Council Trustees

WJR's Council is made up of lay leaders who are dedicated to helping WJR. Please find details below of WJR's Honorary Officers.

Full list of Council Members



Henry Grunwald OBE QC


James Libson

Vice Chair:

Linda Rosenblatt

Head of Allocations:

Sue Mandelbaum

Fundraising Chair:

Richard Frank


Bill Shaul

Council Members:

Paul Balcombe

John Bennett

Shimon Cohen

Marc Gordon

Susannah Kintish

Nigel Layton

Adam Pike

Peter Reichwald

Jimmy Strauss

Charles Teacher

Chairman's Advisory Board:

Jeremy Balcombe

David Bearman

Michael Bennett

Andrew Brown MBE

Simon Freeman

Jonathan Joseph

Avril Kleeman MBE

Jean Marks

Ashley Mitchell

Leslie Morgan

Ashley Reeback

Harvey Rosenblatt

Nigel Ross

Kenneth Rubens OBE

Basil Saunders

Jonathan Williams

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Henry Grunwald OBE QC

Henry Grunwald was appointed WJR’s President in June 2009. He has previously been President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council. He was recognised in the 2009 Birthday Honours, being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Henry has a successful career as a criminal barrister, specialising in serious crime, and became a QC in 1999. 

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James Libson

James Libson was appointed as Chairman on 26th September 2011. He heads law firm Mishcon de Reya’s Private department and previously headed the firm’s Litigation team. He has been involved in WJR for many years, first offering his legal services pro bono in 2006. Since then he has participated in many initiatives and visited projects in Kharkov, Ukraine. He joined the Board in 2010, contributing to the charity’s strategy and governance. He will continue to serve on this Board, now as WJR’s Chair.

Linda Rosenblatt
Vice Chairman

Linda Rosenblatt has been involved with WJR for over 20 years and has been Vice- Chairman since 2002. Linda is engaged in many aspects of the organisation's fundraising efforts and is involved in the Dinner, Major Giving, Pomegranate and Connections committees. Linda has travelled extensively to visit communities benefitting from WJR's support including Argentina, Bosnia, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine, and sits on the Allocations committee.

Sue Mandelbaum
Chair of Allocations
I have been involved with WJR for around five years. I initially became interested in WJR as I wanted to give some serious input to a charity and a conversation with someone who had come back from Mission Impossible led me to WJR. I was initially involved the Business Breakfast, and am now chair of the Allocations Committee, involved with the major giving programme and also with Pomegranate.
Bill Shaul
I have been involved with WJR since September 2008. Prior to that I have had very limited involvement. Since then I have been amazed at the work done by WJR and the dedication and committment of the staff. I am a Tax Partner at KPMG. I am married to Myra and have four daughters.

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