Board of Governors

Colin Datnow

Colin Datnow

Chairman

Colin is the first Group Chairman of the Chevrah Kadisha.  Following in the Datnow family tradition of community service, Colin joined the organisation in 1984. He became Vice Chairman in 1986 and Chairman in 1995. Colin was the founder of Brandcorp Holdings and served as its CEO from 1997 – 2016. His dedication to the community seems limitless.

Gary Herbert

Gary Herbert

Vice Chairman

Gary is a partner at LeapFrog Investments, a leader in ‘Profit with Purpose’ investing, building companies that maximise both financial and social returns. Formerly Gary was the joint Managing Director of Alexander Forbes Financial Services and he co-founded Investment Solutions. Gary joined the Chev Board in 2001.

Martin Sacks

Martin Sacks

Treasurer

Martin is the CEO of Westbrooke,a private investment and alternative asset management group. He is a CA by profession. Martin has been actively involved with the Chevrah Kadisha since 2007 when he joined the Board of Governors and was the first Chairman of Helping Hands. At the end of 2010 he assumed the responsibilities of Treasurer on the Board of Governors. He serves on the Board of Governors, Management Committee, Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee and Capital Fund.

Dr Richard H. Friedland

Dr Richard H. Friedland

Board of Governors

Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of Netcare Limited. As a young boy, Richard was a recipient of the Chevrah Kadisha’s chesed and considers it a privilege to be of service to the organisation. He has served on the Chev Board since 2013.

Sean Melnick

Sean Melnick

Board of Governors

Sean is the Chairman and a founder of Peregrine Holdings, a wealth and asset management company listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. He is also Chairman of Stenham, an international financial services group. He joined the Chev Board in 2002.

Lawrie Brozin

Lawrie Brozin

Board of Governors

Lawrie served articles with Arthur Andersen in Johannesburg and after qualifying as a CA became involved in managing his family’s business interests. He has been part of the management team at Brimstone since October 1996 and played a valuable role in growing the Group to the stage of its listing in July 1998. Lawrie was appointed Financial Director of Brimstone in 2007 and is Non-Executive Director of Nando’s Group Holdings Limited, The Scientific Group (Proprietary) Limited, Alternate Director at Sea Harvest Holdings (Proprietary) Limited, and Life Healthcare. He joined the Chev Board in 1995.

Rayanne Jacobson

Rayanne Jacobson

Board of Governors

Rayanne was CEO of Izwe Loans (SA), a micro-finance lender between April 2013 and April 2017, after working at Investec for 16 years in various roles including Investor Relations, Strategic Projects and Global IT. Rayanne has been involved with the Chevrah Kadisha since August 2012 and was honoured to be elected as the first woman to the Chev Board with effect from November 2013.

Brenda Lasersohn

Brenda Lasersohn

Board of Governors

Brenda Lasersohn has been a practicing psychologist in private practice since 1986. She has extensive experience as a psychotherapist and forensic psychologist and has provided consultation, supervision and psychotherapy training to Chevrah Kadisha Social Services (JCS) for over 30 years. Brenda considers it a deeply meaningful honour to have been appointed to the Chev Board with effect from November 2018.