Shraga Zaltzman will be leaving the organisation to take up a senior position outside of the charity sector, following 10 years at the helm of Work Avenue.
Debbie Sheldon, currently Chief Operating Officer of Work Avenue, has been appointed by the trustees as the new Chief Executive Officer. Debbie was involved in the development of the charity from the planning stages in 2006. She has worked in all areas of the organisation from Careers Adviser, Head of Training, Head of Business and most recently as Chief Operating Officer (COO). A qualified teacher and counsellor, Debbie has worked across the entire spectrum of the Jewish community and understands the needs of Work Avenue clients and has strong links with Work Avenue’s stakeholders, partners and donors.
Chairman of the trustees of Work Avenue, Mark Morris, commented “Shraga has worked tirelessly for Work Avenue over the last 10 years and has indeed placed it firmly on the map as a leading charity within the Jewish Community. We wish him much success in his new position and know he will remain a friend of Work Avenue. I, together with my fellow trustees am delighted that Debbie has agreed to accept the position of CEO and we look forward to working with her and the rest of the Work Avenue team to continue the excellent work that Work Avenue is doing in improving the lives of so many in our Community by helping them become financially independent.“
Shraga Zaltzman reflected “I am very proud of the progress and results that the exceptional team at Work Avenue has achieved during my time as CEO. It was my privilege to have led them in creating a charity that is able to help anyone at any stage to increase their earning potential. I am very pleased that Debbie has agreed to succeed me as CEO. We have worked closely together over the past 10 years and I am confident that she is the right person to take Work Avenue to its next stage of development. I wish Debbie, the Board and all the Work Avenue team only the best for continued success.”
Debbie Sheldon said “Having been with this wonderful organisation since its inception eleven years ago, I am delighted to have the opportunity of building on Shraga’s achievements. Work Avenue has become an integral part of the Jewish Community by helping to develop their businesses and secure gainful employment. Helping people to earn a living with dignity and pride is undoubtedly one of the most important things we can do together as a Community. We have lots of exciting plans for the future I am particularly proud to be leading our highly professional team and working with our superb trustees and very generous supporters to achieve even more success and help even more people in the future.”