Shraga Zaltzman – CEO
Shraga holds a BA in technology, marketing and management from the Jerusalem College of Technology and an MBA from Bar Ilan University. He brings a wealth of commercial experience to Work Avenue, with previous roles including Business Development Manager for a highly successful multi-national distributor of telecommunications and fast-moving consumer goods.
Debbie Sheldon – Head of Operations
Having been at the organisation since its inception, Debbie is responsible for the coordination and integration of all the divisions within Work Avenue. As a business adviser, Debbie has substantial experience in guiding new startups and advising entrepreneurs. A qualified teacher, Debbie graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in Education and Computing.
Emma May – Head of Employment
Emma heads the employment division, having worked as a jobs’ coach and outplacement consultant for a number of years. A law graduate from Manchester University, she has a background in HR management and psychometric assessment and has held roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors.
Yael Solomons – Job Placement Manager
Yael is Work Avenue’s employment placement manager. She manages job placements, both permanent and temporary, including the summer placement programme, and runs regular seminars and workshops for the employment division. Yael holds a law degree from UCL and since graduating has worked in various roles in the non-profit sector, before joining Work Avenue in 2011.
Yael Schlagman – Projects Manager
Yael is Work Avenue’s Projects Manager and is responsible for multiple employment and business programmes that run throughout the year. Trained as a dental nurse, Yael has several years’ experience in working with a range of database and CRM systems, in addition to great administrative and organisation skills.
Sarah Prijs – Receptionist
Sarah is Work Avenue’s receptionist and the first point of contact for clients. Having spent a year on the Neve Yerushalayim campus and worked as a counsellor and office assistant for a seminary in Israel, Sarah has lots of experience working with people and excellent communication and administrative skills.
Mark began his career as a chartered surveyor at Jones Lang LaSalle where he was a European Director in charge of Private Client Real Estate. In 2002, together with Maurice Golker, he set up property investment company Investream Limited. BSC (Hons) MRICS.
As Chairman of Work Avenue, Mark dedicates significant amounts of time to the organisation, in addition to assisting various other charities in London and Israel.
Maurice Golker is responsible for overseas investment and a senior consultant at Investream. He previously was a director heading overall investment and asset management. He was formerly National Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, focusing on investment transactions for Private Client Real Estate. BSc (Hons) MRICS.
Maurice and his family live in Israel and he devotes significant time to Work Avenueas well as various other charities in London and Israel.
A qualified lawyer, Paul began his career in 1992 with Clifford Chance, London before moving to Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in 1997 and currently manages Investment Portfolios for his diverse Client base. A law graduate, he also holds a Masters in Economics and International Relations and a C.E.S.C.E in EU Law. Paul is Chairman of a paediatric pharmaceutical company, a Managing Partner of an Israeli Venture Capital Fund and Trustee of Nefesh b’Nefesh UK.
Richard has built a successful property investment and development business whilst devoting much time to communal and charitable causes. He has served on the boards of many charities including Jewish Care and the Michael Palin Centre as well as having close ties with The Camden Roundhouse and the National Autistic Society. Richard has been very involved with many local schools and synagogues in the capacity of governor, board member and elder. His Israeli involvements include AWIS, Bar Ilan university and the “Children at risk” organisation.
Lisa joined Heron International in 1999 as Commercial Director. She graduated from UMIST with a BSc Hons in Management Sciences and went on to spend eight years at BZW Investment Bank in London and New York, specialising in South East Asian equity sales covering UK, European and US financial institutions.
Lisa also gives her time to a number of other charitable and community activities, including being a trustee for the Community Security Trust, the Gerald Ronson Foundation, the Development Board of the Natural History Museum, JW3, a North London Jewish Community Centre, and Work Avenue.
In 2015 Lisa received from the University of Manchester an Outstanding Alumni Award.
Peter Sheldon OBE
Peter is a qualified chartered accountant with and has held senior positions in a wide range of companies. His long involvement in the voluntary sector includes several years both as chairman of Kerem Schools and president of the United Synagogue.. He was made an OBE in the 2010 New Years’ Honours for his services to the Jewish Community.