Dr Beverley Jacobson Chief ExecutiveBeverley joined Kisharon as Chief Executive in September 2008. Beverley qualified and worked as doctor in South Africa prior to moving to the UK where she completed a Master of Business Administration at the London Business School and entered into the world of strategic management consultancy. Beverley's career took another turn when her eldest daughter contracted meningitis at birth which left her with extensive global brain damage. Since then Beverley has worked tirelessly to advocate and create opportunities for her daughter and others with learning disabilities.
Richard Franklin Fundraising DirectorRichard joined Kisharon in February 2013 As Fundraising and Communication Director with over 10 years’ experience in senior positions in the Not for Profit Sector. Prior to joining Kisharon, he held directorships at Jewish Care, Kings Health Partners and at Crisis UK. Until 2015, was a Trustee of The Forgiveness Project. Having overseen a number of Capital and other Campaigns, he relishes the challenge of campaigning to realise Kisharon’s vision of enabling people with learning disabilities to have similar opportunities as their mainstream peers - and looks forward to hearing from like-minded people prepared to achieve the same!
Rob Blackstone Director of Operations and DevelopmentRob joined Kisharon in February 2016 as Director of Operations and Development having held a number of high profile roles in adult and children’s services around the country. Rob has a track record of delivering excellent services and managing change programmes within statutory and voluntary sector organisations. As Assistant Director for Adult Social Care at the London Borough of Hackney, Rob led the development of the council’s Promoting Independence strategy, which gained national recognition as a best practice approach for delivering cost-effective and person-centered services to vulnerable adults. Rob is keen to ensure that Kisharon continues to achieve sustainable growth to meet needs in the community for this and future generations.
Paul Darnell Director of Corporate ServicesPaul joined Kisharon in July 2013. A chartered accountant, he has had 35 years of experience working in the charitable and educational sectors. Paul particularly enjoys being part of a charity which is dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of it services and seeing at first hand what an immediate difference this makes to the lives of those children and adults supported by Kisharon.
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