Founder & Chair of Trustees
Motivated by Covid to collect goods from her neighbourhoods for a local food bank, Naomi was completely overwhelmed by the generosity of her local communities.
A few collections later, she was joined by Co-Founder Jo Rosenblatt, and encouraged by huge local support, Food Bank Aid was born. Both were recently recognised at the Jewish Care Women of Distinction Awards.
Having trained in printed textile design at the Glasgow School of Art, Naomi spent her early career working in sales within the textile industry across Europe.
Whilst raising her Family, she managed a law practice before returning to sales and marketing which took her to live in Bangkok.
Drawing on her relationship building and organisational skills, Naomi has worked tirelessly to grow the Food Bank Aid family, including her network of food bank managers.
Naomi also served on the Management Board of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue.
Chris is a partner at Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm, and was previously a partner at a Big 4 accounting firm. He is a qualified accountant, and joined Food Bank Aid as Treasurer in July 2023.
Chris lives in north London with his wife and three children. Outside of work, he enjoys all sports, especially football.
Before becoming a Trustee, Jonathan became an Advisor to Food Bank Aid in April 2022, having been inspired by Naomi and then volunteering to do many FBA shopping trips with his family.
Jonathan works for McKinsey as a management consultant, leading the social, healthcare and public sector teams in Europe, and is also a member of the European Leadership team, and a Director of McKinsey Development Partners.
Outside his client work, Jonathan publishes research on economic growth and development, and modernising government in collaboration with the McKinsey Global Institute and leading academics. In a voluntary capacity, he set up Clinic Africa and supports Grief Encounter and World Jewish Relief and now Food Bank Aid.
Martin became a Trustee of FBA in January 2022, having been a volunteer driver for several months. With a degree in Economics from Cambridge, he has spent more than four decades working in many different roles within the media, marketing and communications industries.
He wrote for Monty Python, the Two Ronnies and David Jason, was a founding partner of the ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, became CEO of Grey Worldwide, spent several years helping small creative businesses to develop, is a Lay Member of the Institute of Cancer Research and for two years was the ICR’s Head of Public Affairs.
In recent years, he co-founded Axim Global, a company that attempts to bridge the increasingly colliding worlds of marketing and technology.
Jo Sheehan joined as a volunteer in 2020 and became Treasurer and Trustee in June 2021. She is a qualified accountant and spent much of her career working for NHS Trusts as a Director of Finance and Planning.
Jo’s last roles before retiring from the NHS were at the London Region leading the finance work redesigning services for Trauma and Stroke Services, and then as Director of Finance of Highly Specialised Services.
She was a trustee of the Harington Scheme for 16 years. Now retired, Jo supports young children at a local school and is actively involved in local organisations, including event organising at Highgate Newtown Community Centre.
Rochelle has become a trustee to Food Bank Aid, inspired by Naomi and the team and the amazing work they deliver.
Rochelle has founded and successfully exited several businesses. She has C-suite experience with a background in finance, real estate and tech.
Currently she holds 2 NED roles and serves as a mentor to a female founder. She collaborates with Be the Business and ORT and supports Save the children and Chai cancer care. She served as a trustee for Jewish Women’s Aid and volunteered at the Soup Kitchen London for many years.
Rochelle is married with 3 adult children and 3 dogs.
Ola joined Food Bank Aid as a Trustee in January 2022, having volunteered with the organisation since April 2020.
She brings a background in Not-for-Profit finance and risk management to the Board. Her time as Finance Director at Retail Trust for 3 years, and now as Head of Finance, Risk and Corporate Services at the Lending Standards Board mean that she delivers valuable insight into NFP operations and risk management, contributing to a strong governance framework at Food Bank Aid.
Kalbir is the Product Director for Infrastructure at Spotify. As a technical product leader he has worked across product management, engineering management and consulting. He has worked with multiple organisations globally to analyse and implement cloud strategy, and design and implement cloud based systems. He has led development teams, built a software delivery organisation with hundreds of developers, and designed a security first cloud strategy for a major UK government department.
He loves technology to solve important problems and on building teams that are motivated and excited to crack those problems.
He also has two young children who keep him busy. When not with the kids or thinking about infrastructure you’ll find him in the garden or reading poetry ideally with a glass of wine.
Ishraq Bhatti became a FBA trustee in March 2022. Ishraq has had an extensive relationship management career in the telecommunications industry with the likes of Orange/EE, Microsoft and the GSMA, but helping others has always been close to his heart and that of his children’s hearts.
Having been responsible for a ‘homeless outreach’ program in conjunction with Palmers Green Mosque for a number of years, Ishraq continued in this sector to become one of the founders of Bounds Green Food bank, with the main responsibility of the sourcing of food in to the food bank.
