Archives: Our Team
Robert has been associated with the aged care industry in a senior management capacity for more than 30 years. During that time he has managed leading organisations in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and has developed a broad insight and knowledge of the aged care industry, both at an operational and policy level.
As the current NSW/ACT representative Director and Deputy Chairman of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the largest peak industry body representing aged care providers, Robert advocates on behalf of the industry to ensure providers operate within a framework that supports quality outcomes for residents and providers alike.
In his role as Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore, Robert has primary responsibility for overseeing the effective day-to-day management of the organisation’s aged care operations, which include four residential aged care campuses accommodating more than 700 residents, adult day care centres, and an extensive home and community outreach program. Robert also plays an active role in the organisation’s strategic planning and business development.
Renée is a clinical psychologist and holds a degree in education. Renée was elected to the Montefiore Board in 2001, having already been an active member of the Operations Committee.
In her years as a Board member, she has written papers, presented at conferences on aspects of ageing, dementia, placing one’s relative in Montefiore and life within Montefiore.
Renée is passionate about contributing to the education of staff. She authored and was instrumental in setting up the Montefiore Staff Holocaust Awareness program which is conducted monthly at the Sydney Jewish Museum.
Gary is a financial and corporate adviser with more than 25 years of experience in commercial business, including property management and development, property funds management and public company experience. He’s been Head of Property for one of the largest property portfolios in NSW managing a team of more than of 75 staff who look after property worth in excess of $3 billion.
Gary is past Chairman of IWPE Nominees Pty Ltd, Trustee and Custodian for Investec Bank [Australia] Limited. He is a non-executive director for a number of other companies and has been CFO for a top 200 ASX-listed company.
He has been Vice President of Montefiore since 2004, prior to which he served as Honorary Treasurer for 3 years. Gary is a member of the Investment and Finance Committees, Chairs the Operations and Quality Committee, represents Montefiore on the Joint Operating Committee of the Burger Centre and is a Director of National Nurses Plus and Maroubra Shores.
David has played substantive leadership roles in our community for the last 35 years culminating in his presidency of the JCA (2005-2011) where he continues to be an Honorary Life Governor. Today he is a Board member of BJE and the founding President of the Burger Centre. Outside of his community involvement, David is the Chairman of two private companies and one public company. He received an Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to the Jewish community and business in 2012.
Allan is the Managing Director of the Toga Group of Companies, a property development, construction, investment and hospitality management group. He graduated from the University of NSW with Bachelor of Commerce and Laws degrees in 1985 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1986. Prior to Allan joining the Toga Group where he is responsible for the Group’s strategy and operations, he worked in the banking and finance sector.
He served on the Board of JewishCare between 2006 and 2018 including as President between 2010 and 2018.
He also had strong earlier communal involvement with the Keren Hayesod and the United Israel Appeal.
Other previous directorships include the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) and the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC).
Gary started his career in the NSW Police Force. For over 24 years, Gary worked in a number of roles in NSW Government including a number of senior executive roles. For eight years he served as the Executive Director in Family and Community Services, more recently for the Stronger Communities Investment and Inclusion Directorate. He was recruited to lead the COVID-19 response on behalf of the Department of Communities and Justice. In this capacity, he established the Vulnerable Priority Cohorts Strategy Group which delivered calculated, adaptive social policy changes and highly effective operational services.
Gary has worked closely with Ministers from NSW Government and Agencies to orchestrate a suite of strategies and frameworks including the NSW Carers Strategy 2020-2030; NSW Ageing Strategy; Whole-of-Government Outcomes Framework for Vulnerable Families and an overhaul of the Child Protection System.
Gary demonstrates a strategic mindset that, in its forward-looking focus, understands the role of data in high quality decision making.
He also consistently displays a strong sense of personal integrity and exceptional stakeholder engagement skills. He joined JewishCare in 2021 as CEO.
Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI, a multi award-winning training and education company delivering learning to the ASX200, large government organisations, and individuals across Australia. She was responsible for the creation of MCI’s online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. Jenna led the sale of MCI to APM, Australia’s largest private human services provider.
Jenna has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She was on the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 list and serves on the boards of Mum for Mum and the Jewish National Fund.
Jenna has been on the Board of JewishCare since 2019.
Caryn Sandler is a Partner and the Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer at Gilbert + Tobin. Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team and G+T Innovate. These teams provide specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery, and also deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. Caryn’s role encompasses responsibility for over 80 lawyers and business support staff working across Innovation and Legal Transformation, Legal Technology and Legal Project Management.
Prior to this role, Caryn worked as an ECM and M&A lawyer in both Australia and the UK.
Caryn is a regular speaker at global legal technology and innovation conferences and was recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. Caryn also won ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the Women in Law Awards in both 2019 and 2020.
Caryn is a director of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, member of the Gonski Jewish School Review Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Legal Innovation, College of Law.
Caryn has a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia). She is also a Certified Practising Project Practitioner and Certified ICAgile Professional.
Appointed Chair March 2020
Craig is the Co-CEO and Founder of Blue River Group, an impact investment services firm. Prior to establishing Blue River Group in 2015, Craig spent 25 years in the finance sector, 22 of which were at the investment bank Macquarie Group. He was the Global Group Treasurer & Executive Director at Macquarie prior to retiring from banking in 2012. Craig has been an active member of the Jewish community having previously served as Treasurer of Emanuel Synagogue and was also a member of the JCA Investment Committee.
Michelle is a director of a private investment company, and has more than 30 years financial services experience, including 10 years as Chief Investment Officer of Ivany Investment Group. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also a qualified Chartered Accountant. She currently chairs Impact Asset Management and the Investment Committee of Impact Investment Group, is a member of Quintessential Equities’ Advisory Board, advises HNW families and works for a number of philanthropic organisations. Michelle is currently a member of Global Citizen’s Policy Advisory Board in New York, and until recently was a Director of So They Can, an African NGO. She has previously served on a number of NSW Jewish Communal Appeal boards.