Esmond was born and educated in Birmingham graduating from Loughborough Colleges in 1974 as a PE teacher. He commenced his career at Hendon School Barnet until 1977 when he travelled with wife Hilary, on public transport through Europe, Asia to India and Nepal. He then returned to Birmingham as the first Sports Action Community Organiser in the UK, a role which has become a model for inner City sports developments. Es was then appointed as the original Birmingham Jewish Youth and Community Worker, moving to Richmond upon Thames as Principal Youth and Community Officer in 1984. Appointed Director of the Liverpool Jewish Youth & Community Centre in 1986 and for the next 18 years, amongst other responsibilities was elected Chair of the Liverpool Faith Network. This played a significant grass roots role in enabling Liverpool, to achieve the Award of European Capital of Culture.
On his return to London in 2004 to take up an appointment at the Board of Deputies of British Jews as Director of Community Issues where he was involved in many educational and interfaith related issues. Es was then employed as Community Development Manager of Borehamwoood Synagogue the fastest growing Jewish community in London where amongst other roles he initiated and was elected vice chair of the Hertsmere Faith Leaders Forum. He has only recently retired (December 2016) as the Regional Development Manager for Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) a volunteering agency he helped to create whilst at the Board. He now chairs the Barnet Multi Faith Forum
Es is the editor of The Role of Righteous Muslims an educational booklet retelling “lost stories” of Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust – A Faith Matters Production;
Married to Hilary, with two children and 6 Grandchildren.
A lover of all sports and a lifelong Aston Villa sufferer and supporter!)
Trevor Alexander serves as Vice Chair of the Barnet Multi Faith Forum. He is the Forum’s representative from Middlesex University. As Christian and a lay minister in the Church of England he has served in various capacities in both ecumenical and interfaith groups during the past ten years
Barbara Carter is Secretary to the Forum. Her professional background is in HR and she currently runs a consultancy providing HR advice to small companies and charities. Having lived in Barnet for many years, she has been involved in various volunteering activities through the Jewish community - currently as an Advisor at Resource, a community employment advice service and previously as a founder of a communal welfare network.
In her spare time, she enjoys criss-crossing the Atlantic to visit her children and grandchildren in the USA and Canada and, when in the UK, the more relaxing pursuits of theatre, bridge and yoga.
Anthony Melnikoff JP
Anthony Melnikoff JP was appointed a magistrate in 2005 and sits primarily as a Bench chairman in both Adult Criminal and Family Courts, as well as on appeals in the Crown Court. Anthony Is specially trained to chair domestic violence cases.
Co-editor of Family Matters (FM) the journal of the Greater London Family Panel and formerly a university teacher. Anthony has also had a number of his plays produced in professional theatre,