Richard Franklin Chief ExecutiveRichard 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 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 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 DevelopmentHadassa 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.
Jessica Levy Acting Director of FundraisingJessica joined Kisharon in October 2020. A former Corporate Fundraiser for Crimestoppers – Jessica ran campaign led fundraising projects on crime prevention, as well as numerous roles in charity fundraising and events including, Events Manager at Norwood, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK and Fundraising Manager at JW3. Jessica is looking forward to working as part of the Kisharon team for the benefit of the people we support.
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