Who We Are

Our team of weightlifters

We are exceptionally proud of our incredible team and the positive impact they make


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 hands-on CEO, Bayla is responsible for its day-to-day processes, including working closely with the Head of Services, as well as meeting and presenting the work of the charity to referrers, stakeholders and the wider Jewish community.

Bayla is passionate about social justice and has come to understand, through the establishment of Paperweight, that the bigger picture needs to be viewed in close-up, and that so many small but important details require perfecting before the entity is complete and functional.
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.
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.
Managing Partner of BBS Law in Manchester, Dov is the latest Trustee to join the Paperweight board. Dov’s day-to-day business focus is corporate finance work, but outside the office, he is all about the community. A founder member of his synagogue, Dov is now Chair of its Trustees, alongside serving on several Jewish educational boards in London and the North West. Dov is looking forward to bringing his unique perspective and expertise to the vital work of Paperweight.


An experienced teacher with a focus on child development, as Director of Operations, Nikki oversees all staff and personnel, coordinating all roles to enhance continuity and good working practices. Nikki is also Paperweight’s Safeguarding Lead and heads up Paperlite, our service for those in the community who need help on an ongoing basis. She has always ensured that safeguarding and mental health take top priority and has trained and developed a skill set which enables her to help others with empathy. Nikki spent over three years as Projects & Welfare Executive at United Synagogue’s Tribe and 20 years in the primary education field.
Aliza joins Paperweight with over 20 years’ experience as a senior Occupational Therapist in both private practice and the NHS. She has worked in various settings including acute hospitals, mental health and community.

Her specialty is working with older people and she is passionate that everyone gets the provision, needs and dignity they deserve to enable them to live independently and safely in the best possible way.
As a mother of a special needs son, Aliza has learnt how to navigate the services available and combined with her professional experience working in collaboration with social care departments, she understands the challenges faced by families and aims to provide the highest level of support and care to meet clients’ needs with compassion and empathy.
Andrea brings passion and enthusiasm to her position in rolling out Paperweight's services to the provinces. She intends to ensure that every Jewish person from John O'Groats to Lands End (not to mention Golders Green!) knows Paperweight is just a call away when they need guidance, help and support.

Andrea has worked in the charity sector for many years and was then honoured to work as Diary Secretary to Chief Rabbi Sacks z'l and Chief Rabbi Mirvis - giving her a unique perspective into all areas of the Jewish community. More recently Andrea was Executive Assistant to Rabbi Dweck for 8 years, which provided an illuminating window into the Sephardi community to add to her portfolio.

Her new position at Paperweight offers the rewarding potential to get to know the extraordinary numbers of thriving small communities around the UK and bring the services of Paperweight into their orbit.

With a love for project management, writing and connecting with people - spearheading PW's expansion into the provinces is the perfect vehicle for her skills. Andrea is thrilled and excited to join the team.
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.
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.


Born and bred in Leeds, David spent 40 years in the Financial Services profession, reaching Head Partner before his retirement.

Very community-focussed, David has held a number of communal positions within the Jewish school, student chaplaincy and his synagogue, as well as girls football and a walking football club. He is a Trustee and Treasurer for the Moor Allerton Elderly Care charity in Leeds.

Building on his experience in taking care of the needs of people of all ages in a professional and confidential manner, David will help direct and support the needs of the Leeds community and others across West Yorkshire in his role as Joint Coordinator for Paperweight Leeds.
Always committed and community-minded, Suzanne joins Paperweight as Joint Coordinator for the Leeds office.

Dedicated to making a positive impact, Suzanne is Community Engagement Officer for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council playing a vital role in connecting individuals with a shared sense of compassion and a desire to contribute to the community.

Suzanne brings her strong organisational skills, compassion and knowledge of the Leeds community to Paperweight Leeds.


After joining the Jewish Community Council of Gateshead (JCCG) in 2019 as Project Director, Yoni spearheaded the formation of the Gateshead division of Paperweight in the summer of 2020, incorporating it under the umbrella of the JCCG's services. Yoni is communally active, serving as a Trustee of KHG, a community social fund and also as gabbai of his local synagogue for close to 10 years.