Our Team

World Jewish Relief would not be able to carry out its work without a terrific team of hardworking people. Meet the team who make it happen:

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    Paul Anticoni

    Chief Executive

    Paul Anticoni trained as an agriculturalist and forester prior to living and working in the 80s and 90s in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia and Bosnia. Paul then led the Red Cross in their disaster response operations for 12 years before joining World Jewish Relief as CEO in 2006.

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    Stacey Swimer

    Director of International Programmes and Partnerships

    Stacey has worked with partners in Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as living and working in Zambia. Stacey has been at World Jewish Relief since June 2010 and is responsible for managing and growing our international humanitarian and development programmes.

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    Alisa Avigdor

    Director of Philanthropy

    Alisa has led fundraising teams within internationally renowned educational, arts and cultural heritage organisations for over 20 years, including the Jewish Museum London and the Royal College of Music, London. Alisa joined World Jewish Relief in September 2014.

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    Isobel Collinge

    Director of Finance

    Isobel qualified as an accountant in 2002 and has significant experience in the not for profit sector. Firstly for the NHS and more recently at the Royal College of Nursing where she led on budget setting, forecasting, financial strategy, statutory accounts and financial training.

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    Janice Lopatkin

    Programme Director, UK

    Janice has over 20 years’ experience working for a range of charities and social businesses, developing, and managing large scale projects. She was was awarded an MBE for services to refugees in the June 2019 honours list. Janice started working for World Jewish Relief in January 2016.

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    Cathy Berman

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Cathy is an expert in ecommerce, marketing and general business with over 30 years of experience working across a wide range of direct-to-customer businesses, building an in depth knowledge of understanding and engaging supporters. She joined World Jewish Relief in November, 2021.

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    Abelia Leskin

    Senior UK Refugees Programmes Officer
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    Adina Birnbaum

    Fundraising Administrator
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    Alex Brookes

    Director of Development
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    Alice Greider

    Older Peoples Programmes Officer
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    Amanda Kyte

    Office Manager
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    Annie Levy

    Campaigns and Communications Manager
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    Cosmo Robertson Charlton

    Communications and Marketing Officer
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    Debbie Cantor

    Homes for Ukraine Programme Manager
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    Ekaterina Mitiaev

    Head of Impact and Livelihoods
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    Elysia Polin

    Events Coordinator
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    Gill Bland

    Head of Income and Supporter Services
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    Hilary Chaplin

    Income Manager
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    John Kanerick

    Telephone Reception and Supporter Care Assistant
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    Judith Fagelson

    Head of Older People Programmes
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    Kai Hopkins

    Head of Humanitarian Programmes
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    Laura Hendy

    Climate and Resilience Programmes Manager
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    Madison Jansen

    Humanitarian Programmes Officer
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    Maria Gonzalez

    Income and Finance Support Manager
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    Mimi Smus

    Donor Care Officer
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    Monika Kosinska

    Finance Manager
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    Richard Budden

    Head of Individual Giving & Legacies
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    Sam Pearl

    Head of Events
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    Shelley Lief

    HR Advisor
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    Simon Cook

    Refugee Programme Manager
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    Simone Colp

    Senior Trust Fundraiser
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    Spencer Leland

    Senior Livelihoods Programme Officer
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    Tom Edwards

    Head of Major Giving
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    Vicki Russell

    Fundraising and Income Manager