Board Members and Staff


President: Timothy Lovat

Timothy has spent most of his career as a property entrepreneur and is currently the Managing Director of his family firm, Edzell Property Management, which he runs in conjunction with his brother Robin.
He is married to Claire and they have two children. Despite focusing on maintaining a good work-life balance, Timothy is able to devote considerable energy to good causes within the community and beyond.
He is perhaps best-known for his charitable and voluntary work. Among the many causes he supports are Norwood London where he is a patron and a member of the Chairman’s Circle Board. He is a patron of Jewish Blind and Disabled, a trustee of Cosgrove Care, a trustee of Netherlee & Clarkston Charitable Trust and a Member of the capital appeals committee for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
Previously he was the Chair of Calderwood Lodge Parent Council, President of The Property Managers Association Scotland, Vice-Chair of Manchester Metropolitan University Jewish Society, the recipient of ‘Golden Eagle Award’ Cleveland Marriott and the Master of Lodge Montefiore number 753.

Vice-President: Nicola Livingston

Nicola studied Psychology and Social Economics, followed by a Diploma in Community Education, She has worked with Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow City Council Social Work departments, both in direct service provision and in Commissioning and Contract Management of new services for people with disabilities. She worked for the Glasgow Homelessness Partnership on a ground-breaking programme which saw the decommissioning of the large homeless hostels in Glasgow and the development of an extensive range of more appropriate housing and support services. Her particular area of work involved services for young adults with complex needs. She has been involved with Cosgrove Care in both professional and voluntary capacities for more than 15 years, and is currently a member of the Board of Management and chairs the Professional Advisory Group. She is chairman of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, a past GRJC co-President and has had a long involvement with Jewish Student Chaplaincy and is a former chair of Jewish Student Chaplaincy Scotland.

Hon Secretary: Micheline Brannan

A Hutchie girl and Oxford graduate, Micheline has lived most of her life in Edinburgh. After 30 years as a civil servant she retrained as a nurse and worked for a further four years in the NHS.  Leaving the NHS owing to arthritis, she started a third career as Scotland Regional Fundraiser for UJIA.

For the last 44 years, Micheline has served the Jewish community in Scotland in many, varied roles.  The highlight was her four years Scottish Council of Jewish Communities Chair from 2016 to 2020 when she met the First Minister several times and committed to bringing SCoJeC into a closer working relationship with the Representative Council.  Micheline has served on the Council since 2019 and is dedicated to the smooth working and good governance of GJRC.  Micheline moved to Glasgow in 2017 to look after her mother Halina, who sadly passed away in March 2021.  She is a member of Giffnock Shul and also retains membership of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation.

Treasurer: Barry Berlow-Jackson

Barry has been keenly involved in the community since university where he was chair of the J-Soc (Jewish Student Society) and was also treasurer of Northern Region UJS.  He worked for SCoJeC as a Public Affairs officer and then for Victim Support Scotland before returning to university as a mature student, since when he has practiced as a solicitor.

He is a smallholder, living on a farm with his wife and children (and a number of animals) .  He is a member of Calderwood Lodge Parent Council, which he chaired from 2018 to 2020 and is also a Community Councillor, and is acting chair of his local Community Council. 

Immediate Past President: Paul Edlin

Before his election as Rep Council President, Paul Edlin was a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews since 1992. He held senior office as a vice-president from 2006-20012.  He previously served on their Executive committee, a position he still holds and divisional Boards.  As vice-president he was in charge of community affairs for one term and international affairs for his second term of office. He is the current BOD Regional Council Chairman.

From 1996 to 2011 Paul was one of two British directors of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) elected by the BOD. During his time in holding that office he did much to change their working practices.  He is a retired dentist and an active member of Garnethill Synagogue.


Gregory Barnett

Daniel Clapham

I am returning to the GJRC Board, having been a Vice-President for six years, from 2010 to 2016. I had previously served as both the Honorary Treasurer and the Honorary Secretary, although not at the same time. One of my highlights came in 2014, when I chaired the Representative Council’s Centenary Celebrations Committee

I was one of the original eight community members who instigated the organisation that is now called the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and served as its Treasurer for five years

Away from the Jewish Community, I was a volunteer Board Member of the Arklet Housing Association until its Transfer of Engagement to a much larger Housing Association.

Gary Cohen

Henry Lovat

Henry Lovat is a Lecturer in International Law and Politics at the University of Glasgow.

He is the current Calderwood Lodge Parent Council Chairman and has been a Rep Council Board member for several years and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities Council member.

Jackie Sevitt

Jackie graduated in Law from Strathclyde University. Over a lengthy career, she has worked in both the private and the public sectors. There is a strong ethic of being involved in Jewish communal life, supporting Israel and volunteering, going back many decades in her family. This includes attending and volunteering at Scottish Day Limmuds since 2012, and being  a deputy on the Board of Deputies since 2020.

Having recently retired, Jackie has more time for her hobbies of writing fiction, keep fit and travelling.

Susan Siegel

Dr Susan Siegel has a Doctorate in Business Management. Prior to retirement, she was a Senior Operations and Project Manager for multi-national banking and manufacturing corporations.  She has been a member of the Oversight Committee of the NHS Scotland Screening Panel as well as an adjudicator for the Scottish Infected Blood Scheme. 

She is currently the Chairman of Garnethill Hebrew Congregation and the Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust. Having a special interest in Interfaith work and diversity, she is on the Board of Interfaith Scotland and the Vice-Chair of Interfaith International.

Claire Singerman

Sammy Stein

Sammy Stein has been a member of the Rep Council for three years. He is an active member of the community and has been the chairperson of Glasgow Friends of Israel since 2016.

During the Covid-19 crisis, Sammy and his wife Vicci were involved with Pulling Together, a group of volunteers that assisted members of the community with shopping and befriending. They have also recently spearheaded a major appeal for items to support Afghan Refugees coming to Scotland.

Sammy was born in Israel and came to Glasgow in 1957. In 1969 he returned to Israel and served for five years in the IDF before coming back to Glasgow. He has two daughters and two grandchildren in Glasgow.


Administrator: Stacey Devlin

Communications Manager: Sharon Mail

Sharon Mail has a BA in Business Studies from Strathclyde University. She worked in the financial sector for 19 years before becoming the Jewish Telegraph Scotland Correspondent in 2006, a role she fulfilled for 13 years. She has been a project worker for both the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and the Rep Council, for whom she was responsible for the set up and population of the current website. She was an Association of Jewish Refugees My Story project Regional Coordinator from May 2019 until July, 2020 when the project was cancelled due to COVID. She returned to the Rep Council in March, 2021.

Sharon has a daughter and a dog and was a member of the Glasgow Jewish Choral Society for 37 years.  Her main interest is writing and she is a former Scottish Association of Writers Council member. She is the author of “We Could Possibly Comment – Ian Richardson Remembered” (published 2009).

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