Who We Are

Who We Are


Benjamin has held a number of communal positions continuing a long family tradition of active service to the community.

Professionally a director of a property company, he is a Trustee and Chair of The Paperweight Trust focusing on strategic planning, innovation and practical leadership, maintaining a close brief on all activities.
Bayla draws on her broad experience in several charity and healthcare fields to help provide the vision and energy to maintain Paperweight as a key contributor to the social needs of our community.

As a Trustee and now hands-on CEO, Bayla is responsible for its day-to-day processes, including working closely with the Operations Manager, and administrators, as well as meeting and presenting the work of the charity to referrers, stakeholders and the wider Jewish community.
Alan fits in his several roles in Paperweight between his commercial activities for a number of private and publicly-listed companies in the City and West End.

Alan has been a Trustee of The Paperweight Trust since its inception in 2010. His role takes in statutory, corporate and finance matters and has a special interest in complex, long running, interdisciplinary client cases, particularly in the fields of elderly care.
Appointed a Trustee soon after its launch, Jonathan concentrates his efforts on design, marketing, advertising and all things technological for The Paperweight Trust. Combining this trusteeship with a number of other leadership roles, Jonathan continues his 30-year involvement in communal affairs in the UK and USA.

When not helping to build the community, Jonathan runs a London-based construction project management company.
Leonie is a leading Charity and Community Consultant. She has recently stepped down as the first Director of the Jewish Volunteering Network.

Leonie has a Masters in Sociology of Education and is an MBA UJIA Ashdown Fellow. She is particularly interested in faith, young people and community development issues and holds several voluntary positions including Vice Chair of the Faiths Forum for London, Vice President of the United Synagogue, and Advisor to the Children’s Aid Committee.

Leonie is an Assessor for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service Assessment Committee, part of the Honours Committee Structure.


Emma is an experienced social care professional, working with integrity across social services, mental health, elder care, dementia, bereavement and pastoral counselling. Emma is a passionate advocate, dedicated to enabling staff and volunteers, placing clients at the centre of all her work.

Emma has an inherent understanding and respect for the diversity of values and culture within the Jewish community combined with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and sensitivity needed to successfully engage with individuals and their families.
Geoffrey’s “life before Paperweight” as he describes it was as a central London solicitor, a role whose demands and skill made him ideally suited to his role as the professional liaison co-ordinator. He is the link between Paperweight’s caseworkers and their clients and the dozens of professional firms who provide their specialist services.

Geoffrey’s particular skills are to analyse the facts and issues in any particular case prior to referral so that the relevant information is extracted and clarified. He can then summarise the pertinent facts and make direct contact with the professional firms on our advisory panel, ensuring that client and professional are best suited and also enabling a fair spread of the caseloads amongst the professionals.
Dovid is a paperwork buff, and is passionate about Paperweight, joining shortly after its inception. Personal experiences left him inspired by the tremendous gap Paperweight was filling within the community. He has watched how it has grown and expanded its projects over the years, and is now assisting with many more complicated issues which present themselves as a component of living in the 21st century. Dovid is a Finance Director by trade and loves connecting with people.
Daphne’s professional background in financial services, as well as previous volunteering experience as a lay visitor visiting police stations and the Courts, holds her in good stead. It has enabled Daphne to understand a whole variety of situations in which our clients find themselves, and for which they come to us for help.

Daphne’s work as an administrator and a member of the Reports Audit Team, makes her time at The Paperweight Trust challenging and enjoyable and there is never a dull day.
Lorraine joined the Paperweight team four years ago as a part-time Administrator. She enjoys her weekly involvement and feels honoured to be part of the Paperweight team. The kindness, time and care given by our caseworkers to their clients is truly amazing.

Lorraine has always enjoyed volunteering and being able to have the opportunity to support the community in which she lives. As her children have now grown and become independent, she felt it was the right time to concentrate on her interests.
Maxine lived in New York City for 10 years, where she volunteered in the Foreign Affairs Department of the 92nd Street Y, helping in a soup kitchen and being involved in a reading scheme for under-privileged children in Harlem.

On her return to London, Maxine joined as a part-time volunteer office administrator, and her role has expanded to include managing the advertising department and becoming a member of the training team. Her passion for Paperweight is not only because it fills such a large gap in the community, but also because of the caring and professional way both clients and volunteers are treated.
Denise, a practicing teacher and Maths tutor, whose other voluntary roles are in healthcare, community obstetrics and marriage preparation classes – acts as administrator to Paperweight.

She maintains a secure and up to date record of all contacts and communications with clients and volunteers, giving volunteers access to the essential information they require to provide quality services to clients. This requires a facility with large data quantities, a very organised mind and a familiarity with up-to-date data management technology.
Susan’s background for many years was in education. Since retiring, she has been able to pursue a wide range of interests, one of which is volunteering. Susan became a Paperweight caseworker when it was a fledgling organisation. Since then her role has widened to include being a member of the training team and office administrator, so that she is able to appreciate the way in which the charity has grown. Susan very much values the professionalism and care which Paperweight shows to both clients and volunteers.
Mariane has spent several years working with the voluntary sector, initially running a private charity at the London Borough of Barnet and subsequently working in a similar capacity for a prominent city-based charity. Mariane is very keen to use this experience to develop and run Paperlite, ensuring that those in need of longer-term reassurance and support receive the help they require as well as a friend they can talk to.
Brenda has worked in the charity and social care sector for over 25 years. She has assisted numerous organisations in ensuring that they meet the necessary governance and compliance with their relevant regulators and in producing appropriate policies and procedures.

Brenda is delighted to use her skills to benefit Paperweight in her role as the Compliance Manager, to enable the professionalism necessary to support clients with dignity and understanding.


Bayla is a qualified solicitor and family mediator, chairman of the local Children's Centre as well as being a CAB adviser for many years. As a result, Bayla has a very wide experience of the many stressful situations which are encountered and is able to work with and guide our caseworkers to help our clients, and to relieve them of their concerns.

Bayla’s role as Project Coordinator is to help expand Paperweight’s activities in NW England and North Manchester in particular.
Dinah is a qualified lawyer and trained mediator. Her main interest has always been Access to Justice. As part of Dinah’s work at Manchester law school, she set up 3 legal advice centres on campus, the CJC and East Manchester. Over 35 years ago, Dinah set up the Gingerbread office in Manchester. She is a mentor for One Million Mentors (mentoring sixth formers), and Chair of North West Legal Support Trust.

As Project Coordinator for South Manchester Paperweight, Dinah is now working hard to help expand Paperweight’s activities in this area where she lives.
Ruth had a two-decade career as a primary school teacher and Assistant Headteacher.
At present Ruth works as a part time Synagogue Social Welfare Coordinator.

Throughout Ruth’s life, she has been involved and has a passion for communal voluntary affairs, which is amply fulfilled by her role at Paperweight, where she is the Manchester Liaison Officer. Her work involves keeping an eye on all the intricate strands involved in running our NW England satellite, which enables us to provide an efficient and professional service.