Board Members and Staff
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.
Vice-President: Howard Singerman
A retired solicitor who specialised in civil law, Howard was formerly the senior partner of Walker Laird, Paisley. He has been on the Board of GJRC for several years, having previously served as Treasurer. Howard has assisted GJRC re matters involving charity law and education law. He carried out the successful conversion of GJRC into a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. He provided advice re the move of Calderwood Lodge Primary School to new premises and re GJRC being accepted as the appropriate body to be consulted when new teachers are appointed.
Howard is a founder member and trustee of the Gathering the Voices Association, which has on its website (www.gatheringthevoices.com) over 50 audio and video testimonies from Holocaust refugees who settled in Scotland, including an interview with Howard’s mother, who was an Auschwitz survivor. Howard is very active in Holocaust education, having given many talks at schools about his mother, and about his father who came to the UK from Berlin on the Kindertransport.
Howard has also been involved in the creation of the new Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre (SJHC) situated at Garnethill Synagogue and is a trustee of SJHC. He is also a trustee of the Federation of Writers (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.
I have lived in Glasgow for six years, having previously lived in South Ayrshire where my two now grown up children were raised. I moved with my family from England in 1997. About a year after moving to Glasgow, I found and joined Garnethill Synagogue (or perhaps it found me) and within a matter of weeks I stumbled on the wonderful community of the Glasgow Friends of Israel, both now important parts of my life. These have provided me with the community that I had not been fortunate to have previously.
I work as an administrator for NHS Scotland, usually based in the centre of Glasgow but now working from home. I am also a qualified counsellor/cognitive behavioural therapist as well as a Havening Techniques® Practitioner with a private practice. I am passionate about genealogy and researching my Dutch Jewish roots and I consider myself a lifelong learner – I love to study!
Ziv Dotan obtained degrees with distinction from the University of Glasgow and from Glasgow Caledonian University. He has 20 years’ experience in Supply Chain and IT Re-engineering and is currently self-employed.
Ziv has been involved in the community since arriving in Scotland from Israel in 1997. He was a member of the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council for many years and has been active in the Rep Council for several years.
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.
Sharon Schlesinger was born in Manchester where she qualified as a primary school teacher and spent the first 15 years of married life in London. She and her husband arrived in Glasgow in 1989 with their two daughters. She taught until her retirement around 10 years ago.
She has always volunteered in multi-cultural or multi-faith organisations and is Secretary of the West of Scotland Regional Equalities Council. She is a founder member of the Scottish Jewish Teachers Association and was on the Rep Council for many years. After some years’ gap, she became a member of the Board in 2019.
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.
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: Evy Yedd
Evy Yedd has held the position of administrator of GJRC for 2.5 years. She was Rep Council Co-President from 2016 – 2019. Her father Arthur Lawson is also a Past President. She has professional qualifications in secretarial studies and Childcare and Playwork. She worked in Calderwood Lodge Primary School as Administrator, Pupil Support Assistant and school first aider from 2004 – 2019.
Evy enjoys being a Guide leader. She gained a leadership qualification from Girl Guiding UK as Guide and Brownie Leader and continues to lead 5th Giffnock Guides. She was elected Chief Guide for East Renfrewshire from 2010 – 2015. She was a leader at the Crosshouse Hospital Guide and Scout Group and worked as a volunteer for Girl Guiding Scotland Archives. Evy recently qualified as a trainer for Girl Guiding UK to support leaders throughout UK.
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).