forum.
Leon is also committed and involved with several charitable and communal organisations where he serves in various capacities. In addition, Leon has had personal knowledge and experience with certain genetic conditions.
Married to Cara and has three adult children.

 

Neville Goldschneider

Neville Goldschneider
Neville is the Chief Executive of Camp Simcha. With substantial experience gained over 20 years working with children and young people in a variety of Jewish communal settings, he has guided Camp Simcha from its founders’ kitchen table to where it is today, a national charity making a vital difference to thousands of seriously ill children and their families throughout the UK. Neville’s whole family is dedicated to Jewish communal service: presently his son Adam and daughter-in-law Tammy learn and teach in Jerusalem and his daughter Leah teaches in a Jewish primary school in North West London.

 

Juliette Harris PhD, MSc – Genetic Counsellor


Juliette is a specialist Genetic Counsellor at North West Thames Regional Genetics Service. She was the dedicated NHS Genetic Counsellor for Jnetics from 2018-2020 and has volunteered as a screening advisor with Jnetics for over 6 years, and helped set up the first ever Jnetics community screen in 2014. She has a PhD in Human Genetics from Imperial College School of Medicine and qualified as a Genetic Counsellor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City. She is passionate about the role that public involvement and community engagement has in increasing awareness, acceptance and uptake of genetic screening programmes.

 

Anthony Leon

Anthony Leon
Anthony Leon is Finance Director at Brandpath Group. Anthony is involved with several charitable and communal organisations.

 

We were honoured and hugely grateful to have Dr Alan Naftalin, as one of our founding trustees who contributed enormously to our work right up until he passed away in December 2012.

 

Our expert scientific and medical advisors include scientists, clinicians, researchers and a genetic counsellor who are all specialists in fields relating to Jewish genetic disorders.

Our advisors guide us on medical and scientific issues relating to Jewish genetic disorders; help us ensure that our information is accurate and disseminated responsibly; advise us in relation to testing; and help facilitate collaborative work that supports our objectives.

  • Professor Nick Lench,
    Co-founder and COO of Congenica Ltd, a genomic medicine company based at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge
  • Professor Rosalind Eeles, MA FCRP FRCR PhD
    Professor of Oncogenetics and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Cancer Genetics, The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Dr Ian Ellis, FRCP, BSc
    Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Sara Levene, RGC, MSc, BSc
    Consultant Genetic Counsellor & PGD Lead, The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health
  • Dr Simon Ramsden, PhD, FRCPath
    Consultant Clinical Scientist, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine

Our educational experts are all specialists in fields relating to medical and Jewish education.

Our advisors guide us on development of the GENEius programme.

  • Emma Cravitz, OBE
    Emma is an educational psychologist who has worked with children in a number of London schools. She is the co-founder of Eden Primary school, Yeladenu pre-school, and is a governor of JCoSS
  • Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, MD DRCOG FRCP
    Rabbi Zarum is a leading Jewish educator and theoretical physicist. He teaches at conferences and seminars, synagogues and Jewish community centres around the world.
  • Shelley Marsh, MA
    Shelley is the Executive Director of Reshet, The Network for Jewish Youth Provision. She is also an advisor to the Paediatric Intensive Care Units Network, training and supporting healthcare professionals in both paediatric and neonatal intensive care units across the UK.
  • Lord Leslie Turnberg
    Lord Turnberg is a British medical professional and an author of many publications and books related to the medical and health services fields. His experience extends to areas of research in these fields, and maintaining a clinical practice. He has published four books and some 150 articles on medical and scientific research. He is a Labour Life peer and sits in the House of Lords.
  • Lord David Pannick
    Lord Pannick QC is one of the UK’s most highly regarded advocates, practising in a broad range of areas with a particular emphasis on Public law & Human Rights. In November 2009 he became a cross-bench peer and sits in the House of Lords.