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 (on maternity leave)

    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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    Abelia Leskin

    Trust Fundraiser
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    Alex Brookes

    Director of International Programmes and Partnerships
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    Adina Birnbaum

    Fundraising Assistant
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    Beth Saffer

    Programmes Manager (on maternity leave)
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    Debbie Cantor

    Archive Volunteers Team Manager
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    Ekaterina Mitiaev

    Head of Impact and Livelihoods
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    Emily Dean

    Marketing Officer
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    Gill Bland

    Head of Income and Supporter Services
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    Hilary Chaplin

    Income Manager
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    Janice Lopatkin

    Programme Director, UK
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    John Kanerick

    Telephone Reception and Supporter Care Assistant
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    Judith Fagelson

    Programmes Officer
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    Kateryna Roshchyna

    Livelihood Development Programmes Officer (on maternity leave)
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    Maria Gonzalez

    Income and Finance Support Manager
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    Mark Weegmann

    Humanitarian Programmes Officer
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    Michelle Henley

    Supporter Development Manager
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    Michelle Mitchell

    Head of Major Giving
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    Mireille Flores

    Humanitarian Programmes Manager
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    Monika Kosinska

    Finance Manager
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    Natalya Williams

    Programme Manager
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    Rebecca Ross

    Project and Finance Administrator; UK Refugees
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    Rebecca Singer

    Head of Communications and Community
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    Richard Budden

    Head of Individual Giving & Legacies
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    Sam Hamshere

    HR Advisor
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    Sam Pearl

    Head of Events
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    Sara Hussain

    Office Manager and PA to CEO
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    Simone Colp

    Trust Fundraiser
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    Sophia Vasiliou

    Young Leadership and Fundraising Manager
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    Tanya Freedman

    Digital Communications Manager
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    Vicki Russell

    Events Manager