Leo Noé, the businessman and philanthropist who was named by the Sunday Times Giving List as one of the top 30 givers of all time, has been appointed chair of the Centre for Social Justice Foundation.
The CSJ Foundation was founded by the leading UK think-tank, the Centre for Social Justice, whose work focuses on addressing the root causes of poverty. The Foundation champions the work of frontline grassroots charities, gives them a voice to help shape national policy in Westminster, and provides a bridge to philanthropists looking to increase the impact of their support. The Foundation has offices in Manchester, Newcastle, Leicester and London.
Leo Noé has over 40 years’ experience in business, primarily in real estate and even more years in philanthropy. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Noé group and formerly Chairman of BMO Real Estate Partners. Through the Rachel Charitable Trust, he supports a wide range of charities in the UK and Israel and is trustee and patron of a number of leading education and welfare institutions including Kisharon in the UK and Aleh in Israel.
Leo Noé said: “I am delighted to be joining the CSJ Foundation, an exciting organisation that is seeking to revolutionise the small charity sector in the UK. I share the Foundation’s vision and passion for small, community-based charities and social enterprises – so much good work is done at the grassroots level, and I want to help support the organisations doing that work. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Nathan Gamester, CSJ Foundation Managing Director said: “We’re thrilled Leo is joining us as Chair. There’s no one better to help drive the organisation forward into new and exciting areas. He has a phenomenal track record in business and philanthropy. Ultimately, we are here to support the fantastic grassroots organisations who work tirelessly in local communities day-in-day-out. With Leo on board, I look forward to driving our mission forward to help those who really need it.”