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Senior Team

Senior Team

  • Our senior team brings a wealth of experience to drive the organisation forward
  • Dedicated to bringing disability awareness to the forefront of the community and beyond
  • Approachable management style is accompanied by an open door policy
  • Richard Franklin Chief Executive

    Richard joined Kisharon in February 2013 as Fundraising and Communication Director with more than 10 years’ experience in senior positions in the not-for-profit sector. Before joining Kisharon, he held directorships at Jewish Care, Kings Health Partners and at Crisis UK. Until 2015, he 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.
  • Paul Darnell Director of Corporate Services

    Paul 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 its services and seeing at first hand what an immediate difference this makes to the lives of those children and adults supported by Kisharon.
  • Hadassa Kessler Director of Operations and Development

    Hadassa joined Kisharon as a project leader for the Business Centre in 2007, after moving from her native Australia. Hadassa is a registered social worker, and previously worked at Ozchild in Melbourne, managing foster care services for children with disabilities. Over her years at Kisharon, Hadassa has worked across the organisation supporting adults with learning disabilities and their families. Her most recent role was principal social worker and day opportunities manager. Hadassa is passionate about people with disabilities living ordinary lives as valued members of society.
  • Hilary Newmark Director of Fundraising

    Hilary has joined Kisharon as Director of Fundraising offering more than 20 years’ experience within the Jewish charity sector. A former Senior Manager at Norwood and then Director of her own fundraising and events consultancy, she has worked with and advised numerous charities in-house and on a consultancy basis, including Camp Simcha, We Believe in Israel, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and The British Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology, where she held the position of Director. Hilary is looking forward to working as part of the Kisharon team for the benefit of the people we support.

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