The People behind Tzedek

Everything we do is for, and about, people. Our trustees, staff, sponsors and partners are the people leading at the front in our work.

Trustees  Staff  Partners 


Jonathan Middleburgh, Chair of Trustees, is a Barrister by training and first career.  He retrained as an occupational psychologist and his day job consists of coaching and developing individuals and teams, focusing on leadership development.  He got involved with Tzedek as a result of seeing its work on the ground in Northern Ghana and feels passionate about Tzedek’s international development work and its role in inspiring the UK Jewish Community to engage constructively with the challenges of international development. 


Jonny Persey, was Chair of Trustees from 2013 to 2017, an appointment which marks his return to Tzedek some twenty years after he was first involved in the charity. Jonny is a film producer and Chief Executive of Met Film. He says: “Tzedek is a place where values, words, and deeds sit together side by side, all pushing in the same direction. By remembering these issues to ourselves and others, we can in turn multiply the impact of our action.”



Paul Joseph is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology group of an international law firm. He advises on IP and technology transactions and disputes. Paul brings legal expertise to the Tzedek Board and more importantly (at least for him) an enthusiasm for Tzedek's mission of directing Jewish education and communities towards tackling global poverty.



Debbie Cowen is an active member of her community, initiating and running new activities for children and teenagers. She is especially interested in engaging teenagers with volunteering and giving back to society. She is excited to be part of Tzedek because of its commitment to education and its core Jewish values which empower and help the most needy.





Frances Khalastchi brings to the Tzedek board professional skills in marketing, communications and fundraising. For Frances, "Tzedek encapsulates the best part of many faith groups - channelling community activity and energy for the greater good.” Frances has also enjoyed participating in a number of sporting fundraisers for Tzedek




Katie Wiseman works for the UK Department for International development as a Governance Advisor. She's worked in international development for nearly two decades, mostly living and working in East Africa and South Asia. She's passionate about initiatives that facilitate locally-led change, bringing people together to problem solve, negotiate and find solutions.   Having returned to the UK she's excited about joining Tzedek as a Trustee and contributing to its unique vision of an active Jewish community engaged in the fight to end extreme poverty. 

Gila Sacks works in government and has held policy roles in No.10, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, and Education and Business Departments. She has a background in voluntary sector strategy and in Jewish education. Gila says: Tzedek has a key role to play in educating, enabling and inspiring people to understand their potential to make a difference and act upon their responsibility to make a difference.



Hirsh Cashdan joined Tzedek as a volunteer member of the Overseas Project Team (OPT) in 2009 and has been Chair of the team since Nov 2010. He brings a passion for development with skills and experience in project management to help ensure Tzedek selects the best projects to fund and supports them actively through the lifecycle of their grant. Hirsh says "It is great to be involved with a thoroughly Jewish organisation that focuses attention on the world outside the Jewish community".



Robert-StoneDr Robert Stone is a political economist who has worked in international development for 40 years. He says: "I love the idea of working with a committed and dynamic team who bring Jewish values to bear on the task of fighting world poverty, through a combination of innovative work in the field and an effective education programme at home."



Susannah Finch joined Tzedek as Treasurer in 2009. Susannah says: Tzedek is a small but beautifully formed organisation. The different strands of our work all feed into and support each other. It is also important to me that it is not an insular organisation, but looks beyond the Jewish community and out into the world.




ilana-leverIlana Lever works in Strategy for Itsu, having started her career as a management consultant. She has a passion for the intersection between international development and the corporate world, where businesses build social impact into their core operations and third sector organisations operate with the efficiency of the commercial world.




Nik Kafka is the founder and CEO of an award-winning international development charity focused on enterprise & skills education for young people. He says, “Tzedek represents such an exciting opportunity to harness the energy and expertise of the Jewish community towards tackling the injustice of global poverty – it’s a privilege to be part of this collective effort.”






Jude - website - 160x160Jude Williams, Chief Executive
Jude is responsible for the overall running of the organisation and involved in all aspects of Tzedek's work. Jude says 'Tzedek is unique in allowing the Jewish community to make its contribution to alleviate suffering. It's important for me to know we are making that contribution as individuals and as a community.'



Picture-Maureen-Kendler-websiteMaureen Kendler, Education Consultant

Maureen is a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies and a long-time educator in the Jewish community. She has degrees in literature and Jewish education  and  writes and  broadcasts. Maureen  is proud to have been involved with Limmud since the beginning and has presented at Limmud events around the world.  She teaches texts, ancient and modern, preferably at the same time. She is excited to engage with the message and values of Tzedek.




Picture - Orly Goldschmidt


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JHub inspires and supports positive social change in the British Jewish Community and beyond. JHub brings together people and organisations who share a commitment to Jewish values and social justice. JHub was the incubation home to Tzedek from 2008-2012 and continues to be a hub for ideas and networking fr Tzedek.

Pears Foundation aim to create meaningful social change, increase respect and understanding and inspire people to support their communities and the causes they care about. Tzedek has been genrously supported by Pears Foundation.

First Wealth is an award winning wealth management organisation offering innovative and intelligent planning. First Wealth is Tzedek's first corporate sponsor, and we are enjoying sharing learning and events together.



OLAM is a collaborative venture and shared platform to promote global Jewish service and international development.



Jewish Volunteering Network works across the community and throughout the UK with individuals and organisations promoting volunteering and volunteer opportunities. Tzedek is a member and supported by JVN.


Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services. Tzedek is an active member.