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David Ereira

Community and charitable résumé
“It’s the two halves that make me whole” – David Ereira

For over  3 decades  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.

David has always been an advocate for inclusion across all sectors of disability and has championed his motto of “ Everyone has the right to reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives with independence and respect “

Charitable and community résumé – 1991 to present
Current positions held

NORWOOD

Honorary Life President

As David stepped down as Chairman of the board of Trustee in 2018 , he continues to advise and remains active in their operational services division as well as the Governance of the charity and Safeguarding and remains a member of the Advisory Council.
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SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE JEWS CONGREGATION

David currently holds the position of Vice President and Trustee of this historical Community established in London in 1657 . . He is also Chair of the Building Committee, the Governance Committee and is currently undertaking a Welfare Review of its numerous welfare charities. He recently oversaw the change of Governance and restructured the charity to conform to CC compliance.

DAVID TALKS ABOUT 30RS COMMUNAL SERVICE

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Retired/Past Community and Charitable Posts

BRIEF HISTORY
Young Norwood- Founder

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  nearly 3,500 active constituents, raising substantial sums in fundraising annually through a young Patrons campaign and events tailored to younger people. YN is also now the bedrock for the mentoring of the next generation of lay leaders/ volunteers  and fundraisers and David is often available to offer one to one mentoring in leadership development.

TRUSTEE BOARD

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. David was Chairman from 2013-18. During his chairmanship he grew the organisation through 9 mergers to create 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 also represented Norwood on the Jewish Leadership Council.

WINDSOR LEADERSHIP

David is an alumni of the Windsor Leadership programme.

SEN TASK FORCE GROUP (Part of SSIG – Schools Strategy Implementation Group) now known as PARTNERSHIP ASSOCIATION of JEWISH SCHOOLS
2009 to 2014

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.

PARTNERSHIP ASSOCIATION of JEWISH SCHOOLS
2009 to 2015

Special Educational Advisor.

NEW LEADERSHIP NETWORK
2009 to 2015

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.

ADAM SCIENCE FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

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.

KING SOLOMON HIGH SCHOOL
2006 to 2009

Governor of King Solomon High School in Redbridge with responsibility for Special Educational Needs ( SEND)

JEWISH ADOPTION PANEL
1997 to 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 and oversaw over 70 family placements across all faiths underlying the importance of interfaith inclusion by leading by example.

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 for a faith-based organisation.

BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH JEWRY
2004 to 2008

Member of the BOD, advising the community on learning disabilities, child welfare, fostering and adoption.

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