Jewish Care announces three top appointments to lay leadership team

27 Feb 2020

Changes are afoot at Jewish Care, as the organisation announces three top appointments in our lay leadership team.

The Trustees of Jewish Care are pleased to announce that following a rigorous recruitment process, Jonathan Zenios has been appointed as Jewish Care’s new Chair and will take up the position in September 2020, taking over from Steven Lewis.

Jonathan was previously a Trustee and Treasurer of Jewish Care, a former chair of Jewish Care’s Audit and Risk Committee and a former member of both its Investment Expert Group and Nominations and Remuneration Committee. He will re-join the Board in March and will bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience in the broader charity sector and Jewish community.

He has sat on the boards and committees of various organisations, including the Rosetrees Trust, London Jewish Forum and Highgate Synagogue. He also volunteers at North London Hospice and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Jewish Care is also delighted to announce the appointment of Lord Levy to Life President, the first person to hold this role in the organisation’s history. Lord Levy’s elevation to Life President from President, is a recognition of his outstanding contribution and unstinting commitment to Jewish Care over the last three decades and the organisation will continue to benefit from his leadership in this new position.

In addition, Jewish Care is extremely pleased to announce that outgoing Chair, Steven Lewis, will succeed Lord Levy as Jewish Care’s President from September. This will continue a long and dedicated involvement with the organisation that began over 30 years ago, when he started out as Chair of Young Jewish Care, before progressing to being a Trustee and culminating in nine years as Chair.

Responding to the announcement of his appointment, Jonathan Zenios, incoming Chair of Jewish Care said:

“I feel privileged to be the next Chair of Jewish Care in succession to Steven Lewis, who has had such a successful time as Chair and am looking forward to rejoining its community of volunteers and team of Trustees. It is an organisation I love and have always respected for the crucial role it plays in Anglo-Jewish life. Jewish Care is lucky to have great senior executive leadership, a passionate workforce and in Daniel Carmel-Brown, a CEO with the strategic vision that I am certain will cement our position as the care provider of choice for older people in the Jewish community for generations to come.   The Board will do all we can to support him, his directors and all the staff, in ensuring Jewish Care continues to aspire to the very highest standards of care for those who rely on us and to reach ever more people in the community as the years go by. I am very happy to be part of this vital work, which impacts the lives of so many every single day.

I am also delighted that both Lord Levy and Steven Lewis will continue their amazing work for Jewish Care, which has benefitted so much from their commitment over the decades, enabling us to enjoy their guidance and strong support for many more years to come.”

Speaking of the changes Lord Levy, President of Jewish Care said:

“I am delighted at the appointment of Jonathan Zenios as new Chair of Jewish Care.  He has shown an outstanding commitment to the organisation for many years and has a great understanding of the difficult issues facing both care and our community going forward. I wish him enormous success in this new and challenging position.  To see the younger generation of leaders coming to the fore, demonstrates that Jewish Care leads the way.  I am honoured that the organisation has created for the very first time, a new position of Life President and I will continue all my work for Jewish Care in the same way that I have done for so many years. I am also pleased that Steven Lewis will remain fully involved with the organisation and will become the new President.”

Steven Lewis, Chair, Jewish Care said:

“I’m excited to welcome Jonathan back to Jewish Care as our new Chair and thrilled that Lord Levy, who has been an inspiration to all of us, will continue to provide leadership to Jewish Care as our first ever Life President. It’s a real privilege for me to step into the role of President and I look forward to working together with our fantastic board of Trustees and the professional team, led by Daniel Carmel-Brown.”