BGFB was setup in June 2020 initially as temporary solution assist the local community but has now grown unfortunately to become one of the prominent food banks in London borough of Harringey offering ‘advice & support’ as well as numerous mini projects to assist those struggling in the community.
Ishraq is currently also a consultant with Human Appeal and HANDS International working on UK and international projects to assist those in need.
Charlotte has been volunteering at Food Bank Aid since October 2020, and became a Trustee three years later.
Starting off as a volunteer driver, Charlotte has worn many different hats at Food Bank Aid always helping the charity boost donations whether it be inspiring her neighbourhood to organise street collections, developing our schools programme which now includes over 90 schools across North London, or playing a key role in our fundraising campaigns.
Charlotte has been committed to Food Bank Aid from the beginning, and is passionate about making sure the food banks are fed and able to help those that really need it.
Originally from Lockerbie, Charlotte lives in North London with her husband and two children. Her background is marketing having worked in professional services. She brings a wealth of experience and lots of energy to the Board of Trustees.
Charlotte was nominated for the Haringey Womens Award – ‘Unsung Heroes’ in March 2021 for her voluntary work in the community.
We are indebted to our dedicated management team who drive our projects, develop initiatives, raise funds and support our volunteers.
Ian has spent most of his career working in charities, most recently as the senior fundraising manager at Chai Cancer Care. He has also held senior positions at University Jewish Chaplaincy and British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem. Ian’s sole venture outside of the charity sector was as a manager for a company supplying food to the UK supermarkets.
Outside of work, Ian was founding Chair of the steering committee that led to the establishment of a new local primary school which opened in 2008. He was its inaugural Chair of Governors and remains a trustee of the school. Ian has also held a number of leadership roles within his local synagogue.
He is passionate about the third sector and all it does to improve individual lives, communities and society as a whole which is why he is so thrilled to be a part of the Food Bank Aid family.
He is married to Angela and they have three sons, Jay, Charlie and Abe and a house rabbit called Rosie.
Zoe joined Food Bank Aid as Volunteer Co-ordinator. She is responsible for on-boarding new volunteers and to ensure their experience is positive, welcoming and they are happy to return.
Zoe loves to travel, obsessed with her cat called Mimi and has a passion for interior design, continuously finding excuses to redecorate her home.
Marcus has been involved with Food Bank Aid since 2020. He started as a volunteer driver, and because of his experience, was quickly recruited to become Food Banks Aid first employee – General Manager of the hub.
Marcus has extensive retail and logistics experience having worked for 14 years at Tesco and 8 years with M&S Franchises across the country.
He has 2 boys, George who is 8 and Myran who is 29. Marcus’s wife Anna is the manager of Finchley Foodbank N2. Marcus lives at home with his son, wife and 7 Giant African Land Snails at home (2 adults and 5 juniors!). When he is not at Food Bank Aid or caring for his extended family he enjoys cycling and has done Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Belgium.
Database & Fundraising Coordinator
In August 2020, after a 30 year career in market research, it was time for a change. Having started in the data processing department, programming survey scripts for studies administered to the public, and producing the data tabulations from those surveys, I progressed via different managerial roles, providing expertise, advice and operations consultancy across Kantar UK.
It was time to seek new and different opportunities. I worked on the COVID Infection study for the ONS visiting people at home to take a saliva swab and blood sample, then as an exam invigilator at QEGirls in Barnet, and a short-lived return to market research.
In April 2022 I dropped in at the Food Bank Aid hub in North Finchley, met Marcus, and asked how I could help. I am packing and sorting Tuesday mornings with Julie and the fantastic team and working part-time keeping the FBA database updated and accurate, as well as producing reports to assist with fundraising, and communications.
I moved to North London in 2017 from sunny Tooting Broadway (South London) to live with my long-term partner and her children. I enjoy reading especially Maigret by Simenon and Maggie O’Farrell.
Business Support Manager
Richard joined in October 2022 to support us in the hub and with business administration. He is an experienced entrepreneur having run his own multi award winning printing business in the City for almost 35 years.
He is passionate about working in the third sector and during the two Covid-19 lockdowns helped run the logistics of a community-based charity that cooked, packed and delivered over 160,000 meals, sandwiches and snacks to frontline doctors, nurses and ambulance staff. Richard is also a trustee and is very active in another charity that supports children and young people moving in and around the foster care system.
Outside the hub, his passion is motorcycling, and he has ridden all over the world. Richard loves spending time with his family including his pet chameleon George!
Our volunteers are Food Bank Aid’s superpower. We are forever thankful for our incredible team of 300+ volunteers whose hard work, dedication and enthusiastic support week in week out enables us to do what we do.