“It’s the two halves that make me whole” – David Ereira
For over 25 years David Ereira has been resolutely committed to improving the community through a diverse range of charitable endeavours. David’s charitable and community résumé bears witness to an extraordinary level of dedication, vision and determination in an area of his life that is as integral to him as running and developing Ereira Mendoza.
David believes in the mentoring, development and involvement of young lay people in all aspects of community and charitable work, leading to fundraising that also provides a hands-on sustainable service. His knowledge and experience in community affairs, social and children’s services, special educational needs, services to the learning disabled and charitable fundraising is second to none, and is complemented by a thirst and ambition to deliver positive, long-lasting results to the community and society at large.
Charitable and community résumé – 1992 to present
David currently holds the position of Vice President and Trustee of the Community. He is also Chair of the Building Committee for the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation London, with responsibility for the communities’ property portfolio. Recently elected a member of the Governing Body of Elders.
Retired/Past Community and Charitable Posts
David joined Norwood in 1992 and founded the young lay structure known as Young Norwood, which today boasts one of the largest young professional lay networks with 2-3,000 active constituents within the British Jewish Community, raising over £750,000 per annum from a young generation.
In 1993 David became a member of the Trustee Board of Norwood and spearheaded the merger between Ravenswood Foundation and Norwood in 1998, which led to the creation of Norwood Ravenswood. Since then, as Trustee and currently Chairman of the Board, he grew the organisation organically and through mergers into one of the largest social welfare organisations within the community boasting an annual budget of £34M and supporting 7,000 people per year through its 1,200 staff and 800 volunteers.
His current focus is ensuring the delivery of its operations and fundraising endeavours. In addition, he acts as an advisor to its Chief Executive and Board of Directors, and chairs its Advisory Council.
David chaired the task force on behalf of the Schools Strategy Implementation Group (SSIG) and the JLC which recently completed a 3-yearly review on special educational needs provision on behalf of all Jewish faith-based schools in the UK.
Special Educational Advisor.
Member of the Advisory Board of Chabad Lubavitch and advises on community matters, PR and strategy, reporting directly to the Chief Executive and the Trustees.
Established three years ago, under the direction of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, David has been a member of this group, comprising community lay leaders and key professionals, whose scope includes the communities’ growth and direction over the next 20 years.
Currently one of 12 mentors that work and advise the current Adam Science programme – a group of potential future young lay leaders and volunteers and part of the Leadership Development Programme of the UJIA.
2006-2009 – Governor of King Solomon High School in Redbridge with responsibility for Special Educational Needs.
1997-2007 – independent member of the long term fostering and adoption panel. Through this work he achieved a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fostering and adoption worlds, both for national and inter-country adoption. During his tenure, he was also responsible for securing a governmental contract for Norwood to run the national adoption register on behalf of HM Government. This was an incredible achievement for a faith-based organisation.
2004–2008 – member of the BOD, advising the community on learning disabilities, child welfare, fostering and adoption.