Russell Manning, Chair of LJWB

Russell was born, educated, works and lives in Leeds!

Educated at Roundhay High School.  After a short apprenticeship with estate agents in Leeds he set up his own business in 1979 in Leeds City Centre.  That business expanded into the suburbs and was eventually sold in 1987.  He set up his current business Manning and Company in 1991 which in due course merged with Staintons Residential in 2001 to form Manning Stainton which is now one of the Top 20 independent estate agencies in the UK, operating from 21 branches and departments across West Yorkshire.

The company has won many awards including the much coveted Top Independent Estate Agency in the UK in 2006 as well The Sunday Times best Medium size Estate Agency in the North, 3 years in a row. The company has also been included on numerous occasions in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies in the UK to work for.

Russell has been involved in communal activities for more than 30 years, principally with the Leeds Jewish Housing Association for whom he was chair for some 9 years and latterly as a Vice President and Trustee of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

Russell is married to Pharmacist Debbie. He has 2 children, Mark, who works in the family business, and Rebecca and has 2 grandchildren. His principal hobbies are music and golf.

Helen Lewis, Deputy Chair of LJWB & Chair of Communtiy Engagement & Inclusion

Helen has been involved in the Board since moving to Leeds nearly 20 years ago. She is a career health service manager with experience in a wide range of health care settings. In her spare time she has parented two sets of twins almost to adulthood, and helps to care for a very scatty cocker spaniel. She is married to Bill, who is an ecologist.  They are both actively involved in Jewish communities and informal Jewish education. Her proudest involvement with the Board is having been part of the building committee for the MAZCC and surviving the first year of its operation.   She doesn’t really have time for hobbies, though is attempting to get slightly fitter to work off the effects of many sandwich lunches grabbed at a desk.

VLVictor Leslie, Trustee & Chair of Moorcare Steering Group

Victor has a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry and spent all of his professional career working for ICI.  His many roles ranged from running large R&D departments both in the UK and US, to being President of a Joint Venture company in Houston Texas.  His final years prior to retiring as a senior executive in 1998 included running several global businesses, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and purchasing for the Petrochemical and Plastics Division.

Victor has lived in Leeds for 30 years with his wife Loretta a now retired consultant systems analyst and they have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.

Fundraising and community engagement has been a passion for many years.  He has been a long term member of the LJWB fundraising group FLAG.  For the past 15 years he served on committees in the LJWB covering the Care and Wellbeing areas.

Victor’s hobbies include keeping fit in the gym, running actively managed stock market portfolios and travelling the world as a tourist rather than on business!

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.

Joanne Mornin, Trustee & Chair of Finance & Admin

Joanne joined her present company, Innserve, in 2011 and is the Director of Finance and IT. Prior to that Joanne held senior Finance roles at GE and Manheim Europe. Joanne qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 with Arthur Andersen, having gained a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Law from Manchester University.

Joanne has three children as well as a step-daughter and is married to Darren. In her spare time, Joanne loves to walk and was part of the team who walked the 24 hour challenge for Donisthorpe in 2013 raising thousands of pounds.

Nikki Ross, Trustee & Chair of Care & Wellbeing

Nikki was born in Leeds but has also lived and taught in Nottingham and Sussex, where she was Head of Nursery and Infants at a preparatory school in Brighton. Her special interest was working and training teachers and staff to work effectively with children with additional needs. Nikki also enjoyed producing and directing several plays and musicals!

Since returning to Leeds with the family in 1998, she worked part-time at Brodetsky on the Senior Management Team and latterly as a SENCO and is fully qualified in safeguarding.

In each town, Nikki was involved with various charities and has been a Chair and Trustee of LJWB since 2006.

Her husband Jonathan is a past Chair of fundraising. They have two children, Oliver and Lucy, and a very lively Tibetan Terrier called Louis.

Michael Sandpearl, Trustee & Chair of Special Projects

Michael Sandpearl is married to Delise with 2 children.

Michael is an active member of BHH, and although currently retired he is a qualified accountant with extensive financial and general management experience.

From 1999-2001, whilst living in Hong Kong, Michael was Executive Director of the Ohel Leah Charitable Trust which involved running the Community Centre with catering and sports facilities, as well as managing the investments of the Trust and administering the benevolent society. Prior to this Michael was Chairman of the JCC in a volunteer capacity.

When he is not spending time with his family and enjoying his grand-daughter Michael enjoys playing golf, keeping fit in the gym and travelling, as well as serving the community as a JP.

Jonathan Straight, Trustee & Chair of Income Generation

Jonathan Straight is an environmental entrepreneur, investor, non-executive director, consultant and motivational speaker born and bred in Leeds.

For 21 years until 2013 he ran the business that he founded and that ultimately became Straight plc – the UK’s leading supplier of specialist recycling container solutions. The business which turned over in the region of £30m per annum and employed more than 100 people was listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market for a decade. Successfully exiting the business following its sale to an investment company, Jonathan is still recognized as an expert in the field and remains involved in several industry groups.

Jonathan is a non-executive director of the water conservation NGO, Waterwise. He is a founder and director of The Street Lane Bakery – a social enterprise baking high quality kosher bread and staffed mostly by volunteers. He is the founder and a trustee of his own charitable vehicle, The Straight Charitable Trust.

Jonathan is married with two young children. In the little time his many activities leave for relaxation he reads business books and modern fiction. He has a growing passion for street photography and has an unrivalled collection of almost 300 pairs of spectacles.

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