Gesher’s Trustees have overall legal and financial responsibility for the charity:
Ali Durban (Co-Founder) was Head of Communications at The Southover Partnership, a multi-faceted special needs organisation that encompasses four special schools. Ali is a mother of three, one of whom has a statement of dyslexia, dyspraxia, and auto processing problems.
Michael Kutner retired from legal firm HowardKennedyFSI in the West End of London in 2013, where he was a partner specialising in property development. Michael has acted on the acquisition and development of town centres and airport hotels,office blocks,industrial warehouses as well as retail development, and was also heavily involved in the education sector where he dealt with acquisition and development in both the Further and Higher Educational sectors. Since retirement Michael has joined the board of trustees of First Rung, a charity which provides education to young people,most of whom come from economically deprived backgrounds and have left school with poor qualifications and opportunities. He also assists another charity by sitting on its welfare committee which provides grants to impoverished university students and is a mentor at an academy school.
Sarah Sultman (Co-Founder) trained as a fund manager in the city where she worked for 10 years. After leaving she founded her own art company and consultancy. Sarah was instrumental in raising over £3m 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.
Joseph Tager started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leaving to pursue a more entrepreneurial route. Since 2010 he has been working with the leading investor and entrepreneur Luke Johnson, pursuing and supervising investments primarily in the leisure and hospitality space. He brings a wealth of business acumen, together with an in-depth empathy and understanding of the needs of SEN children.
Howard Zetter practised as a solicitor for more than 40 years prior to his retirement in April 2011. He was a partner in the firm Finers Stephens Innocent and he specialised in commercial litigation representing numerous ‘household name’ companies. Part of his practise was in the education sector, acting for insurers of many universities around the country. During his career he also spent time as a Managing Partner and as Head of a large Litigation Department. After his retirement he was instrumental in setting up a charity with the object of raising money from the older generation via the donation of their the Winter Fuel Allowance in order help disadvantaged youngsters. During the course of this project Howard worked closely with the The Prince’s Trust.