Jnetics employs an Executive Director and Project & Programme Manger 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.
Over time and with the necessary funding, Jnetics will employ other staff (e.g. outreach education officer, researcher etc.) to support our project work and enable us to expand our services.
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Our Executive Director, Katrina Sarig, is responsible for our strategic direction, delivery of our services, as well as running the day-to-day aspects of the charity:
Executive Director, Jnetics
Our Project & Programme Manger, Greg Blank, is responsible for managing our key projects, including the GENEius programme, coordinating our volunteers and implementing our community screening events.
Our Project research & development officer, Aviva Khan, is assisting with the research, development and delivery the GENEius programme and supporting the other on-going Jnetics activities.
We are currently supported by two experienced freelance professionals:
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 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.
Ruth has been involved with fund raising for charities since the age of 13; first with JNF and then the Shaare Zedek Hospital. Later after her son Benjamin was born with Cystic Fibrosis she began raising funds for the CF Trust and continued to do this on an almost full time basis for the next 26 years. Tragically her son Benjamin died in 2005 at the age of 26 after marrying and later qualifying as a doctor. It was Benjamin’s dearest wish that no one else should be born with Cystic Fibrosis. Ruth is very pleased to be a Trustee for Jnetics and hopes and prays that she can help prevent other families from suffering the loss of a child by encouraging genetic testing.
Eileen Jacobs, SROT
Eileen has many years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, specialising in geriatric medicine and children with special needs. She was a national executive member of British Wizo and is co- founder of charity Cove Park with her husband Peter. As a mother of three and grandmother of nine, her concern is the wellbeing and health of her family and the future of the Jewish community
Peter Jacobs, BSc, DMS
Peter has held a variety of senior management positions over his career including CEO roles at British Sugar, Beresford International and Bupa. After 8 years as CEO at Bupa he took early retirement to co- found charity Cove Park with his wife Eileen. He has held various chairmanships and non exec. positions including Allied Domeq and the RAF. He firmly believes that Jnetics can make a significant difference to the quality of life of many families and play a leading role in reducing, and hopefully eliminating, a number of extremely serious disorders.
Lesley Isenberg, MBBCh MRCP MRCGP
Lesley has many year’s experience working as an NHS doctor in both general practice and hospital medicine. She chairs the Barnet Diabetes UK group and is involved in patient education and promoting self management in long term conditions. As a trustee of Jnetics since 2013, she is committed to the charity’s ambition to spread information about Jewish Genetic disorders to the community and taking action to ensuring screening is easily available.
Ian Pearl, LLB
Solicitor, OGR Stock Denton
Tammy Rothenberg, BA (Hons) BM BCh MRCPCH MSc (Allergy)
Tammy is a paediatrician with two decades of experience in the NHS. She is committed to Jnetics’ aims of improving awareness of Jewish Genetic diseases, improving access to screening, and providing support for those affected by these diseases. She has long experience of working within the NHS, and currently works at Homerton University Hospital, which serves the large Jewish community based around Stamford Hill. She is particularly motived to reduce barriers between different organisations, and work across boundaries to help improve things.
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 what disorders are appropriate to cover; ensure that our information is accurate and disseminated responsibly; direct our position on testing; and help facilitate collaborative work that support our objectives.
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Our educational experts are all specialists in fields relating to medical and Jewish education.
Our advisors guide us on development of the GENEius programme.