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About Us

Honorary President of The Feinmann Trust.

Alan Wilkins

In 2017, after 16 years of distinguished service as a Trustee and seven as Chair, Alan accepted the position of Honorary President of The Feinmann Trust. He was previously chairman of the Manchester Jewish Forum, which represents all Jewish welfare organisations in Greater Manchester. Alan is a Mechanical Engineering (BSc) graduate of the University of Manchester and former chairman of the North West Region of the Institute of Management Consultancy. He has over 40 years’ experience as a management consultant and was a senior partner with Urwick Orr until 1983, when he became a director of Profile Consulting Group. In 1986, he was appointed managing director of Profile and operated as chief executive until he retired in 2007.


Ian Paul

Ian Paul is a property investor and joined the Board in 2011 to advise on property development and future strategies. Ian and Jonathan (qv) were the driving force in the partnership with Belong leading to the development of the new Village. Ian is a firm believer in supporting Jewish facilities across Manchester and is committed to promoting Belong Morris Feinmann to all members of the Jewish community who, he hopes, will fully use the facilities that it provides. Ian was appointed Chair of the Board in 2016.

Jonathan Engler

Jonathan is a qualified doctor and lawyer and also has significant commercial experience. He was brought onto the Board in 2012, and, together with Ian Paul (see above) formulated and executed the closure of the old Home and the re-development of the site in partnership with Belong.

Helen Lister

Helen qualified as a pharmacist in 1963. She spent several years working in retail and hospital pharmacy before going on to run her own community pharmacy in Manchester from 1981 to 1999. It was here where she gained experience working with nursing homes.
Helen was appointed a trustee of Morris Feinmann Home in August 2000. She served as vice-chairman of the trustees from 2001 to 2003 and as chairman of the board of trustees from November 2003 to November 2009. She now works closely with Alan Wilkins as deputy chair of Morris Feinmann. She is working with her fellow Trustees and volunteer team to ensure that the Jewish religious and cultural character of Belong MFH is maintained.

Vanessa Goldstone

Educated at Manchester High School and Manchester University, Vanessa Goldstone started her career as a specialist law librarian before moving to become Head of Learning and Development for a large national law firm.
Her voluntary work includes becoming a Magistrate and a member of their Advisory Board, as well as being a Trustee of CIAO, an organisation providing life coaching in prison.
She joined the Board of Morris Feinmann Homes Trust in 2010 and sees her role in the new Village as a positive way of supporting the elderly amongst Manchester’s Jewish community.

Alan Hyams

Alan is treasurer of The Feinmann Trust. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience of the care sector. He is an elected council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales representing Greater Manchester.
He is married and has three grown up children.

Latest News

Following the topping-out ceremony (see here), the opening date for the new Village was announced.

Belong Morris Feinmann to open on 19th June 2017

Belong Morris Feinmann will accept new residents from 19 June 2017. Enquiries for residential care or an apartment in the new village should be addressed to Further information can be found here

Sir Howard Bernstein marks start-on-site of Belong Morris Feinmann care village

Manchester City Council CEO, Sir Howard Bernstein, has performed the ceremonial cutting of the turf to mark the development of a new £12m Belong care village in Didsbury, Manchester. The Morris Feinmann Homes Trust has collaborated with specialist care operator, …

Belong Morris Feinmann gets the green light in Didsbury | Belong Villages

Belong, has partnered with the Morris Feinmann Homes Trust to create a new £12m Belong community care village in West Didsbury. The project, which has now received formal planning consent, will provide specialist care services to the Jewish community in …