EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee are volunteers who actively support our fundraising and resourcing:

David Kyte (Chairman) is a veteran City trader and founded Kyte Investments Limited.  He is now an entrepreneur and founder of the Kyte Charitable Trust. Lee Portnoi built a highly successful financial services company and is now an entrepreneur and active philanthropist.  He founded the family foundation, The Haber Trust which supports a wide range of causes.
Joe Tager comes a family long associated with philanthropy and research, in the area of special needs.  Joe started his career at Price WaterhouseCoopers in business restructuring, leaving after 4 years to pursue a more entrepreneurial role.  Since 2010 he has been working with the leading entrepreneur and investor Luke Johnson, pursuing and supervising investments primarily within the leisure and hospitality sectors.  He brings a wealth of business acumen, together with an in-depth empathy and understanding of the needs of children with SEN. Chantal Sweeney had a highly successful career in the music and fashion industries until she became a mother of two. Her youngest son developed autism related to a brain injury, over the years Chantal has travelled extensively to the United States where she has explored many therapies and treatments for her son.  Chantal brings her personal experience and passion for Special Needs to the Gesher Team and is an advocate of early intervention.
Hayley Ronson is a qualified teacher and therapist, involved in teaching for over 20 years.  She is a Trustee of the Michael Palin Centre (Action for Stammering Children).  She is an Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism and has lobbied government extensively for the rights of children with autism.  Hayley is an active Trustee of the Gerald Ronson Foundation. Michael Weinstein was joint Managing Director of his family’s former jewellery business, Ernest Jones Plc.  He has subsequently been involved in the property investment business.  David has been heavily involved in the North West London Jewish Day School, a former pupil, Joint-Treasurer Trustee and School Governor, and is also Trustee of the Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School.
Ali Durban Ali has an extensive career in Marketing and PR spanning 20 years including Head of Communications at The Southover Partnership – a multi faceted special needs organisation that encompasses four special schools. Ali has three children, one of whom is dyslexic, dyspraxic, and has auto processing challenges – conventional mainstream primary education was a huge struggle, however this journey led her to co-found Gesher alongside Sarah Sultman. Ali is a passionate advocate of both early intervention and inclusion. Sarah Sultman Sarah Sultman formerly trained as a fund manager in the city where she worked for 10 years. After leaving she founded her own art company, and art consultancy. Sarah is very active in her local community and was instrumental in raising over £3 million to rebuild the Mill Hill Synagogue community centre. She is a mother of three, one of whom has a diagnosis of atypical autism, dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder.