“It’s the two halves that make me whole” – David Ereira
For nearly 30 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 – 1991 to present
Honorary Life President
As David steps down as chairman and trustee at Norwood, he has offered advice for the future to our charities, and hopes they will listen…
David currently holds the position of Vice President and Trustee of the Community. He is also Chair of the Building Committee, the Governance Committee and is currently undertaking a Welfare Review of its numerous welfare charities.
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.
David retired as Chairman of the Board in 2018 having completed his term of office. Prior to that he was Deputy Chairman for 10 years and served on its Operational Services and Mental Health taskforce committees.
David chaired the task force on behalf of the Schools Strategy Implementation Group (SSIG) and the JLC which scoped the SEND provision. The task force concluded with a conference for head teachers SEN Governors and SENCOs that was attended by a record 130 professionals.
Special Educational Advisor.
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.
David mentored a small group of students for 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.
Governor of King Solomon High School in Redbridge with responsibility for Special Educational Needs.
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.
Member of the BOD, advising the community on learning disabilities, child welfare, fostering and adoption.