Co-chaired by Trevor Pears and Michael Wegier, the Executive Committee is responsible for the remit and terms of reference of theUK Task Force coalition. Its membership comprises a representative of: The Board of Deputies of British Jews, New Israel Fund UK, Pears Foundation, the UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives and United Jewish Israel Appeal.
- Trevor Pears CMG (Executive Chair, Pears Foundation)
- Michael Wegier (Chief Executive, UJIA)
- Amy Braier (Director, Pears Foundation)
- Bob Niven CBE (Board Member, The UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives)
- Adam Ognall (Executive Director, New Israel Fund UK)
- Philip Rosenberg (Director of Public Affairs, Board of Deputies of British Jews)
- Dr Roy Graham (Director of Programme and Planning, UJIA)
Director, Pears Foundation
Amy has played a leading role at Pears Foundation since 2007 and became Director in 2012. She works closely with Trevor Pears and family to help them achieve their philanthropic vision and build the Foundation as an institution, advising on strategy, directing operations and overseeing a varied portfolio of programmes and grants. Amy has been instrumental in building the Foundation’s professional infrastructure and has worked with organisations and chief executives across the voluntary sector from grass-roots start-ups to major universities and large charities, building strong relationships and helping them to make a real impact.
She has a professional background in policy and public affairs at the Parliamentary Committee against Antisemitism and the Greater London Authority. She has a been a trustee of Limmud and, more recently, Holocaust Memorial Day and currently chairs the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s Expert Reference Group.
Board Member, UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives
From 2010-12 Bob was resident adviser to the new Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Israel, attached to the Ministry for the Economy, under a two-year EU-supported capacity-building project. He is currently adviser to Alfanar, a major private-public initiative to boost Arab employment and skills there, financed by the Ministry, the Joint and Yad Hanadiv. He is a Board member at the Abraham Fund UK and a member of the Executive Committee at the UK Task Force. He is also Trustee at the Equal Rights Trust, Deputy Chair at Action on Disability in Development and a Non-Executive Director at the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Hospitals Trust.
Previously, in a civil service career focusing largely on employment, skills and training, Bob also held senior posts in the UK’s Cabinet Secretariat and Representation to the EU in Brussels. His final civil service post was as Director of equal opportunities legislation and policy (gender, race in employment and education, and disability) in the then Department for Education and Employment. From 2000-07 he was Chief Executive of the Disability Rights Commission before retirement.
Executive Director, New Israel Fund UK
Adam became Chief Executive of New Israel Fund UK in January 2011. He joins with considerable experience in the charity and not for profit sector both in the UK and Israel. Most recently as deputy CEO of UKSIF – the sustainable investment and finance association and spent several years at the Charity Commission.
He has been involved in Jewish youth leadership, including as Mazkir of Habonim Dror and as co-Chair of the Zionist Youth Council. When living in Israel, Adam worked on coexistence issues and with Jewish students. A graduate of both Oxford and LSE, he currently chairs Restore, a North London charity that works with people in need.
Trevor Pears CMG
Executive Chair, Pears Foundation
Along with his brothers Mark and David, Trevor established Pears Foundation, an independent family foundation rooted in Jewish values, with a focus on engagement, understanding and wellbeing. Their purpose was to apply some of the resources of their family’s property company, the William Pears Group, to fund organisations and projects working to deliver progress on key issues affecting the wellbeing of people in the UK and all over the world. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2011 for services to the community and to UK-Israel relations. He has been awarded Fellowships of University College London and Birkbeck, University of London and an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in recognition of his outstanding commitment to social justice.
Chief Executive, UJIA
Michael Wegier is Chief Executive of UJIA, a position he has held since September 2012. Michael has worked in Jewish education and community planning in the UK, Israel and the United States. Michael is a graduate of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows Programme, where his research focused on education and public policy. He also holds a Masters degree in Contemporary Jewry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Michael currently serves as co-chair of the Task Force and previously in Israel, was involved in a number of initiatives promoting shared citizenship among Israelis of all backgrounds. In a previous role at UJIA as Director of Programme and Planning, Michael helped formulate the UJIA’s Galil strategy including a number of initiatives among the Arab communities.
Director of Public Affairs, Board of Deputies of British Jews
Phil Rosenberg is Director of Public Affairs at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the representative body of the UK Jewish community. Previously, he served as Projects Manager for Interfaith Relations and Social Action at the Board of Deputies. More recently, Phil was Director of both the Faiths Forum for London and of the Fayre Share Foundation. He has also worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence. Phil is a Trustee of the West Hampstead Community Centre, and is active on local issues. At university, he studied Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic.
Dr Roy Graham
Director of Programme and Planning, UJIA
Roy became the UJIA Director of Programme and Planning at the UJIA in December 2013. UJIA engages young British Jews in a lifelong love of Israel as a key element in their Jewish identity; it also enables young Israelis in the Galil to maximise their educational and professional potential through targeted interventions in schools, colleges and community initiatives.
Prior to that, he spent three years as the Director of Strategy at the JW3 Jewish Community Centre through to its successful opening. He has also held previous positions in Informal Jewish-Israel Education and Community Development both in the UK and Israel, and have lectured on Contemporary British Jewry, Jewish Youth in the UK, various aspects of Israel, and the Jewish Experience of the Modern Era. He has studied Law, Modern Middle Eastern History and Jewish Community Education and Development.