Matthew Lewis, Trustee & Chair of HR & Business Continuity
Matthew moved from London to Leeds 10 years ago, where he was a member of Richmond Synagogue. Matthew is currently a member of UHC, Shadwell Lane and was married there in 1991. Matthew is married to Karen, nee Myers (daughter of Doreen and the late Peter Myers) and have three children (aged 17, 15 and 13); all have passed through Brodetsky Primary School where he has previously been a Parent Governor.
Matthew is Head of the Leeds Employment Department at Squire Patton Boggs (law firm; previously Hammonds); where he runs a team of 10 lawyers. He has also provided pro bono employment advice to LJWB and is currently a member of the LJWB Finance and Administration and HR Committees.
In his spare time Matthew has been head of Squire Patton Boggs’ Leeds office charity committee, raising £30k for Yorkshire Cancer Research, run 10k and the Leeds half marathon for Donisthorpe.
Matthew is a director of the soon to be launched credit union for retail employees (retailCURe), which is supported by the Retail Trust and a number of high street retailers. This will provide access to funding and saving opportunities to many hard-pressed individuals.
Matthew will bring hard work and an eye to detail to the operation of LJWB. He will also bring objectivity; we all care about the work of the LJWB and the Trustees need to be able to stand back and sometimes make difficult decisions or support the Chief Executive and management team with the decisions they need to make. This is something Matthew brings to bear in his professional life; helping clients make clear and commercial decisions against what is sometimes an emotional backdrop.
He is committed to learning more about the services provided by LJWB and ensuring there is a better understanding within the community as this will improve engagement and fundraising.